Tips for immigrants

Tips for immigrants

About Canada our man knows quite a bit. The NHL and maple syrup — perhaps the knowledge of the layman about the country are limited. Overall, the security situation in Canada can be described in three words: very safe country.

Public order

Foreigners who came to Canada for tourism or study, noted the high level of security in the country. However, I advise you to be careful on the outskirts of large cities, especially Ottawa and Montreal

  • In metro and railway stations you can stumble upon a number of homeless people. Mostly they are harmless, because the state takes good care of them, but there may be unexpected and hostile personality. In this case, immediately contact your local cops.
  • Smoking in public places is prohibited in most Canadian provinces. For disobedience smokers are fined.
  • To change the currency "with hands" is a common ploy of fraudsters. To exchange money use banks, exchange offices, airports, railway stations or hotels.
  • In Canada, many national parks and natural reserves: they are proud Canadians, and in their territory it is strictly forbidden to litter, start fires or harm the environment in any other way.  

On cultural diversity

  • In Canada a lot of visitors. Immigrants co-exist peacefully, and the diversity of cultures and religious faiths are welcome. For example, here you can find a Chinese, a word does not know Chinese, but fluently speaking English. Or another example: the official language of Quebec is French. However, the French spoken in Canada is very different from his European brother, and so that you can not immediately understand what that language is...
  • Be careful with xenophobic statements: under canadian law, you can bring them to justice.
  • In conversation, it is desirable to avoid such "patients" for Canadians, the independence of Quebec and the contemporary situation of the indigenous population of Canada.

On the road

If you decide to rent a car, consider the following:

  • in Canada there is a right-hand traffic;
  • in Quebec the road signs only in French (and in Vancouver they are in English and in Chinese);
  • On the freeways in some of the larger cities in Canada there is a strip of "Diamond Lane" - it is intended only for the movement of buses and sometimes taxis and/or bicycles and travel along it threatens you with a fine (not to mention the risks of accident);
  • In many Canadian cities (except Montreal) is allowed to turn right on a red light (after stopping);
  • Parking by a fire hydrant is prohibited;
  • the Canadian Parking lots in big cities possible burglary, therefore, urge you not to leave valuables in the car. Due to the prevalence of such thefts in Montreal (and other cities) for open the lock on the door of the car, or left in sight in the car valuable things you can be fined;
  • the DUI threatened with deportation from the country;
  • In many Canadian provinces there are high fines for talking on mobile


Winter in Canada is with possible storms and snow storms, it is particularly common in the Eastern territories (on the Atlantic coast), but sometimes possible in the West of the country. If you are traveling by car, check in advance the weather forecast and bring the kit to provide first aid in a strong storm you may have to sleep in the car. In Eastern Canada need to dress warmly, wear a scarf and gloves, because of the strong winter winds, the risk of frostbite.
During summer time on the Western and North-Western areas of the country (especially in British Columbia) forest fires happen. In this case, roads will be closed, so, before you go on a trip by car, check the news reports.