You are in one of the most welcoming countries for Students from around the world. Living, working and studying in Canada is a dream for many people. However, you have already been able to make it happen and at this point, you may already have fallen in love with the country.
As an International Student, you have gradually adapted to the lifestyle of Canada and the experience has been incredible. For instance, you might be considering the idea of extending your stay in Canada.
Don’t worry! Here we will tell you everything about living, working and studying in Canada, if you have already spent a season in the country. You will discover how to start a new study program, types of institutions and visas, as well as everything about working, living and even migrating to Canada. Shall we start?
Canada is one of the most educated countries in the world. In 2015, 90% of people in Canada between the ages of 25 and 64 completed at least secondary school, and 66% of them received post-secondary educational qualifications. Canada is located in the northern part of The North American continent, with an area of about 10 million square kilometers, consists of 10 provinces and three territories, inhabited by more than 35 million people, the currency of the Canadian dollar, and the official language in English and French.
There is a public and private educational system in Canada, and the Canadian government greatly supports education from kindergarten to post-secondary, where on average 6% of its gross domestic product is spent on education, in general the education system is divided into three levels: Primary, secondary, post-secondary, and education is available for five-year-olds (with the exception of Ontario and Quebec, where children can start a year earlier), primary education extends from kindergarten or first grade depending on the province (ages six to seven) It runs until the eighth grade (ages 13 to 14), and the school year usually starts from September to June.
International students choose to study in one of the two official languages in Canada, English or French, where some educational institutions offer programs in both languages, although students do not need to master both languages to enroll in any level in Canada, and in most parts of Canada, the main language of education at a level Universities are English, and in Quebec students are generally required to learn French until the end of high school.
As an international student in Canada, one of your main challenges is controlling your expenses. A key to doing this is to have a clear understanding of the cost of living in Canada.
Below we will talk about the most important, however, you should take into account others such as meals away from home or leisure plans.
In cities like Toronto and Vancouver, you will find markets of all kinds. You have to pay attention, because the price differences can be really significant.
We recommend you check with people in the sector which is the most recommended place in terms of prices and quality. In general, if you cook at home, the cost of food in Canada is around CAD 300 – CAD 500 per month.
This is one of the most important expenses for your budget. The alternatives are many: student residences, home share, apartments, rent of rooms and homestays. However, the last two are generally cheaper.
These alternatives cost between CAD 900 and CAD 1,200. The variation will depend on the location and the extra benefits you can get.
Our recommendation in this regard is that if you make frequent use of public transportation in Canada, buy a monthly ticket.
This is an excellent way to save money, you can move as much as you need with a fixed cost per month. Depending on the city, this ticket will cost you around CAD 128.15 per month.
We know that currently it is essential to be connected, therefore, you should consider the cost of a cellular plan. However, keep in mind that in many places you will have access to the Internet, so it is not necessary to pay an expensive plan.
Depending on the company and the type of plan you want, it can cost between CAD 40 and CAD 60.
Accessing an international student work permit is an excellent alternative. As you should already know, this authorizes you to work for 20 hours a week and in the holiday season, up to 40 hours.
This permission is only granted to those who take programs lasting more than 6 months (with the exception of language courses) in an institution accredited by the Government. It is essential that you know that you can only use your work permit from the beginning of your course.
During this time you have surely begun to identify some features of Canadian culture, which is key during your adaptation process.
Canadians are generally characterized by their friendliness. Being a multicultural country, respect for difference is part of its most important values. On the other hand, many of its cultural features are of European influence, as well as of its indigenous peoples.
Now we want to show you some facts about the Canadian culture that will be of great help to you: