Canada is one of the largest countries in the world coming second only to Russia. Even with its vast area, Canada has a very low population and this makes it a preferred destination for many tourists, visitors and emigrants.
Even with the country on the verge of a recession, it still remains one of the most preferred destinations for emigrants. This country has everything to offer from scenic landscape to near-perfect weather. The winters are cold and the summers are hot but if you like something in between, Canada is still the place for you.
There are many reasons why emigrants are attracted to Canada. Even with allegations of waste management problems, Canada is still friendly to emigrants. Here are a few reasons why several people are choosing to move here as opposed to other parts of the world.
|Very low unemployment rates; there are numerous opportunities both for skilled and unskilled labour|
|Great weather; the climate is varied and can work for a diverse population|
|A great healthcare plan|
|Brilliant education system|
|Reasonable emigrant laws|
It has been a hot issue for residents of Canada that housing units are so unaffordable especially in urban centres. Foreigners occupy most urban centres which remain out of the reach of indigenous residents due to high costs.
With politicians promising to sort out this issue of affordable housing especially for locals, the real estate industry in Canada is bound to change in the next few years. The major aim of the new policies being proposed it seems is to tame foreign buyers and provide more opportunity to locals. In the meantime though, buying real estate in Canada and finding housing is easier than in most places in the world.
If you are moving to Canada with some household items, you will need to find a good shipping company. Safety and security for your items should be the top criteria when choosing a shipping company.
There are many companies online but not all of them can guarantee you bespoke packaging and transport services. Professional handling of your household items is important to prevent damages.
The cost of shipping is dependent on what you are taking with you. Most companies weigh your items and base their shipping charges on this. You can take advantage of shipping companies that offer discounts especially during off-peak seasons.
Insurance for your household items during shipping is crucial. Always insist on a written contract that assures you of compensation in the event of damage brought about by mishandling or accidents.
Another important aspect of shipping household stuff to Canada is the time it takes. Make sure you verify how long it takes to ship your items. To reduce cost of shipping sometimes travellers share containers with other people shipping to a similar location. Using a private container is more expensive but you stand to avoid delays and time-consuming mix-ups.
As is the case in many other countries, there are dos and don’ts when you are moving to Canada. There are things you can carry and those you cannot. The most amazing thing about moving household items to Canada is that you do not have to pay duty on them.
Duty is the fee that the country charges you for shipping things into the state. If the household goods are new or have not been used however you have to pay import duty on them.
Items Exempt from Duty Charges
Here a few household items that you do not have to pay duty on when moving to Canada.
Appliances e.g. refrigerator
Collections of stamps, coins e.t.c
Silverware and so much more
Items You Must Pay Duty On
Vehicles especially those you intend to use commercially
Household items purchased on the way to Canada
Equipment to be used in construction or manufacturing industry
If you are simply visiting Canada or passing through on your way to a different destination you may want to bring your vehicle along for ease of transport. In such cases, the Canadian government allows you to do so without complying with MVSA (motor vehicle safety act) regulations.
For other cases which then qualify as vehicles from outside to be used in the country permanently, you have to register with the imported vehicles program.
Canada is an emigrant friendly destination. However, failing to comply with rules as regards moving into the state with household items can land you in trouble with the Canadian government.
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