Canadians offer their own advice to new immigrants reading the new government guide

We recently blogged about the new version of the guide to Canada for new immigrants that the government of Canada has released. This newer version puts more emphasis on Canada’s military and ties to the monarchy than the last version, and the guidebook is almost twice as long this time around. Tips For New Immigrants To Canada

But the Globe and Mail asked their readers if there was anything they thought should be added to the guide, and many of the responses could be quite helpful to new immigrants in Canada.

”Buy good winter clothes” top piece of advice for new immigrants

One of the Globe and Mail’s readers suggested that new immigrants in Canada invest in decent winter clothes including boots and gloves, while also making sure they put winter tires on their vehicles and go camping when they get a chance.

One reader who himself was a new immigrant at one time said that he was surprised at what it costs to rent an apartment in Canada because the population density is so low, and it was more than he expected initially. He also suggests that a guidebook for new immigrants should give them a better idea of the costs of living in Canada.

Another reader suggested that guidebooks for new immigrants should include more information on local government like municipal government, and that new immigrants should be encouraged to be involved in their communities.

The full Globe and Mail Article is available here, and it’s worth a read!

If you could write a guidebook for new immigrants in Canada, what kinds of things would you want to tell them?

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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