Why Canada ?
Living in Canada is a total change in your life! It is a country filled with magnificent rural landscapes with ultra modern cities. It is a popular destination with people who are in search of incredible natural landscapes with equipped modern cities we find in the western world. Canada is also very often classified number 1 in the directory of United Nations about the index of the human development. Most of its cities are also in the top 10 of the best cities in the world where life is enjoyable, thanks to its professional opportunities, its quality of education, its style and its quality of life, the equipment of its cities and the cost of living. Canada in one of the strongest economy in the world and is part of the G8.
Canada is also one of the the safest and without danger countries in the world and also has the reputation to be one of the the most "friendly" country.
While Canada covers a very vast region, the majority of people live in cities positioned within 200km of the American border, which leaves the biggest uninhabited part of the country.
Many expatriates find the cost of living much lower than in their own countries (especially the French people:)).
The prices of the accommodations are much cheaper and moreover a lot of people emigrate in Canada to buy a property.
Jobs for expat and career opportunities.
The Canadian government showed the desire to employ immigrant workers for years, and were very fast to recognize that the skills of the foreigners are very important in the growth of their economy.
Thus it is very simple for you during your linguistic stay to find a job.
The majority of the expats living in Canada find work in the insurances, the catering, the industrial production as well as more and more in the offices. In the past, Canada suffered from a deficit of skills in the engineering and this is why the expats workiung in project management, processes or engineering, are in great demand.
The unemployment rate in Canada in July, 2016 is only 6.9 %.
Canada is endowed with one of the best educational system and the most respected one in the world. Every year, thousands of students from other countries pursue their studies in Canada.
You will need a licence of study to be able to study at the University or if your linguistic stay exceeds 6 months.
Canada not beeing part of the European Union, every French student has to be in possession of a valid passport and make a request of registration form via internet, or at the closest Canadian embassy from your home.
The studying visa application is made when you received by mail a letter proving your admission in a Canadian University, or in a private school for your linguistic stay. Hello Study will take care of it for you. Once this certificate is received, you can continue with your procedures to obtain your student visa.
Necessary documents to obtain the Canadian student visa:
- Photocopy of the six first pages of the passport
- Two photos passport
- Original or certified copy of the letter of acceptancefrom the university or of the school
- The proof of financial means (approximately 6000 euros)
- Set-up fees
The amount of set-up fees for the student visa application is approximately 90 euros.
It takes around two weeks for the embassy to reply, if positive or not for your visa. This deadline can reach a maximum of 5 weeks during the most important periods, that is why it is advised to start the visa application as soon as possible, once your have the proof of admission from the school. It is advised to start these steps 2 months before your departure.
If the linguistic stay youl have chosen is 6 months or less, no student visa is asked.
The working holiday visa : like for Australia and New Zealand, this visa allows you to work or to study during 1 year renewable. It is available from 17 to 35 years old. However, unlike these countries, Canada has settle a quota system for each country. In 2016, there were 6400 available visas for the French people.
For more information on quota and this visa = > http://pvtistes.net/pvt-canada-2016
There are different types of insurances according to the chosen visa.
The Working Holiday Insurance:
One of the the most important point not to neglect during the preparation of your journey,is the insurance!. Indeed, this one is COMPULSORY, as indicated on the official page of the Canadian embassy. The social protection in Canada varies from a province to another, and its access for the foreigners too.
It is indicated on the site of the Canadian embassy that you must have subscribed to the insurance contract before your arrival in Canada, and this one will have to cover you for disease, hospitalization and repatriation on the whole Canadian territory at least and on the total duration of your stay in Canada. At your arrival, a Canadian agent will check if you subscribed to an insurance before your departure.
When you leave studying in Canada, the health coverage for students is not the same depending on the province of residence and thus varies from province to province.
In certain provinces, students are not covered by the health coverage of the province, and then they have to go for a private insurances. To have a peaceful stay, it is thus strongly recommended to take French insurer before your departure.
In certain other provinces where there is a health coverage, it will not be even possible to obtain the provincial insurance because the conditions are too restrictive for foreign students.
Contact us for more information and we shall find you the best health insurance!
Climate and seasons
Canada is the biggest second country on Earth and has 3 Oceanic coast:
- The Pacific Ocean on the West
- The Atlantic Ocean in the East
- The Arctic ocean in the North
Canada is also in border with the US in the South and in the northeast.
Canada has different types of landscapes. There are mountainous regions, different types of forests, meadows, the region arctic with the ground totally and constantly frozen. Canada is also full of rivers and lakes.
You will find 4 seasons that you know : spring, summer, autumn, winter.
- Summers are from June till September and weither from warm to very warm, from 20 to 30 degrees and even more in the South of the Ontario and Quebec, it can be also wet.
- The autumn and the spring are the transition seasons, Thats means that the weither start to become colder or hotter, with rain!
- The winter is very cold in most regions with temperatures often below zero. The snow covers the ground from December to March or April. In the southwest of British Columbia, the rain is more often present than the snow.
To reassure you dear Frenchpeople, the Canadian cold remains "relatively" bearable because it is often a dry cold.
You have choose Canada for your linguistic stay? Do not hesitate to contact us. We represent several schools in various Canadian cities and would be delighted being able to accompany you on your stay!