People often contact me for advice about becoming an expat in Canada, and many of their questions concern the availability and cost of accommodation, and the potential for work. I can only tell them what I know in relation to the area I’m familiar with, but Canada’s a BIG place, so for a more accurate assessment I direct them to the numerous expat websites that are specifically designed to help and inform those considering an expat life.
Expat resource websites are a lifeline for those new to the expatriate game and a “tried and tested” aid to those who’ve been global nomads for longer than they can remember. They’re an invaluable tool for helping the expatriate integrate into their environment and get the most out of their experience.
One such site is ExpatBlog, an online expatriate community, written by expats for expats, covering everything you need to move and settle abroad. Launched in 2005 with the specific aim of helping people to live abroad, wherever they are from or would like to go, it’s the most active online community of expatriates, with 420,000 members from 206 countries and 400 big cities.
Among the tools at your disposal are:
- discussion forums
- expatriate blogs directory
- photo albums
- business directory
To further assist the would-be expat to Canada, ExpatBlog has launched two new dedicated spaces: a jobs section and a housing section, aimed at helping people in their job and accommodation search, two daunting yet essential steps when expatriating.
The new resources allow users to post or search job opportunities in Canada, by category (more than 100 jobs and fields), and to create a CV.
In the Canada housing section, all types of accommodation are advertised. Again, users can both search for, or post up, accommodation available.
Expat resource sites like ExpatBlog make it easier than ever before to lay the foundations for your travel/expat experience before you’ve even left familiar shores. They’re also pretty handy for getting a feel for a destination, even if it’s just a trip or extended visit rather than your potential new home. Information from those already living there often touches on areas relevant to a visitor in more depth than a dry guidebook will. You’ll get an up-to-date idea of the cost of living and the day-to-day concerns experienced by the community.
If the idea of living abroad has been knocking about at the back of your mind for years, why not use these sites to help you make a final decision. Who knows, it could be reading something you write about your new home that helps someone else to take the leap…
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