Through the years, Canada has become a favorite destination among many OFWs. With its growing labor market and specialists in many fields, professionals and skilled workers are desperately needed by Canadian employers.
For those Filipinos looking to work and experience life in the country famous for its excellent working conditions and compensation, universal healthcare and top-notch educational system, here are some reminders to prepare you for your big move.
1. Pack up some clothing for cold weather.
The bitter cold of a Canadian winter will surely surprise Filipinos who are accustomed to a tropical climate. Apart from the country’s west coast in British Columbia, nowhere else in Canada does the average temperature exceed zero in winter time. Vast parts of the country can dip as low as -30°C or -40°C, but the good news is you can come prepared with the right clothing and attitude.
2. Get ready to meet people from different cultures.
Generations of immigrants have continuously received a warm welcome from Canada. All races and religions are highly respected by all Canadian employers. In fact, more than 20% of Canadians were born in another country, and this is expected to reach nearly 50% by 2031. In any major city, you will encounter various languages, religions, and cultures. You don't need to let go of your culture or values after moving to Canada, but you still need to adapt to their basic way of living to have the greatest chance of achieving success and blending in with society.
3. Get acquainted with their two official languages.
Both English and French are the official languages in Canada. There are laws enforced to make sure everyone uses enough French in certain areas. As for Canadian English, it is a special kind that can confuse many of those who are not familiar with it. The most famous phrase is 'eh', which Canadians like to use at the end of almost any sentence, while the most famous word is "sorry" because Canadians often apologize to other Canadians at any given opportunity. Walk down a street or through a supermarket, and you'll never stop hearing it.
4. Limit smoking to the minimum.
Smoking is prohibited in public places, such as stores, offices, restaurants, hospitals and other places of employment. This also includes public or shared areas of apartment buildings and rental complexes. The only places where you are allowed to smoke are in your own living space, your vehicle (unless you are with a minor), and in the great outdoors.
So for those who are up for an extraordinary Canadian experience, be sure to remember these details and apply now to the latest overseas jobs posted by POEA-licensed recruitment agencies on WorkAbroad.ph.