Canada & Canadian Citizenship
Immigrants to Canada need to live in this country for four years before they can apply for citizenship.
Your life in Canada – the first four years and the years after that – will be filled with a lot of surprises. Some of the surprises will be good, and some may be bad.
Learn about Canadian systems (healthcare, education, workplace (see the “Find a Job & Keep the Job” section) and Canadian culture before immigration, and your life in this country will be much more enjoyable.
To prepare for the citizenship test, watch the videos in the “Discover Canada” section. Also, there are many websites that will help you practice answering questions after you studied the “Discover Canada” book and watched the videos. Read the tips (advice) on how to study more effectively and get better results faster.
The biggest stress for new immigrants is that everything is different, new and unfamiliar. The more you learn, the more relaxed and comfortable you will feel in your new country.
Some people think “Canada is going to be the same as my country, just different weather, clothes and food.” In fact, so many other things are different that new immigrants are often shocked! Read about how Multiculturalism works in Canada, how Body Language maybe different from that of your first country and about what types of Gifts are considered appropriate for different people.
People from almost 200 countries immigrate to Canada. Here you find different languages and different cultures mixed together. So how can all these different people live and work with each other? The answer is simple: we SHARE. We share two things: language and culture.
WE SHARE ENGLISH and FRENCH languages so that we all could understand each other and communicate in the community and at work. We show respect for people by speaking English at work and at school because that means we are open and honest with everyone around.
WE SHARE CANADIAN CULTURE too – at work and in public places. In our homes, we can choose whichever culture we prefer. But when we go to a shared (public) place, we share the Canadian culture rules, written and unwritten. This way we can all live in harmony and peace with each other.