Getting a driver’s licence in Québec

In Québec, like everywhere else, there are laws to follow if you want to drive. If you have just arrived in Québec from another country or province and already have a driver’s licence, you just need to exchange it at the SAAQ or pass an exam. For more information about the exchange, read our [...]

International driving permit

Once you are well settled in your new home in Canada you may want to discover a little bit more of the country and the American continent. With your Québec driving license, you can drive in almost every other country but some may also ask for an international driving permit. You don't have to [...]

What to do when you get sick

Feeling sick today? If you are a newcomer in the country, you may panic a little and wonder what to do. Don’t worry, the system is really well organized, and if or when you get sick, you will be taken care of quickly. At first you have to know where to go. If you [...]

Where to find a good babysitter in Canada

When you arrive in a new city, you lose all your points of reference and need to discover everything all over again. But if you have little children it can be more difficult to get out and about to do your exploring. However, it can be difficult in a new town to find a babysitter. [...]

Do taxes yourself

Once a year, you have to fill in an income tax return for the government. It is an obligation as a worker in Canada, whatever your status is. At each payroll that you receive, the government automatically deducts taxes and when you send your tax return, a certain amount of these taxes will be [...]

How to get Canadian citizenship

If you have been settled in Canada for a few years and feel a strong affinity to the country, you may wish to apply for Canadian citizenship. The process is not always straightforward, so you need to be properly prepared before you apply. Firstly, you need to determine if you are eligible to become [...]

International Experience Canada: Working Holiday Visa

Are you a young adult who wants to spend a couple of years discovering a new country, travelling, working temporarily and gaining new and exciting life experiences in Canada? If you are between the 18 and 35 years old (30 years old for some nationalities) and are citizens of France, Switzerland, Australia and other [...]

Telecommunications costs in Canada

When you move to Canada, you will have to deal with a lot of formalities: bank account, schooling for children, RAMQ, car insurance… Some are obvious, but you could forget about some others that we take for granted like phone or internet subscriptions. Today we look at the costs of telecommunications in Canada. Firstly, [...]

Rising educational costs in Québec’s universities

Montréal universities, well known for their teaching quality, are some of the best places to study around the world. But depending on where you are coming from, you may not pay the same price as Québec students. So let's take a look at educational costs in Canada. Since 1978 (until 2015), French students were [...]

Prepaid bank cards in Canada

Relocating to Canada isn’t easy. There are a lot of banking issues: where can I withdraw cash? Which shops will accept credit or debit cards? Are there fees applying to withdrawals or wire transfers? There are some possible alternatives other than a classic bank account, like the prepaid bank card. It works the same [...]

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