Where to shop for specific products in Montréal, Québec

When you first arrive in Montréal, you may have some questions about what the best stores are to do your different types of shopping. You might have heard people mention SAQ, but don't know what they mean, or you may be wondering where to buy stationery. There are some shopping quirks specific to the [...]

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 [...]

Vancouver goes green

After the Winter Olympic Games were held in Vancouver in 2010, Vancouver set a new goal for itself for 2011-2020: Becoming the greenest city in the world ever! Located between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is surrounded by nature. However, due to urbanization, climate change and population growth, the city had [...]

Health Insurance Card in Québec: RAMQ

The health insurance card in Québec, otherwise known as a RAMQ card (Régie de l'assurance maladie Québec), gives all cardholders access to a range of healthcare services covered under the Québec Healthcare Insurance Plan. The services include medical, dental, optometric and pharmaceutical services, and by presenting your RAMQ card you will not be billed [...]

Ambulance service in Québec

The ambulance service in Québec is well developed and efficient. Of course, we hope you won't need it, but you should know how it works. Firstly, there is only one phone number for different emergency services, including ambulance, police and fire service: 911. Please note that dialling 911 is for emergencies only; it is [...]

Health Insurance in Ontario: OHIP

When you relocate, knowing about the Ontario healthcare system is very important, as it will most likely be different from your home country. The government-run Ontario Health Insurance Plan, or OHIP, covers most basic and emergency medical services in, and outside of Ontario, provided they are needed for medical reasons. OHIP also permits healthcare [...]

Canada Ranks #3 in Legatum Prosperity Index 2013

The Legatum Prosperity IndexTM 2013 is out, and Canada ranks 3rd in the world for its overall prosperity, right behind Norway and Switzerland. The country’s ranking leaped from 6th to 3rd in just one year, thus confirming its position as the leader of the Americas region. For five years now, the Legatum Institute has [...]

Autumn apples: How not to overdose!

Do you remember the old saying: “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? But what if you are surrounded by them wherever you go? To top it off, your lovely children bring apples home by the kilo, because they take school trips to the apple orchards, which are by the way also a [...]

Maternity, Paternity or Parental Leaves: How it works in Canada

Expecting a baby is a very exciting event in life. No matter if it is your first, second or third, your daily routine and the organization within your family will change. It raises many questions concerning the options for maternity leave, such as: which parent can take time from work? for how long? and [...]

Sunday morning it’s brunch time!

It’s Sunday, the best day of the week: no annoying alarm clock and no obligations to fulfill today! So why shouldn’t you start this wonderful day with an authentic Canadian Brunch? Invite some of your friends over (brunch is definitely a social event here) and let’s get this started! Here are the basic ingredients [...]

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