Moving to Canada? Here’s What You Need to Know

Recently, Google saw a huge increase in the search term, “How can I move to Canada?” People are interested and curious to move to Canada because it’s rated one of the best areas to live with all of the benefits it offers its citizens. Have you been thinking about moving to Canada but still need some convincing? Let us help you.
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Canada has a great reputation internationally as a place to live and do business

Canada came top for the fourth consecutive year in the latest annual survey of more than 25,000 people around the world by Reputation Institute. Canada was followed by Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Australia.

Canadian cities rank high

Cities in Canada were ranked highly in the “Most Livable Cities” index from The Economist Intelligence Unit. The index considers important factors such as safety, health care, infrastructure, environment and education resources of 140 major cities around the world. Vancouver was ranked as the third most livable city in the world while Toronto and Calgary were ranked fourth and fifth. Impressive, eh?

Canada has good values

Don’t you want to live in a country where you agree with the government? The Canadian government often uses words that begin with “co” like cooperation, community, collective, collaboration, commission and consensus. The constitution often mentions peace, order and good government. Canada has long been recognized for its peace-keeping role around the world. Many Canadians feel that its values are what make Canada an intriguing place to live.

Now that you’re convinced you’re moving to Canada, let’s talk about what to expect when crossing the Canadian border.

Everyone wants their border crossing to go smoothly, especially if you have your car packed full. The best way to ensure a smooth experience is to know what to expect and be prepared.

According to the Government of Canada, here are some essential documents you need:

  • • A valid passport or other travel document for each family member with you
    • If applicable, a Canadian immigrant visa and Confirmation of Permanent Residence for each family member
    • Two copies of a detailed list of all personal or household items you are bringing
    • Two copies of a list of items that are arriving later and their money value

According to the Government of Canada, some additional documents you may need include:

  • • Birth certificates or baptismal certificates
    • Marriage certificates
    • Adoption, separation or divorce papers
    • School records, diplomas or degrees for each family member traveling with you
    • Trade or professional certificates and licenses
    • Letters of reference from former employers
    • A list of your educational and professional qualifications and job experience (for your résumé)
    • Driver’s license, including an International Driver’s Permit and a reference from your auto insurance company
    • Photocopies of all essential and important documents, in case the originals get lost (be sure to keep the photocopies in a separate place from the originals)
    • Car registration documents (if you are importing a motor vehicle into Canada)


Before you know it, you’ll be in Canada beginning a new and exciting adventure. Moving to another country can be challenging, but there are several organizations and resources to help you and your family get settled and acquainted.

If you’re in need of a moving company to help you move from the United States to Canada, contact Dowell’s Moving and Storage, we are the most reliable moving company in the Victoria, BC area and we have been helping people move to Canada since 1921. We are eager to help you make this big transition!