Canada 2013

(58 Posts)
westcoastnortherner Fri 04-Jan-13 05:49:49

A new year, a new thread! What's happening with everyone this year?

MsAkimbo Thu 10-Jan-13 21:47:24

Hi westcoastnortherner

New to MN, heard about it while pregnant and after months of lurking, decided to sign up. I was glad to know you didn't have to be British to sign up! This site has provided me with endless entertainment. smile

I am Canadian-born and bred. Are you an expat?

westcoastnortherner Fri 11-Jan-13 06:53:51

Hi welcome Ms Akimbo! I'm a British expat and I moved to victoria just under 4 years ago! There are some Canadians on here too, so hopefully one of them will be along to say hi too.

How long have you been in the UK? Do you like it?

MsAkimbo Wed 23-Jan-13 01:33:51

Oh I am so sorry! Was without a computer for awhile blush Sorry to leave you hanging!

Been here almost a year and love it! But I do miss home sometimes. Hard with a baby and no family around.

WalterAndTheAstronauts Fri 01-Feb-13 23:04:09

Hello Ladies!

Hoping to emigrate next spring, fingers crossed!

What do you miss? Are you glad you made the move?

WATA smile

chickieno1 Mon 04-Feb-13 21:22:50

Hi all just moved to toronto. So far so good, does anyone have experience of nursery/daycare for a 2.4 year old. Proving harder than thought it would

Solero Tue 09-Apr-13 20:21:16

Hoping to emigrate to Alberta later this year or early next with my DH's job. Any thing I need to know? Quite excited about the idea but absolutely terrified also confused

i'm in Calgary - we were in Vancouver for three years and have been in Calgary for 4 now.

it's lovely - very very very sunny! Winter is very cold though. REALLY cold some days. The Chinook winds are great though...thaw us out a bit.

Lethbridge is quite windy...random bit of info.

phew - just went to check you were the same OP asking about AB healthcare due to moving to Lethbridge.

<worries she sounds like a loon>

Solero Wed 10-Apr-13 21:05:00

Badger Thank you for your reply on the other post. been sorting like a loon today to and put loads of stuff on ebay to help generate some cash for coming over. What sort of things will we need to be aware of in coming over?

<racks brain> it was 7 years since we moved!

if you'll be renting remember that generally all tenancies start 1st of the month so if you turn up on 15th of the month you'll be in a hotel for two weeks! $$$.

Bring references with you if you can for the landlord. No credit history can make things a bit tricky (we had to get a letter from the bank confirming we had some cash to pay rent sad). We had never rented before so had no references!

get a bank acct setup asap - for above reason, and get a secured credit card (you give them $500 and they give you a $500 credit limit). Buy small things (groceries) and pay it back every month. That way you get on the 'grid'.

Your uk driving licence is only good for 3 months so you'll have to take your test again quite soon after you get here. They take your UKone away in AB and send it back to DVLA.

look into the health care insurance as mentioned before, you don't want to be caught short. Try and get a job with extended healthcare as not everything is covered and dentistry is extortionate.

Try and get your car insurers to give you some no claims letters. include date policy started and ended and that you did not claim. We saved some $ on the car insurance doing that.


lazydog Thu 11-Apr-13 21:54:25

Badgers - She's unlikely to have to re-take her driving test. Alberta has a reciprocal agreement with the DVLA that allows you to just exchange your GB licence for an AB one (unless it was issued before January 1st 1976? grin ) Also, only GB licenses can be exchanged, not NI, Isle of Man, Channel Islands or any British overseas territory.

lazydog Thu 11-Apr-13 21:57:23

Ahhh - I see the source of your confusion! You started out in BC (7 years ago, like me!) where up until recently you did have to retake the test.

You didn't in AB, even 7 years ago.

Solero Thu 11-Apr-13 22:23:57

Good list thank you. I don't drive at the moment so I would be learning once we are out there anyway. Will prob have to have my provisional re issued anyway cos of my diabetes. I have to be checked every 3 years to make sure the DVLA are satisfied I am well controlled. Its likely to be the same in AB I'd guess.

countydurhamlass Fri 03-May-13 03:59:08

hi, everyone. i moved to Regina in the middle of March from the UK and loving it.

runningforme Fri 03-May-13 04:39:19

I moved to Toronto August 2011 - it's been a long winter this year, but the sun over the last few days has been gorgeous....I really enjoy it here and have made some lovely new friends, but we do miss our family back in England. Going home in 3 weeks for a month though and am so excited I am counting the days and nights!!!

chickieno1 Tue 28-May-13 19:38:56

Hi there. Does anyone know is there anything like nct classes or groups to meet other mothers etc. I'm pregnant with dc2 and can't seem to find anything? Maybe after baby is born???

I'm in toronto by the way.

mummyk2012 Wed 29-May-13 16:17:32

We used to live in Mississauga and we have our first dd1 there. There was a drop in centre called Early Learning Centre which was a great place to meet other mums. Might be worth checking if any in Toronto. Also the local hospitals normally do Prenatal classes but you have to pay for them. However might be worth checking with your region if they do a free one. We managed to attend a free program which was run by the Region of Peel.

Also you might want to join It has quite a few mom meetups in the Toronto area. :-)

chickieno1 Fri 31-May-13 03:40:23

Thanks for the info mummyk

HappySmileyFace Fri 31-May-13 04:24:31

I am not sure wherein Toronto you are, but I did some great classes and met wonderful Moms through Becoming Maternity in midtown.

MiauMau Tue 18-Jun-13 17:11:22

Any ladies in Vancouver. We moved here in February and we're completely in love. Not a fan of the lack of childcare though and ended up having to get a nanny who (though lovely) makes q massive dent in our bank account.

westcoastnortherner Tue 18-Jun-13 19:09:17

Hi MiauMau there are quite a few mumsnetters in Vancouver, we are on a Western Canada Facebook group, let me know if you want to join!

MiauMau Tue 18-Jun-13 19:14:43

westcoastnortherner i've sent you a PM

MooseBeTimeForSpring Tue 18-Jun-13 19:28:14

Welcome MiauMau I emigrated from the UK just over 2 years ago. Now living in Fort McMurray, AB.

westcoastnortherner Tue 18-Jun-13 19:29:22

Hi Moose <waves>

MooseBeTimeForSpring Tue 18-Jun-13 21:37:13

Hi wcn <waves back>

pocketandsweet Sat 13-Jul-13 07:39:20

Less than a month and we will be in our new house in Victoria. Canada seems so expensive now ( we left for the UK 15 years ago)... Mostly I just want my two Yorkshire daughters to adjust happily.

crazyforbaby Fri 26-Jul-13 03:24:55

Hello Ladies!

Just to let you know that M&S have up to 70% off in their online sale TODAY. They also sent me an email earlier in the week that they were offering FREE p&p to Canada.

Hope MN Towers doesn't delete this-it's not advertising (Honest, Guv). Think of it as a humanitarian issue (as in First World Problem, I know)...They have cool clothes for the kiddies that will wash more than once, before disintegrating. Don't get me started on Percy Pigs and teabags. Have a heart Justine <sobs piteously into hankie>

mumbaisapphire Fri 26-Jul-13 18:08:17

Thanks I will take a gander. And I agree, it's not advertising it's humanitarian aid. Those who live in the UK and can saunter to their local M&S do not realize how lucky they are. If only they shipped food........

crazyforbaby Sat 27-Jul-13 00:56:39

Hi there,

Love love your username! I agree about the food. I know there are British shops dotted around, but they tend to be very expensive. Things that we miss most-Mr Kiplings Fondant Fancies, Fry's chocolate cream, malt loaf, teabags, Calpol (my kids could be really sick, but would still refuse Bubblegum or Blue Raspberry Tylenol)....

Bue Sun 28-Jul-13 14:24:48

crazyforbaby I am confused about you missing tea bags? confused There is a perfectly good selection of tea bags at any supermarket just don't touch the Red Rose. I recommend President's Choice English Breakfast if you are in a Loblaws area!

MrsKoala Mon 29-Jul-13 05:09:55

Hello all <waves to crazy>

I'm here in Vancouver. Been here 3 weeks now and just getting adjusted to the eye watering costs - holy moly! Those who warned me were not exaggerating.

Anyway, just signing in to say hi. Let me know any good Vancouver tips. I am already mining Crazy for her jewels of knowledge, but any advice gratefully received. smile

Is there a FB group i was told to join? I can't remember confused

nooka Mon 29-Jul-13 05:46:24

We get Tetleys mostly which is fine, an Yorkshire when we see it. Agree Red Rose is grim!

MrsKoala pm westcoastnorthener about the facebook group.

crazyforbaby Mon 29-Jul-13 17:46:37

Hi Bue, problem is I don't want English Breakfast/Earl Grey/other perfumed 'tea'. I just want normal builder's tea-strong enough for the spoon to stand up in it. I drink it non stop which gives me headaches if I drink too much Yorkshire or Tetleys. That is why I pine for the M&S decaff tea. Green Tea or Chamomile just doesn't do it for me either! Can you buy patches to help you quit drinking tea ?
MrsKoala-glad you are settling into life here so well. It is great that you are so chilled and open to new experiences here!

Bue Mon 29-Jul-13 21:07:21

Ahhhhh I see. Well I know there is an English tea website where you can buy all the English brands in Canada. Also, although I don't like it, I believe that what is called Orange Pekoe in Canada is actually the exact same thing as bog standard tea in the UK, or the closest thing to it. I do know that Orange Pekoe is just plain black tea, the OP bit just refers to the size of leaf used. So maybe try bog standard Tetleys OP!

crazyforbaby Wed 31-Jul-13 04:46:28

Oops're right! All this time waiting for tea to arrive from the UK and I could have just bought something drinkable from the store down the road...Aargh! That will teach me not to be a tea snob-sorry !

nooka Wed 31-Jul-13 05:58:52

Tetley do a decaf Orange Pekoe. I've no idea whether it's nice or not, but the ordinary Tetley seems to meet my general builders tea cravings smile

MrsKoala Wed 31-Jul-13 06:15:17

Tetley Orange Pekoe (full Caff!) is nice and strong if you want builders tea. I don't do DeCaff so can't help there.


I am in Middle-of-Nowhere, BC.
I didn't think that orange pekoe was "normal" tea and always looked to English breakfast! I was even having a rant in Costco that all the giant boxes of tea were only orange pekoe and a member of staff misoverheard me and I had to tell him no I didn't want orange pekoe.

Does everyone have visas etc. sorted already? Apparently there is a strike going on with the workers in immigration, anyone know nothing about it?

pocketandsweet Wed 31-Jul-13 15:20:55

We are Canadian citizens and so I don't anticipate a problem.. Off to see what I can find out about I migrations strike now though.

I'm waiting to be approved for residency atm and it's so frustrating.

nooka Wed 31-Jul-13 15:58:56

We got PR in February this year after months and months of waiting, so I sympathise. Hope you get the email/letter soon!

Thanks! Did you apply from within Canada or outside Canada?

crazyforbaby Thu 01-Aug-13 01:35:07

SusuwatariToes, there is a big discussion about the Immigration strike on one of the forums on the BritishExpats website. It gets very heated! I came over here on a Temporary Worker's Permit, but it still took a long time to get the PR. Good luck, hang in there!

MrsKoala Thu 01-Aug-13 01:44:42

I haven't even applied for mine yet!

nooka Thu 01-Aug-13 02:04:27

Like crazy we came over on a TWP, then we got provincial sponsorship and then applied for PR. Had to do the whole things twice as we messed up the first application and timed out.

Thanks crazy. I've just had a look over there and it is very heated, but not very informative. No one seems to have any idea how long it will go on for. My original visa has expired now so I'm not allowed to work until PR has been approved. I'm also not entitled to MSP until the first stage has been completed (which would have been the middle of June if not for the strikes). I'm sure there are lots of people in worse situations though. I just feel a bit in limbo atm!

westcoastnortherner Mon 05-Aug-13 20:27:57

Hi everyone, I'm just back from the UK for five weeks, I've bought enough Yorkshire gold and PG tips to keep us going for a bit. brew

countydurhamlass Thu 15-Aug-13 05:03:55

hi, i am in canada as my dh has a twp and i have a vistors visa. next month we can start the bally rolling for provincial nomination and then pr :-)

on another note can we have a coffee discussion? i dont drink tea lol but i drink a lot of coffee and it seems unless i buy a coffee maker i can't get a decent strong coffee, at the moment i am drinking the nescafe blue labelled jar, any recommendations for instant and coffee for a coffee maker as i plan to buy one soon ( i love starbucks and costa coffee in england so anything similar tasting to them)

prissyenglisharriviste Thu 15-Aug-13 05:49:00

I don't know any Canadians that drink instant coffee tbh. There are shed loads of coffees hops quite happy to take your money and flog you their own coffee maker as well as fill your carry out mug.

I just buy tetleys. grin from Costco. I'm well classy. I probably SHOuLD drink de-caff, but I don't.

I'm also entirely baffled how I managed to miss this thread for 8 months. Bizarre.

nooka Thu 15-Aug-13 05:57:49

countydurhamlass whereabouts in Canada are you? dh likes very strong coffee and we generally buy Presidents Choice West Coast Dark Roast.

I don't think I've seen instant coffee in Canada (not that I've really been looking). I like nabob Sumatra coffee and you can get coffee makers for $10-15.

pocketandsweet Thu 15-Aug-13 14:30:10

They do have instant coffee. My mum drinks it.... 'Tis awful though.

nooka Thu 15-Aug-13 15:53:43

We have some instant for making pumpernickel bread. Seems as good or bad as any other instant coffee to me.

countydurhamlass Thu 15-Aug-13 16:31:01

nooka i am in regina so able to by presidents choice products - will have a look when i am shopping today

pocketandsweet Thu 15-Aug-13 17:50:47

Probably just my mum's coffee

nooka Fri 16-Aug-13 03:36:37

Perhaps it makes up Timmies type coffee pocketandsweet? So sweet!

westcoastnortherner Sun 18-Aug-13 06:30:06

Starbucks make an instant coffee I believe.

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