It’s been over two years since I first published Moving to Canada: an A-Z guide. Back then, the Express Entry system had just been introduced, and Stephen Harper was still in power. Fast forward to 2017. Justin Trudeau is everywhere, and CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) is now IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)–not to be confused with the ICC (International Cricket Council). Okay, I might be the only person who muddles those two up
So definitely time for a refresh. All the content and links in the book have been updated, and there’s expanded coverage of Canada’s eastern provinces. Plus I’ve added a mini dictionary to help you out with some of those awkward Canadian words and phrases that might have you scratching your head. Even though my first language is English, I still found there were plenty of those. Here’s a look at the brand new cover, designed by my talented author/graphic artist husband.
For a flavour of the many Canada150 celebrations taking place around the country, log on to the Passport 2017 web site or download the app. In June, this included events to mark other important days in the Canadian calendar:
National Aboriginal Day – (June 21 – to be renamed Indigenous People’s Day for 2018)
Saint-Jean Baptiste day in Quebec (June 24)
Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27)
Locally, Science North in Sudbury is hosting its annual family-friendly celebration for Canada Day, culminating in a fireworks display just after 10pm. Cross fingers for good weather! I’m all set at home with my new huge Canadian flag and my hanging basket of red petunias. And in Ontario, everyone breathed a sigh of relief this week when they heard that disaster had been averted– the LCBO (Ontario’s official retailer for wine and spirits) won’t be on strike!
Whatever you’re doing for Canada Day, whether it’s attending an event, relaxing at home, or maybe even preparing your immigration application :-), have a fantastic weekend!