Moving to Canada
from Australia

OSS World Wide Movers have been providing safe and reliable moving & relocation solutions when moving to Canada from Australia for over 50 years. Our professional packing and shipping service provides fast and efficient moving of your effects through customs via our Canadian moving partners. Trust OSS World Wide Movers when moving your furniture and other household goods to Canada.

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Moving to Canada has always been a popular choice for Australians looking for an exciting adventure abroad. Fortunately there are many cultural similarities between Australia and Canada, the majority of us speak English for a start. Canada is therefore one of the easiest countries to move to for any assignments or permanent relocation.

Moving to Canada – About the country

Canada is the second-largest country in the world and is packed with so much natural and cultural diversity you’d need a lifetime – and then some – to see and do everything it has to offer. Canada is one of the crown jewels of the Americas.

The Canadian Rockies provide the backdrop for world-class skiing and hiking, while the vast prairies of Alberta and Saskatchewan make for unforgettable road trips. Head to Niagara Falls in Ontario to see the brute force of nature and visit Pacific Rim National Park to experience the rugged beauty of British Columbia’s coastline. The Bay of Fundy, on the Atlantic side, is great for whale-watching, while on Vancouver Island you can spot wild bears.

Among the vast wilderness are the many vibrant cities which are beacons for a completely different experience. Toronto is one of the festival capitals of the world, Vancouver is a mecca for art buffs and the parks of Montreal make the city worth visiting in their own right. From Banff to Baffin Island, from Tofino to Toronto, Canada is a remarkable country. Whether you’re a hard-core adrenaline junkie looking for a backcountry adventure, an explorer heading out on a big road trip, a city-lover hunting for cutting-edge culture and fine cuisine or a combination of all the above, Canada ticks all the boxes.


Stretching 5,500km (3,400 miles) from the Atlantic to the Yukon-Alaska border, the world’s second largest country boasts an astonishing diversity of landscapes: rugged, unspoilt coastline abuts immense forests and emerald lakes containing a startling array of wildlife; vast, seemingly endless prairies become jaw-droppingly beautiful mountain ranges; laid-back, cosmopolitan cities are complemented by remote, quirky outposts.

Canada’s people too are enormously varied, from the indigenous Inuit in the Arctic to First Nations communities, 1960s and 70s British expats, fiercely proud Francophone peoples and a burgeoning Asian population. Their genuine friendliness and warmth is immediately apparent to visitors.

Canadian cities are progressive, vibrant and regularly feature on ‘best places to live’ lists – Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal have all at some point featured on Mercer’s Quality of Life Survey, usually scoring in the top 30. Toronto, a veritable patchwork of diverse neighbourhoods, sits in an enviable location on the shore of Lake Ontario whilst Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, contains a clutch of great museums and the pretty Rideau Canal for ice skating in winter.

Montreal’s skyscrapers belie its French heritage, but look closer and you’ll stumble upon historic, cobbled streets and centuries-old customs. A stone’s throw from the Canadian Rockies, booming Calgary oozes oil wealth and flaunts its cowboy traditions; chilled-out Vancouver, meanwhile, seems to have it all: mountains, beaches, an incredible downtown park and terrific food.

Whilst you’re out and about enjoying the cities, don’t forget about the experiences Canada delivers. You can ski steep chutes in British Columbia, kayak secluded bays in Nova Scotia or learn to lasso at an Albertan ranch. You can capture grizzlies on camera in the Yukon, watch open-mouthed as mammoth icebergs drift past the Newfoundland coast or listen in awe to the deafening roar of Niagara Falls. You can tour vineyards, dig for clams or slice through a succulent steak.

Canada is a nation of immigrants and thus truly cosmopolitan – around 20% of the population are foreign-born (rising to 45% in Toronto).

While other countries have eschewed immigration, Canada has recognised its importance to economic and social development, and continues to welcome vast numbers of young, skilled and highly educated workers from overseas each year. Indeed, in 2010, over 280,000 new permanent residents came to Canada, the largest number in more than 50 years. And contrary to the waves of migration from Europe in the first half of the 20th century, the majority of recent immigrants come from Asia. Thanks to its cautious fiscal policies, Canada’s economy has remained reasonably buoyant during the global financial crisis, and it remains one of the world’s wealthiest nations and a highly desirable place to work and do business.


Moving to the Canada from Australia with OSS

At OSS World Wide Movers our network of FIDI / FAIM accredited partners cover the whole of Canada.

Our partners in the Canada are well versed in all aspects of the requirements for importation of personal and household goods.

This guarantees you a seamless, tailor made move to the Canada, right through to your new home not only your personal effects and vehicles, but also for your much loved pets as well.

With its staggeringly beautiful scenery, multitude of outdoor activities, forward-looking cities and huge swathes of uninhabited wilderness, Canada offers countless opportunities.


Choosing an international moving company will no doubt be one of the first and most important decisions you make in the relocation process. OSS World Wide Movers move thousands of Australians around the world every year. Being Australia’s only specialist international mover, OSS World Wide Movers can ensure the attention to detail required for your international move is adhered to at all times.

Visas and Immigration

Explore the Going to Canada Web site to discover links to information and services when moving to Canada for a temporary stay or when moving to make Canada your new home.

Moving to Canada from Australia - Visa and Immigration

High Commission of Canada in Canberra

Contact the High Commission of Canada in Canberra by visiting Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra, ACT 2600 Australia. Phone +612 6270 4000 Fax +612 6270 4081 Email or follow this link to the High Commission website:

Visas and Immigration information when moving to Canada

Multiple visa options exist for current Australian residents. If you’re moving to Canada for short-term work reasons, you can apply for a working holiday visa. these are available for professionals aged 35 and over and can last up to two years. If you’re looking to stay longer than two years or are making the move to Canada for reasons besides work, you’ll need to apply to be a permanent resident. In some situations, an individual can also gain residency if they are nominated by the province they are living in.

As of March 31, 2014 the Consulate General of Canada in Sydney will accept visa applications submitted online or through one of the visa application centres:

Canada Passport Information

Contact Passport Canada free of charge for help with any questions you have about your passport application:

Visit Canada – General Info

Find out what you need to visit Canada as a tourist or business person, how to extend your stay in Canada, and what documents you need to carry with you to travel through Canada:

Canada Immigration Information

A guide to immigration:

Canada Citizenship Information

A guide to citizenship:

Social Media Links for Canada

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Moving to Canada from Australia to further one’s professional training, skill base, and/or career opportunities are a common occurrence. For over 50 years OSS World Wide Movers has been assisting individuals, business people, and Corporates to relocate to Canada with the professional service and advice that comes from choosing a quality international moving specialist.

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