How do I move personal goods to Canada?
OSS World Wide Movers provide safe and reliable moving & relocation services when moving to Canada from Australia. Our professional packing and shipping service provides fast and efficient moving of your effects though customs via our Canadian moving partners. Trust OSS when moving furniture and other household goods to Canada.
Canada is, and has always been, a popular and exciting destination for Australians. Moving to Canada from Australia to further one’s professional training, skill base, and/or career opportunities are a common occurrence. For 40 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.
Fortunately there are many cultural similarities between Australia and Canada, the majority of us speak English for a start. Moving to Canada is therefore one of the easiest countries to relocate to for any assignments or permanent relocation.
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 a regularity of shipping Canada that others cannot.
Coupled with the expertise and training of our staff, potential costly delays can be avoided. For your peace of mind and protection OSS World Wide Movers is a FIDI FAIM accredited company as well as being a member of Americas International Association of Movers (IAM).
Can I pack my own goods when I move to Canada?
If you are sending items which have been packed by yourself “owner packed” then they will attract more stringent inspection by Customs on arrival in Canada.
Providing a detailed carton by carton inventory will assist Customs in inspecting your effects, and may avoid unnecessary delays.
It is advisable to have your goods packed by OSS if you are looking at sending larger consignments, to ensure the clearance process can be conducted with a minimum of fuss.
How do I move my car to Canada?
Moving motor vehicles and motor bikes to Canada is possible provided Customs criteria are met. This service is usually depot to depot, meaning the motor vehicle will be collected by you from our partners depot in Canada following customs clearance.
Customs may require evidence that the owner of the vehicle has lived abroad for 12 months or longer, so a copy of your passport with date stamp showing arrival in Canada, or copy of lease or rental agreement on in Canada would be sufficient.
Can I move my boat to Canada ?
Moving a boat to Canada has similar requirements to moving a car to Canada when it comes to registration requirements and process.
Customs and Quarantine in Canada will have a special interest in the boat due to its exposure to marine life, however as Australia has a fairly clean marine environment, your boat should pass customs and quarantine without any problem.
Can I take my pet with me to Canada?
Your pet can be moved overseas to Canada, though it is recommended to send your pet through a registered pet transportation agent who will be able to contact all the relevant agencies in Canada. More information about relocating pets can be found in our moving links section of this website or speak to an OSS World Wide Move Consultant.
How long will it take to move my belongings to Canada?
Clearance of your move into Canada takes approximately 5 to 7 working days for an FCL (Full Container Load e.g. not a shared container), and 7 to 10 working days for a GRP (Groupage or shared container load) once the shipping container has been unloaded from the vessel.
Canada, the second-largest country in the world, 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. This is the crown of the Americas, and it’s
stuffed with jewels.
The Canadian Rockies provide the backdrop for world-class hiking, while the prairies of Alberta 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.
The cities, beacons of culture in the vast wilderness, make 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 heads 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-droopingly beautiful mountain ranges; laid-back, cosmopolitan cities are complemented by remote,
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
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.
With its staggeringly beautiful scenery, multitude of outdoor activities, forward-looking cities and huge swathes of uninhabited wilderness,
Canada offers countless opportunities to travellers.
Canada occupies a major northern portion of North America, sharing land borders with the contiguous United States to the south (the
longest border between two countries in the world) and the US state of Alaska to the northwest. Canada stretches from the Atlantic
Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west; to the north lays the Arctic Ocean. Greenland is to the northeast, while Saint Pierre and
Miquelon is south of Newfoundland. By total area (including its waters), Canada is the second-largest country in the world, after Russia. By
land area alone, Canada ranks fourth. The country lies between latitudes 41° and 84°N, and longitudes 52° and 141°W.
Since 1925, Canada has claimed the portion of the Arctic between 60° and 141°W longitude, but this claim is not universally recognized.
Canada is home to the world’s northernmost settlement, Canadian Forces Station Alert, on the northern tip of Ellesmere Island – latitude
82.5°N – which lies 817 kilometres (508 mi) from the North Pole. Much of the Canadian Arctic is covered by ice and permafrost. Canada
has the longest coastline in the world, with a total length of 202,080 kilometres (125,570 mi); additionally, its border with the United States
is the world’s longest land border, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi).
Full country name: Canada
Area: 9,984,670sq. km
People: 76.7% European 14.2% Asian 4.3% Aboriginal 2.9% Black
1.2% Latin American 0.5% Multiracial 0.3% Other
Language: English and French
Religion: Catholic, Islam
Government: Federal parliamentary. Constitutional monarchy
Monarch: Elizabeth II
Prime Minister: Justin Trudeau
Major industries: Motor vehicles and parts, machinery and equipment, crude petroleum, natural gas and high-technology
Major trading partners: USA, Japan, UK
Health risks: None
Time: (UTC−3.5 to −8) and (UTC−2.5 to −7) summer DST
Electricity: 110-120 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style flat two-pin and three-pin (grounded) plugs are standard.
County code: +1
Mobile Phone network: GSM 900, GSM 1800, 3G
Weights & measures: Metric with local variations
Since the end of the last glacial period, Canada has consisted of eight distinct forest regions, including extensive boreal forest on the
Canadian Shield. Canada has around 31,700 large lakes, more than any other country, containing much of the world’s fresh water. There
are also fresh-water glaciers in the Canadian Rockies and the Coast Mountains. Canada is geologically active, having many earthquakes
and potentially active volcanoes, notably Mount Meager, Mount Garibaldi, Mount Cayley, and the complex. The volcanic eruption of the
Tseax Cone in 1775 was among Canada’s worst natural disasters, killing 2,000 Nisga’a people and destroying their village in the Nass River
valley of northern British Columbia. The eruption produced a 22.5-kilometre (14.0 mi) lava flow, and, according to Nisga’a legend, blocked
the flow of the Nass River. Canada’s population density, at 3.3 inhabitants per square kilometre (8.5 /sq. mi), is among the lowest in the
world. The most densely populated part of the country is the Quebec City – Windsor Corridor, situated in Southern Quebec and Southern
Ontario along the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.
Average winter and summer high temperatures across Canada vary from region to region. Winters can be harsh in many parts of the
country, particularly in the interior and Prairie provinces, which experience a continental climate, where daily average temperatures are near
−15 °C (5 °F), but can drop below −40 °C (−40 °F) with severe wind chills. In noncoastal regions, snow can cover the ground for almost
six months of the year, while in parts of the north snow can persist year-round. Coastal British Columbia has a temperate climate, with
a mild and rainy winter. On the east and west coasts, average high temperatures are generally in the low 20s °C (70s °F), while between
the coasts, the average summer high temperature ranges from 25 to 30 °C (77 to 86 °F), with temperatures in some interior locations
occasionally exceeding 40 °C (104 °F).
Canada’s culture draws influences from its broad range of constituent nationalities, and policies that promote multiculturalism are
constitutionally protected. In Quebec, cultural identity is strong, and many French-speaking commentators speak of a culture of Quebec
that is distinct from English Canadian culture. However, as a whole, Canada is in theory a cultural mosaic – a collection of several regional,
aboriginal, and ethnic subcultures. Government policies such as publicly funded health care, higher taxation to redistribute wealth, the
outlawing of capital punishment, strong efforts to eliminate poverty, strict gun control, and the legalization of same-sex marriage are further
social indicators of Canada’s political and cultural values.
Historically, Canada has been influenced by British, French, and aboriginal cultures and traditions. Through their language, art and music,
aboriginal peoples continue to influence the Canadian identity. Many Canadians value multiculturalism and see Canada as being inherently
multicultural. American media and entertainment are popular, if not dominant, in English Canada; conversely, many Canadian cultural
products and entertainers are successful in the United States and worldwide. The preservation of a distinctly Canadian culture is supported
by federal government programs, laws, and institutions such as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the National Film Board of
Canada (NFB), and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
Handshaking predominates as the normal mode of greeting. Close friends often exchange kisses on the cheeks, particularly in
French-speaking areas. Codes of practice for visiting homes are the same as in other Western countries: flowers, chocolates or a bottle
of wine are common gifts for hosts, and dress is generally informal and practical according to climate. It is common for black tie and other
required dress to be indicated on invitations. Exclusive clubs and restaurants often require more formal dress. Smoking has been banned in
most public areas.
Religion in Canada
Around 70% of the population belong to the Christian faith; over half are Roman Catholic, followed by the United Church of Canada and
Anglican denominations. There are numerous other active denominations and religions.
Language in Canada
Canada is officially bilingual (English and French). The use of the two languages reflects the country’s mixed colonial history – Canada has
been under both British and French rule. However, while the federal government must operate in both languages as much as is practical,
use of each language outside government varies widely across the country.
In almost all of the province of Québec, as well as parts of New Brunswick and Ontario, French is the dominant language; in most of the
rest of the country, English predominates. Montréal, Ottawa and Moncton have large concentrations of fluently bilingual people. Immigration
has also changed the language picture considerably; while not official languages, Chinese, Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic and other languages are
often heard on the streets of Canada’s largest cities.
Events and Public Holidays
Date Holiday name Holiday type Where it is observed
Jan 1 New Year’s Day National holiday
Jan 2 Day After New Year’s Day Local holiday Quebec
Jan 6 Epiphany Observance, Christian
Jan 7 Orthodox Christmas Day Orthodox
Jan 14 Prophet’s Birthday Muslim
Jan 14 Orthodox New Year Orthodox
Jan 16 Tu B’Shevat (Arbor Day) Jewish holiday
Jan 31 Chinese New Year Observance
Feb 2 Groundhog Day Observance
Feb 10 Family Day Common Local holidays British Columbia
Feb 14 Valentine’s Day Observance
Feb 15 National Flag of Canada Day Observance
Feb 17 Islander Day Common Local holidays Pr.Edward I
Feb 17 Family Day Common Local holidays AB, ON, SK
Feb 17 Louis Riel Day Common Local holidays Manitoba
Feb 21 Heritage Day in the Yukon Local holiday Yukon Territory
Mar 1 St David’s Day Observance
Mar 4 Carnival/Shrove Tuesday Christian
Mar 5 Ash Wednesday Christian
Mar 9 Daylight Saving Time starts Clock change/Daylight Saving Time
Mar 10 Commonwealth Day Observance
Mar 16 Purim Jewish holiday
Mar 17 St. Patrick’s Day Observance
Mar 17 St. Patrick’s Day Local holiday Newfoundland and Labrador
Mar 20 March equinox Season
Apr 6 National Tartan Day Observance
Apr 9 Vimy Ridge Day Observance
Apr 13 Palm Sunday Christian
Apr 15 First day of Passover Jewish holiday
Apr 17 Maundy Thursday Christian
Apr 18 Orthodox Good Friday Orthodox
Apr 18 Good Friday National holiday, Christian
Apr 19 Holy Saturday Christian
Apr 19 Orthodox Holy Saturday Orthodox
Apr 20 Orthodox Easter Orthodox
Apr 20 Easter Sunday Observance, Christian
Apr 21 Orthodox Easter Monday Orthodox
Apr 21 Easter Monday National holiday, Christian
Apr 21 St. George’s Day Local holiday Newfoundland and Labrador
Apr 22 Last day of Passover Jewish holiday
Apr 28 Yom HaShoah Jewish holiday
May 6 Yom HaAtzmaut Jewish holiday
May 9 National Day of Honour Observance
May 11 Mother’s Day Observance
May 18 Lag B’Omer Jewish holiday
May 19 Victoria Day National holiday All except QC
May 19 National Patriots’ Day Local holiday Quebec
May 27 Isra and Mi’raj Muslim
May 29 Ascension Day Christian
Jun 4 Shavuot Jewish holiday
Jun 8 Pentecost Christian
Jun 9 Whit Monday Christian
Jun 15 Trinity Sunday Christian
Jun 15 Father’s Day Observance
Jun 19 Corpus Christi Christian
Jun 21 June Solstice Season
Jun 21 National Aboriginal Day Local holiday Northwest Territories
Jun 21 National Aboriginal Day Observance
Jun 23 Discovery Day Local holiday Newfoundland and Labrador
Jun 24 St. Jean Baptiste Day Local holiday Quebec
Jun 29 Ramadan begins Muslim
Jul 1 Canada Day National holiday
Jul 1 Memorial Day Local observance Newfoundland and Labrador
Jul 9 Nunavut Day Local holiday Nunavut Territory
Jul 14 Orangemen’s Day Local observance Newfoundland and Labrador
Jul 24 Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny) Muslim
Jul 29 Eid-al-Fitr Muslim
Aug 4 Heritage Day in Alberta Common Local holidays
Aug 4 Civic/Provincial Day Common Local holidays MB, NT, ON, SK
Aug 4 New Brunswick Day Common Local holidays New Brunswick
Aug 4 British Columbia Day Common Local holidays British Columbia
Aug 4 Natal Day Common Local holidays Nova Scotia, Pr.Edward I
Aug 5 Tisha B’Av Jewish holiday
Aug 15 Assumption of Mary Christian
Aug 15 Gold Cup Parade Local holiday Pr.Edward I
Aug 18 Discovery Day Local holiday Yukon Territory
Sep 1 Labour Day National holiday All
Sep 23 September equinox Season
Sep 25 Rosh Hashana Jewish holiday
Oct 4 Feast of St Francis of Assisi Christian
Oct 4 Yom Kippur Jewish holiday
Oct 5 Eid-al-Adha Muslim
Oct 9 First day of Sukkot Jewish holiday
Oct 13 Thanksgiving Day National holiday All
Oct 15 Last day of Sukkot Jewish holiday
Oct 16 Shmini Atzeret Jewish holiday
Oct 17 Simchat Torah Jewish holiday
Oct 23 Diwali/Deepavali Observance
Oct 25 Muharram/Islamic New Year Muslim
Oct 31 Halloween Observance
Nov 1 All Saints’ Day Observance
Nov 2 Daylight Saving Time ends Clock change/Daylight Saving Time
Nov 2 All Souls’ Day Christian
Nov 11 Remembrance Day Common Local holidays All except ON, QC
Nov 30 First Sunday of Advent Observance
Dec 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian
Dec 11 Anniversary of the Statute of Westminster Observance
Dec 17 First Day of Hanukkah Jewish holiday
Dec 21 December Solstice Season
Dec 24 Last day of Hanukkah Jewish holiday
Dec 24 Christmas Eve Observance
Dec 25 Christmas National holiday, Christian
Dec 26 Boxing Day National holiday MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, ON, PE, YT
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve Observance
Most public telephones charge 50 cents a call, which can be paid with any combination of five-, 10- and 25-cent coins. Public telephones
are becoming harder to find, due to the growing popularity of mobile phones. Many telephone companies offer a reduced long-distance
rate Mon-Fri 1800-0800 and Sat 1200 to Mon 0800. For long-distance calls, telephone cards are available. You can find credit card
telephones in larger centres. If you’re near an internet café, you can use Skype too.
Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good in major urban areas, but spotty in remote
locations. Roaming rates can be high, so you should check with your provider before leaving home.
Available throughout Canada, as are internet cafes (although the latter are not as common as they are in many other countries). You can
often find pay-per-use Wi-Fi hotspots in coffee shops, fast-food outlets and airports; in some cases it’s free as long as you buy a drink or
something to eat. Free public Wi-Fi is easiest to find in public libraries. Some hotels provide free Wi-Fi too, but others continue to charge
exorbitant daily fees.
All mail from Canada to outside North America is by air. Stamps are available at post offices and in many hotels, pharmacies and
convenience stores, among other locations. Letters sent by regular mail take four to six working days to reach the USA and four to seven
working days to reach other countries.
Post Office Hours
Generally Mon-Fri 0930-1700, Sat 0900-1200, but times vary according to province and location; city offices will have longer hours.
Canada Post (www.canadapost.ca) has a full list of locations and hours.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is Canada’s national broadcaster. It was set up in the 1930s and broadcasts in both French
and English via TV, radio, internet and satellite. The main national daily newspapers are The Globe and Mail and The National Post. Frenchlanguage
dailies are published in Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City. Regional English-language daily newspapers are also published in
How much tipping is customary in Vancouver? Whether you are visiting Vancouver or other centres such as Kelowna, Whistler, or Victoria,
tipping in BC is the same as in the rest of Canada, and very similar to USA.
Paying a gratuity for services is the norm but note that it is seldom included in the bill with the exception perhaps with large groups at a
restaurant. Expect to tip your taxi driver, waiter, bartender, aesthetician and hotel attendants. The standard tip for good services is 15% of
the total amount before taxes.
How much should you tip? Following is a guide to tipping in BC (amounts shown are in Canadian Dollars).
Restaurant Server (waiter / waitress): 15% to 20% of the total bill before taxes. Restaurants may include a gratuity of 15% or more in
their bill for large groups.
Bartender / Cocktail Waitress: 10% to 20% of the total bill before taxes.
Taxis / Cab Driver: 10% to 15% of the fare.
Tour Guide: 10% to 15% of the total.
Hotel Bellman / Porter: $1 to $2 per bag.
Housekeeping / Chambermaid: $1 to $2 per day (or more at luxury hotels). Usually this is a daily tip as the same maid may not service
your room each day.
Hotel Doorman: $1 to $2 with assistance hailing a taxi.
Hair Salon / Spa: 10% to 15% of the total bill.