Adjusting to life in Canada

A new and challenging experience

This section will explain a few of the challenges you can expect to face in your new life here. The more you learn about Canada, the easier your adjustment to your new home will be.

Respect differences

Canada’s population of around 31 million people reflects a cultural, ethnic and linguistic mix that is unique in the world.

Canadian multiculturalism is based on the belief that all citizens are equal and that diversity makes us stronger as a country.

An immigrant-serving organization can help you find out about how Canadians greet people, what is considered polite behaviour, how business gets done and other social customs.

Adapting to a new culture and country

Moving to a new country may be hard for some people. It is common to feel the following emotions when you first arrive in Canada:

  • Discomfort
  • Helplessness
  • Frustration
  • Fear
  • Insecurity
  • Uncertainty about how to behave
  • A sense that your cultural beliefs and values are being challenged
  • A sense that things are not predictable

Feelings of stress are common

Your first months in Canada will be full of change. You will face many challenges, especially if you have to learn English or French, or improve your language skills. You may have to take a first job or live in a home that is different from what you expected. You may need to get more education or training to get a job and build your new life here. This can create some stress in your life.

You can get help if you need it.

Contact an immigrant-serving organization to find out what resources are available in your community to help you cope emotionally.

Living in Canada video

  • This video offers information about:

    • Meeting people and making friends in Canada
    • Getting used to your new home
    • Children growing up in Canada

    To watch the video, select your language and the topic “Living”.

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