Cold winters, warm welcomes: How newcomers can settle in Canada
May 13, 2021
It’s well known that immersing yourself into the local community and culture is a great way to become fluent in a country’s language.
So, it also makes sense that the more welcoming the destination, the sooner you’ll master the language. That’s why Canada, with its immigration-friendly policies and people, is such a wonderful place to build your new life and English skills side by side.
Explore your neighbourhood
The winters may be cold, but a warm welcome awaits you in Canada, which is well-known for its polite citizens and a welcoming attitude to new arrivals. So, don’t be afraid to start a conversation. Meet your neighbours, chat to the staff in local shops and cafes, and if you have kids, bond with other parents at the school gates. Plenty of chances to practice your English and a great way to get insider tips on your new area.
Volunteering is a great way to meet people and integrate into your new community, and it offers a relaxed, informal environment to try out your speaking skills. There are organizations that always need a hand and there are lots of different ways to offer your support, from helping with fundraising to administrative tasks. To find available opportunities, the Volunteer Canada website is a good place to start.
Take an evening class
Another good way to meet people while having some fun is to sign up for an evening or hobby class. There are lots of providers and subjects, and evening classes can easily fit in around work or study schedules. You could learn pottery, painting, take a cooking class, or brush up on your computer skills, all while getting to know some like-minded individuals.
Join a ready-made community
Making new connections can take a while when you move to a new country, so why not take advantage of existing networks and join a local group, club or organization? Community centres are often hubs for book clubs and neighbourhood groups. A quick online search should tell you what’s available in your area, and take a look at local notice boards too.