Moving from Germany to Canada

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Hi everyone,

Need your advice on the following:

I am a software developer in Munich, married, with 1,5-year old twins. My salary is 80k euros. Just got an offer to work in Canada (Vancouver), for 155k CAD, including stock options and bonuses. My wife works, too, and I believe she will be able to find a job there. We both speak English well enough.

Top reasons why we want to move: english-speaking environment and better promotion opportunities than in Germany.

I'd like to learn more about medical system, daycare, education etc.

It would be great if someone had similar experience, especially if they also moved from Munich to Vancouver, and could share it with me.

Thanks!

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My daughter lives in Vancouver. It is very often voted best place to live in the world. I have visited many times, its a beautiful thriving city. All facilities are available. However the one down side is the price of accommodation, renting is expensive, buying is very expensive unless you go out to the suburbs. Your package should help, even so you may well be shocked after Germany. Good luck. There are plenty of jobs for anyone with smarts. very less holidays usually ten days paid..! so check.

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Vancouver is a great city. But, do a little research into the wet climate. If you like skiing, you will not be disappointed.

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Lots of  web sites- Relocation to Canada, and check Government Canada Website.  Much info on what to do as a newcomer.

Presume your  prospective  employer will sort out visa.

Vancouver has been the most expensive when it comes to housing.  Toronto catching up fast.

Schools- Public and Private.

Daycare-  parents say public funded ones have long wait lists. Private ones can be very expensive.

Each Province has it's own Public  Health care system. ( If you move to another Province- need to apply for new card)

There is no Private Health care- although many clinics exist for  things like Laser eye surgery, Hernia repair etc.

Health care is pretty good ( RN speaking here!)  Certainly wait times  for  routine surgery can be long.  Excellent University centres of care throughout the country.

 Family doctors  can be  tricky to find in large cities. Use neighbours to ask, check the Medical directory online-these will show who is taking new patients.

Just a few topics off the top of my head!

 

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I haven't lived in Vancouver but I spent 7 years in Alberta so I have an idea about the Canadian system compared to here.


Some of the things that surprise Germans the most about Canada is the short paid vacation, usually two weeks to start, and lack of paid sick days in most jobs. 

 

Employees have less rights than in Germany.  In most provinces, the employer can also send you home without pay if they lack projects.  It is also easy to kick you out but easy to get another job too.  Apartments are month to month and no 3 month notice.  You could say that society moves faster than here, yet people are more relaxed.

 

Daycare tends to be expensive but you can google daycare in Vancouver yourself from here, make some calls and find out for sure.  Schools are ok from what I have heard.  I had a coworker who came from Germany, lived in Canada for 3 years, moved back to Germany and then ended up going back to Canada.  He said that kids in Germany are raised to elbow themselves to the front, always end up on top even if you have to step on someone while children in Canada are raised to be polite and considerate.  This was one of the reasons he and his wife decided to go back to Canada with their kids.  This was his opinion anyway.  I don't have kids so I wouldn't know.

 

The health care system in Canada doesn't have as much money as it does in Germany so there are waiting periods for many things.  Lack of specialist doctors.  Waiting periods for surgery etc.  

Healthcare is provincial so there are some slight differences between provinces.  MSP (BC health care) has a 2-3 month waiting period for coverage so you should get emergency and accident insurance until you get coverage.  Health care does not cover dental, vision and medication but many employers have a group plan that will cover those things.

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