Still waiting but progress..promotion??..moving??..Canada?? OH my!!

posted 3 years ago in Waiting
Post # 3
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

@242beauty: Sounds like a lot of exciting things in the works for you! I hope it all goes well and works out for the best. I’m not in Canada but I’m still pretty far North and as someone who has worked with people who relocated North from islands such as St. Thomas or even just southern states, I would be prepared to be cold! Winters are harsh with all the snow, cold, etc. Be ready! I’m so used to it that it doesn’t phase me most of the time. I really don’t think it’s cold out until it starts to get below freezing. Nor do I even bother with a jacket unless temps are in the low 50F-40Fs.  But when you’re not used to it being prepared with warm clothes helps! 🙂 

Best of luck with everything!


Post # 5
2319 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Best of luck 🙂

Post # 7
3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@242beauty:  a friend of mine moved to Canada from Trinidad. We’re not even in the cold part of the country, but he seriously could not handle the fall/winter/spring weather. Get a warm coat, and pick up some winter hobbies!

Post # 9
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@242beauty:  this is awesome news indeed. I dunno why but your posts always seem similar to mine. My fam situation recently changed and I am about to run out the door too. This caused my SO to get more serious. 

I think that it is cute that your SO feels the urge to step up to the plate and help you in your situation. My SO also dreams of moving to Canada and I think that it is good to try new things. Make sure you do your research to find out which area is cheap to live and which area is not.

We would do it in a few years. We’d build a house and put it on rent and move close to some family we have up there.

Congrats on your developments!

Post # 10
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @242beauty: first off CONGRATULATIONS on the good news.

We have some excellent Culinary Schools here in Canada, and a lot of Chefs who come here, or were trained here… are from right around the globe

A couple of things to know… despite what “the Boss” says your SO needs to know his legal rights & obligations when it comes to having a Student Visa… not everyone can come to Canada and get a job right off the bat, the thinking being that you are taking a job away from a Canadian…

So my best advice is make sure he investigates everything BEFORE he applies to school etc. so that he knows what is up, and which types of Visas are available, and how to apply for whatever kind he needs. Otherwise he could quite easily find himself being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous Employer (cheap labour) and be always hiding out from Immigration… which means they could ship him back to the Bahamas and he’d be a person non-gratis in Canada ever again.

Same for yourself, if you are going to come with him… find out what you need to be legal to work here as well… example I know some highly educated Americans who are working in Canada under NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and yet their SOs cannot get a work visa / be employed.

So stuff to check out thoroughly up front.  Citizenship & Immigration Canada is the place to find that info =

As others have said, no matter where YOU go in Canada, you are going to find our climate to be vastly different from your own… we have what is known as an Extreme Climate… in that the temps can differ between Summer’s High to Winter’s Low by over 100 Degrees Fahrenheit (80 to 90 F, down to -20 F or worse)

Summer is relatively short here… June, July & August… with average temps in the 70s F.  And occasional days higher or lower.  Spring (April & May) and Fall (September & October) are brisk… 40s, 50s, 60s.  This week for example the temps are in the 50s and 60s… relatively warm for October. 

Snow can come anytime after mid October (altho in most parts of the country it is usually November or December) and be done / gone anytime after Mid March (but most years it doesn’t happen until Mid April)

So ya clothing is an especially HUGE consideration.  Layers work best.  Add a layer if you are cold, take one off if you are hot.  We tend to keep our buildings year round about 70 F via Central Heating & AC.

Over the course of my lifetime, I’ve spent a fair bit of time with New Canadians from all over the world, including the Caribbean.  As a general rule of thumb it takes a New Canadian about 5 years before their bodies become totally aclimatized to our climate… so it can be a long process before you truly adapt.  Lol, but at the same time you won’t be alone, there are lot of people here from the Islands.

The other thing is WHERE in Canada will you be heading… We are a HUGE Country for sure (2nd largest country in the world … only after Russia).  And approximately the same size as ALL of Europe.  We occupy just over 1/2 of the distance on the globe from the North Pole to the Equator (0 to 49 degrees Latitude)… and are over 5500 Kms from East to West and 5-1/2 Time Zones !!

We have 10 Provinces & 3 Territories and all of them are quite remarkable and different from one another… as are the cities & people found within them.

If you give us an idea of what Province / City you might be heading to… we can probably tell you more or point in you a direction where you can read / research more.

In the meantime… Wikipedia is a great place to begin to get a general overview… and I love the fact you can click around so easily… following wherever your heart takes you.

Wikipedia – Canada =

And Google Maps is another great tool I find to learn about a place I haven’t been before… I use it often when I am trip planning… love the Satellite & Street View features, cause then you can actually “see” what a place looks like as well.

Google Maps – Canada =

Hope this helps,


Post # 11
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Well first off, Congrats To your FI 🙂

like other PP’s have said there are amazing culinary schools in Canada. My FI went to the culinary institute of Canada in PEI , but I know a lot of people that have gone to george brown college in Toronto. 

Also it is a good idea to see what kind of hours he can legally work on a visa. We had an international student working at our clinic and he was only allowed to work about 24 hours a week, so I’d definitely check it out. 

depending on where you move to, the climate will be different. For example, Vancouver is pretty beautiful weather wise. I dont live there but I have cousins that do, and they say the winters are pretty mild. Not a whole lot of snow ( bees fromvancouver correct me if I am wrong) . The prairies are known to be frigid cold. I wouldn’t  survive living there in the winter. I shudder when heir weather report comes on the television. Their summers are pretty hot though. 

I grew up in Toronto and the winters were pretty freezing,  but lately, their summers have been pretty damn hot.  Now I’m in Newfoundland and the summers are cooler and shorter and the winters aren’t terrible, but the snow storms can be pretty bad.  It just depends on where you move to. 


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