The New to Canada Academy

Everything you need to build a life in Canada that you love

Expert guidance covering pre-move prep, logistics, culture, career & social life, and emotional tools – all in one convenient place 🇨🇦

The New to Canada Academy
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Tired of feeling unprepared or overwhelmed by your move?

Want to find ONE convenient place to go for all your trusted “moving to Canada” support?

Looking to connect with other immigrants embarking on the same journey as you?

Boy, have I been there and got the Canadian t-shirt 🇨🇦

Since moving to Canada in 2017, I’ve learnt that moving abroad is TOUGH.
Everyone is struggling.
But nobody really talks about it…

This is why I’ve put together…

The New to Canada Academy 🇨🇦

A self-guided video course and international community to simplify your move and build your support network – so you can enjoy your new adventure that much sooner

Meet your Mentors

Your Relocation Expert
Diane Bergmann

Founder, Prairie Relocation

“We’ve professionally welcomed and settled many people and families in Canada. From opening a bank account to driving for the first time on snow-covered roads, I’ve got you covered.  It’s been an honour to be part of my clients’ stories and I can’t wait to help you with yours.”

Your Career Strategist
Michelle Ashley

Certified Career Strategist + Founder, The Tailored Career

“Rebuilding your career can be one of the biggest challenges you face when you move abroad. I love empowering newcomers with the confidence, clarity, and career support they need to reach their highest potential in the Canadian job market and beyond.”

Your Expat Psychologist
Gabriela Encina

Licensed Psychologist

“For 20 years, I’ve helped more than 400 expats reclaim their self-confidence, and discover themselves and their happiness in a new country. My approach is practical,  solution-oriented, and focused on the present. Let’s make this stage of your life a personal and professional growth opportunity. Together.”

Your Real Estate Agent
Angie Laki

Sales Representative, RE/MAX

“Whether it’s finding temporary accommodation, a long-term rental, or buying your first property in Canada, I’m here to educate you on the local real estate market and help you make informed investment decisions – as well as find the ‘home’ you’re dreaming of.”

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Pre-Arrival Prep
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The “Life Admin”
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Canadian Culture
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Career + Social Life
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Emotional Tools
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What’s Included?

Academy on Mobile

25+ Videos Packed with Expert Advice

Lifetime access. Learn from your mentors in any order, at your own pace.

We cover: Pre-Arrival Preparation, “Life Admin” and Logistics, Finances, Real Estate, Canadian Culture, Rebuilding your Career & Social Life, Emotional Tools, and more.

Then, browse recommended links + resources to check off that to-do list. No more Google overwhelm!


Community of Internationals Living in Canada

You’re not alone.

There’s nothing more valuable than hearing from others who are on the same journey as you. Join our private group, connect at live events, and get 1:1 support.

Downloadable Resources

Downloadable Checklists + Guides


  • Career worksheet to plan your job search
  • Research & admin checklists
  • Printable ‘goodbye party’ guestbook
  • 50 journaling prompts for self-reflection
  • Action plan & priorities worksheet for ongoing guidance
Newcomer Journal

PLUS, a 5-Year Memory Book to Document Your Adventure

Mailed straight to your door.

Use your monthly entries to track the highs and lows of your crazy journey – and create a keepsake of memories to cherish and look back on.

How much is the Academy?

$197 CAD


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Kind words about the Academy

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Got some questions?

Nope! This is a one-time fee that grants your lifetime access to the video course and community.

Absolutely!  There’s no need to wait until you’re IN Canada to start your research, build your career, or meet new people. I’ve gathered it all here so you can do the prep work, get rid of the overwhelm, and be able to enjoy your adventure that much faster.

Don’t worry, there are lots of English learners here! Subtitles are available on all the course videos. You also have the option to slow down video speed if I speak too fast! If you have anything you’re still uncertain about, you can ask in the Facebook group and we will be happy to help you.

Nope! I wanted the New to Canada Academy to be flexible and accessible to everyone who needs it. That’s why the videos are all pre-recorded and on-demand so you can hit ‘play’ at a time that suits you.

No. I am not a Canadian Immigration Lawyer and therefore cannot include immigration advice. I’d be happy to share more about the pathways I used if you’d like to DM me on Instagram. However, I’d recommend contacting a lawyer for any questions and guidance.

Yes – I will place your Newcomer Collective journal in the mail as soon as possible! International shipping is included with your Academy membership.

Absolutely! This is *the* perfect gift for someone close to you who has decided to move to Canada. I’ll send them a personalized welcome email on your behalf and ship them their journal to their door. Just add a message to me in ‘Order Notes’ when checking out and I’ll make the magic happen.

Yes – The Newcomer Collective journal is available to order on its own for $29. Learn more here.


About Me

Hi! I’m Kate – The founder of the Newcomer Collective.

In 2016, I fell in love with a tanned, carefree Canadian whilst travelling through Thailand. Cue an unexpected move across the world: From a crowded English city to a new lake life in rural Ontario…

I quickly realised that building a new life in Canada comes with a rollercoaster of ups and downs. Throw in a brutal Canadian winter season and you can start to feel isolated and overwhelmed. I craved a place to connect with others who were going through the same struggles as me. I wanted to hear other people’s real experiences and advice so that I could be one step ahead and stop drowning in vague webinars and blog posts.

So I created one! I started hosting virtual and in-person socials so that I could meet other newcomers. I created the ‘New to Canada’ podcast where I interview internationals from all over the world who have moved here. All to show how wonderfully diverse Canada is and to prove that we are NOT alone.

I used to think I’d never feel happy in Canada – now I can’t imagine my life spent anywhere else.

All I had to do was discover my community.

I’m looking forward to helping you find your home here in Canada. It is such a special place with endless opportunities to offer. Let’s tap into them together!

It is all worth it in the end ❤️

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