The New to Canada Blog 🇨🇦

The home for all my ‘living in Canada’ musings and experiences, as well as content shared from
experts in Immigration, Finances, and more.



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Sign up for your free Visto account. Take the Visto Qualify quiz and in just a few minutes, check your eligibility for the following programs to find the best immigration option for you:

  • Express Entry (Permanent Residency)
  • Study permit
  • PNPs (Provincial Nominee Programs)
  • Work permit
  • Startup visa

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Prairie Relocation

Relocating to Canada?  Let us guide you!  Prairie Relocation is a concierge-style relocation and destination services company expertly welcoming and settling newcomers in Manitoba.

Prairie Relocation guides you through every aspect of the moving process to eliminate hassle and stress so that you can enjoy the journey.
Their services include:

  • Immigration Network to secure your pathway to Canada
  • Pre-arrival Preparation
  • Airport Pick-Up
  • Temporary Accommodation & Welcome Groceries
  • Home Purchase or Rental Search
  • School & Daycare Search
  • Canadian Banking
  • Local Registrations (SIN, Health, Drivers, etc.)
  • Settling-In Services
  • Connections, Connections, Connections!

Founded by Diane Bergmann (podcast guest S3 Ep 15)

Learn more:




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This is what I use to transfer money to & from the UK. It’s super easy to use, very secure, and MUCH cheaper than banks. Sign up using this link and get a fee-free transfer up to 800 CAD.

A better way to move money across borders: Helping people manage their money internationally more cheaply, quickly, and transparently.

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Newcomer Small Businesses


Jemima is a British expat living in Canada who creates personalised gifts, cards, apparel and offers graphic design services!  Get 10% off with promo code ‘TheNewcomerCollective”

After being stuck without visiting her home country (UK) for a long time during COVID, Jemima developed personalised greeting cards to send home specifically for expats.

2 years later, she has been able to quit her job to pursue her dream of working for herself full-time.

Get 10% off Jemima’s personalised gifts, cards and apparel with promo code “TheNewcomerCollective”


Business / Career


ACCESS Community Capital Fund is a registered charitable organization that helps individuals facing financial barriers achieve sustainable livelihoods through entrepreneurship and employment by offering microloans, education and mentorship.
Read the full blog post.

They offer the following services specifically for Canada’s newcomers:

  • Foreign Credential Recognition Loans: Up to $15,000 for career-related expenses for licensure and credentialing etc.
  • Small Business Loans: Between $5,000-$10,000 for business startup costs.
  • Women’s Business Accelerator Program: A FREE 6 weeks online business training and coaching program for newcomer women with business ideas and interested in starting businesses in Canada.
  • Small Business Accelerator Program: A FREE 6 weeks online business training and coaching for individuals in early business ideation or launch phase.

English Language


Need to take your IELTS Test? Save $50 on the IELTS 3 Keys Online Course which 100% guarantees to increase your test score!

IELTS expert and podcast guest Jessica Beck (S3, EP 6) has hooked us up with a $50 discount on her IELTS online course “3 Keys” which includes study plans, templates, strategies, video lessons, practice tests, and more.

Best of all? It has a 100% guarantee that it will increase your test score. So if you’re stressed about your IELTS, this investment is so worth it to ensure you do your absolute best when it comes to test day.


Introducing ELSA: The English Language Speech Assistant!
This unique app invites you to speak English in short, fun, real-life dialogues – Then, it uses AI technology to give you feedback on your pronunciation, fluency, and intonation.

Imagine if you could have an English teacher in your pocket…

Someone to take with you everywhere you go, who could listen to your English and then offer instant feedback and ways to improve…

ELSA Speak is an app that does just that! It prompts you to read out loud different phrases in English, and then its artificial intelligence instantly pinpoints your mistakes and scores you on your pronunciation, fluency, and intonation, compared to a native speaker.

Not only that, the app also has 1,600+ lessons and 40+ topics for you to practice your English, as well as great community features for you to learn from people all over the world.

I’ve hooked you up with a FREE 7-day trial so you can test it out. Then, if you decide to become a member, you can also get 85% off on lifetime membership and 40% off on 1 year by clicking here.

Happy learning!

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