Your Guide To Moving From India To Canada


If you’re considering moving to Canada from India, then you are not alone! Canada is quickly becoming a popular destination for those wanting to relocate to North America and take advantage of the generous social and lifestyle benefits offered. With stunning landscapes, cosmopolitan cities, and a diverse culture, Canada offers something for everyone. At Allied India, we help hundreds of Indian families and individuals relocate to their new home in Canada every week. Here’s our handy guide to making your dream of living in Canada a reality!


Living overseas is the promise of a new life and an abundance of opportunities. However, it’s easy to forget that moving to a new country comes with a range of challenges. You’ll need to adjust to a new culture, be without your support network of friends and family, and depending on where you live in Canada, maybe even learn a new language. Take the time to make sure that your expectations are realistic and prepare yourself for some difficult months of adjusting. 


Many Indian residents are drawn to Canada due the promise of a slower pace of life and stunning locations. Depending on where you choose to live in Canada, you can expect quieter streets, less pollution and fewer crowds than in India. There’s a lot to explore when it comes to nature, from mountains, lakes, ski fields, and beaches.

Ice hockey is what springs to mind when most people think of Canada. As the national sport, ice hockey is played and greatly celebrated across the country. If ice hockey isn’t your thing then there’s still a variety of different sports to enjoy. The arts scene in Toronto is also beginning to blossom with a range of galleries, shows, and events to immerse yourself in. 

While there are many celebrations and holidays in Canada, don’t expect the level of Holi or Diwali. Some notable festivals include the Quebec Winter Carnival, Montreal International Jazz Festival and Halloween. 


Moving overseas is a significant commitment so it’s important you know what you are getting yourself into before leaving India. Here’s what you should be aware of before you pack up your things and settle in Canada. 

Organising a visa

The type of visa you choose to apply for will depend on your reasons for moving to Canada. If you are moving for work reasons, then it’s best to get your employer to assist you in applying for the right visa and work permit. You can find out whether you need a work permit here. An Express Entry is a great way to obtain an immigration visa to Canada if you’re an eligible skilled worker. If you’re moving to be an international student then you can investigate whether you require a study permit here. You can find out more information about immigrating to Canada and track your progress on obtaining a visa on the Immigration and Citizenship website


Canadian housing prices have increased significantly over the past few years. This surge has even seen the Canadian government choosing to ban foreigners from buying in the local market. However, this does not extend to international students, foregin workers and permanent residents. When compared to India, the cost of renting in Canada is considerably expensive. You can expect to pay at least INR$64,280 to rent a one bedroom apartment in the city centre.


The two official languages of Canada are English and French, and to obtain citizenship you need to be proficient in at least one. While the majority of the Canadian provinces tend to favour English over French, Quebec is predominantly French speaking. 

The cost of living 

You’ll often hear the high cost of living in Canada talked about, with both Toronto and Vancouver being included in some of the most expensive cities in the world. When compared to India, living in Canada is significantly more expensive. Expect to pay more for clothing, restaurants and public transport. However, the average salary in Toronto tends to be slightly higher (approximately INR$277,870) than India (INR$59,670) which helps to offset the greater cost of living. 


Canada and India couldn’t be more different in regards to weather. The warm, dry summers are ideal for all outdoor activities like hiking, camping and water sports. While Canada doesn’t have a monsoon season nor the humidity of India, they do experience fire season so ensure you are adequately prepared if living in a vulnerable area. Winter in Canada is not the mild and short winter you have experienced in India, instead you should expect regular snow and temperatures dropping to as low as -25 degrees celsius. 



Ready to make the move to Canada? Life in Canada will be different to what you’re used to in India. Here’s what you should expect. 


Canada has a universal and publicly funded healthcare system, which gives access to free or subsidised health care services including emergency services. The Canada Health Act defines the eligibility of access to "a person lawfully entitled to be or to remain in Canada who makes his home and is ordinarily present in the province, but does not include a tourist, a transient or a visitor to the province." However, every province and territory determines the eligibility of residence.

Finding work

Unless you’re moving to Canada to retire, arranging your work permit and finding a new job is important. As mentioned above, you can check on the Government of Canada website to see which jobs and industries require a work permit. The healthcare, hospitality, and science and technology industries are continually growing and benefit from immigrant workers so they can provide exciting career pathways. Job websites such as Job Bank and Indeed are great resources for those looking for work.

Relocating with pets

If you’re moving to Canada with your furry or feathered friend, you'll need to ensure that you have the necessary documentation and proof of vaccinations before you arrive. You can check what vaccinations and other import requirements you need to adhere to here. Using a pet relocation service is an easy way to ensure that your pet makes it safely to their new home.


Depending on where you decide to live in Canada, you may need a car. The larger cities such as Toronto, Vancouver and Hamilton have comprehensive public transportation networks including subway, streetcar and bus. In the more rural areas, it’s best to have access to a vehicle. If you’re bringing a car from India, you can use a vehicle relocation service.


If you’re making the move from India to Canada, you’ll need an international moving company to help make your relocation as easy as possible. We help Indian residents relocate to their new home overseas successfully every single day! Contact us today to begin discussing your specific relocation requirements and receive a free quote.