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Study English courses in English schools Canada

The second largest country in the world, Canada is a good choice for learning English. Although the strong economy has reduced the gap between costs between English courses in Canada and the US it is still cheaper as well as having a higher standard of English. Though Canada has cut many of the colonial ties with the UK, the government is a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. The population of Canada is just approximately 32 million people, 75% of these live within 150 kilometres of the border with the US. The capital is Ottawa, with a population of 813,000 (the fourth largest city).

The provincial governments do not have an official regulation of English language schools for the purpose of visa applications or quality assurance. Languages Canada and CAPLS are the oraganisations that represent private langauge schools in Canada. Their members are bound by certain guidelines and membership of these organisations implies that a school follows recommended guidelines for quality.

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English Schools and courses in British Colombia

English Schools and courses in Cranbrook

Name: College of the Rockies
Location: CranbrookCost of English course: $231 per weekPrice List Type: CollegeMax. class size: Facilities: Computer room, libarary, gym, cafe
Information: Affordable English school at the College of the Rockies, a small college with the opportunity to take university classes with the English courses.
website: www.cotr.bc.ca/internl


English Schools and courses in Powell River

Name: Camber College
Location: Powell RiverCost of English course: $169 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: A small English school in a town of 17,000 people. Academic and business English courses available.
website: www.cambercollege.com


English Schools and courses in Vancouver


Name: Canadian College of English Language
Location: VancouverCost of English course: $225 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities: Computer room, garden, common room, games room
Information: Good facilities and activities. Offers a wide range of English courses in Vancouver's centre.
website: www.canada-english.com


Name: Zoni Group International
Location: VancouverCost of English course: $170 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.zoni.com


Name: PLI - Pacific Language Institute
Location: VancouverCost of English course: $300 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities: Computer room, common room, garden
Information:
website: www.pli.ca


Name: LSI - Language Studies International
Location: VancouverCost of English course: $260 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.lsi.edu


Name: Vancouver English Centre
Location: VancouverCost of English course: $160 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.vec.ca


Name: Canadian as a Second Language Institute
Location: VancouverCost of English course: $345 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.csli.com


Name: Vanwest College
Location: VancouverCost of English course: $180 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities: Garden, canteen, computer room
Information:
website: www.vanwest.com


Name: University of British Columbia
Location: VancouverCost of English course: $360 per weekPrice List Type: UniversityMax. class size: Facilities: Library, gym, computer room, canteen, etc.
Information: Program at the University of British Colombia
website: www.eli.ubc.ca


Name: Eurocentres , Vancouver
Location: VancouverCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: Common room, computer room, garden
website: www.languagecanada.com


Name: Greater Vancouver College (GVC)
Location: VancouverCost of English course: $116 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.gvcollege.com


Name: Pan Pacific College
Location: VancouverCost of English course: $165 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.ppcollege.com


Name: inlingua Vancouver
Location: VancouverCost of English course: $150 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.inlinguavancouver.com


Name: Kaplan Aspect
Location: VancouverCost of English course: $315 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website:


Name: Berlitz Study Abroad - Vancouver
Location: VancouverCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website:


Name: Dorset College
Location: VancouverCost of English course: $375 per weekPrice List Type: CollegeMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.dorsetcollege.bc.ca


Name: English Bay College
Location: VancouverCost of English course: $289 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: 15 Facilities:
Information:
website: www.englishbaycollege.com


Name: University College of the Fraser Valley
Location: VancouverCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: UniversityMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: Program at University College of the Fraser Valley
website: www.ucfv.ca/intl_ed


Name: KGIC - King George International College
Location: VancouverCost of English course: $300 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.kgic.ca


Name: Queen Margaret’s School
Location: VancouverCost of English course: $250 per weekPrice List Type: Boarding schoolMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.qms.bc.ca


English schools and courses in Victoria

Name: GEOS Language Academy - Victoria
Location: VictoriaCost of English course: $160 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.geosvictoria.com


Name: University of Victoria English Language Centre
Location: VictoriaCost of English course: $296 per weekPrice List Type: UniversityMax. class size: Facilities: Computer room, library, gym, canteen, etc.
Information: Program at the University of Victoria
website: www.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc


Name: Pan Pacific International English College Inc.
Location: VictoriaCost of English course: $165 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities: Computer room, games room
Information:
website: www.victoriaesl.com


Name: Victoria International Academy
Location: VictoriaCost of English course: $185 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: 8 Facilities:
Information:
website: www.eslschoolcanada.com


English schools and courses in Whistler

Name: International House Whistler
Location: WhistlerCost of English course: $190 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: Whistler is famous for skiing. Programs including farm-stays & work placements.
website: www.ihvancouver.com


Name: Prestige English Language Academy
Location: Cost of English course: $195 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website:


Name: Berlitz Canada
Location: Cost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website:


English schools and courses in Comox

Name: Comox Valley International College
Location: ComoxCost of English course: $282 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: Located in a small town with a summer sailing program.
website: www.cvic.bc.ca


English schools and courses in Fort St John

Name: Northern Lights College
Location: Fort St JohnCost of English course: $253 per weekPrice List Type: CollegeMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: Program at Northern Lights College
website: www.nlc.bc.ca/international


English schools and courses in Kamloops

Name: Canada English School
Location: KamloopsCost of English course: $400 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: 3 Facilities:
Information:
website: www.canadaenglishschool.com


English schools and courses in Kelowna

Name: International Gateway Kelowna
Location: KelownaCost of English course: $170 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.igcanada.com


Name: Okanagan College
Location: KelownaCost of English course: $281 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.okanagan.bc.ca


English schools and courses in Kimberley

Name: Alpine English School
Location: KimberleyCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: Summer camps, family programs and second level programs
website: www.alpine-english.com


English schools and courses in Nanaimo

Name: The Mains Way
Location: NanaimoCost of English course: $250 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.themainsway.com


Name: Malaspina University-College
Location: NanaimoCost of English course: $325 per weekPrice List Type: UniversityMax. class size: Facilities: Computer room, library, gym, etc.
Information: Program at Malaspina College University
website: www.mala.ca/esl


English schools and courses in Nelson

Name: Nelex Canada : Nelson English Language Experience
Location: NelsonCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: 3 Facilities:
Information:
website: www.nelexcanada.com


English schools and courses in Salmon Arm

Name: Community Language Centre
Location: Salmon ArmCost of English course: $163 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: Salmons don't have arms
website: www.clcentre.ca


English schools and courses in Tatla Lake

Name: Eagle Lake ESL Wilderness Adventure
Location: Tatla LakeCost of English course: $1475 per week (includes everthing) Price List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: Located on a working ranch in the Rocky Mountains. Close to a lake and beaches.
website: www.eslwildernessadventure.com


English schools and courses in Tatlayoko Lake

Name: Skinner Creek Wilderness Adventure
Location: Tatlayoko LakeCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: 5 Facilities:
Information: On a ranch with a good activity program (hiking, horse-riding, volley ball, snow boarding).
website: www.skinnercreekeslguestranch.ca


English schools and courses in Ontario


English schools and courses in Niagra Falls

Name: Niagara Falls Language School
Location: Niagara FallsCost of English course: $988 per week (includes everthing)Price List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.nfls.ca


English Schools and courses in Toronto


Name: Hansa Language Centre
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $435 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.hansacanada.com


Name: International House Toronto
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $235 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.ihtoronto.com


Name: Canadian Language Centre
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $125 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities: Common room, computer room
Information:
website: www.studyclc.com


Name: Centre Linguista Canada
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $222 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: http://www.clccanada.ca


Name: ESH Language Centre
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $180 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: 12 Facilities: Computer room, library, common room
Information:
website: www.studyquest.net


Name: The English Studio
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $129 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: 8 Facilities: Library
Information:
website: www.theenglishstudio.com


Name: Learn English in Toronto
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $260 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.lsi.edu


Name: NSL - National School of Languages
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $148 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.nationalschool.ca


Name: Higher Score
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.higherscore.ca


Name: ACCESS International English Language Centre
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $214 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities: Computer room, library, common room
Information:
website: www.accessenglish.com


Name: Bronte Language Centre
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $176 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: Two locations on the outskirts of Toronto
website: www.brontelanguagecentre.com


Name: The Canadian College of English
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $200 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.ccenglish.com


Name: International Language Preparation College
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $124 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities: Common room
Information:
website: www.ilpcollege.com


Name: Berlitz Study Abroad - Toronto
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.berlitz.ca


Name: PLI - Pacific Language Institute
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $225 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.pli.ca


Name: RCIIS - Royal Canadian Institute of International Studies
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $185 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.rciis.ca


Name: Metropolitan College
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $158 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.metcollege.com


Name: Communiqued Services
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $1,050 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.communiqued.com


Name: Canadian Language Academy
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $200 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.studyesl-canada.com


Name: Prince of Wales School of English
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: Second levelMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: High school program with homestays
website: www.princeofwales.ca


Name: Sheridan College
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: Program at the Sheridan Institute
website: www.sheridanc.on.ca


Name: Cornerstone Academic College
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $146 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.cacenglish.com


Name: Languages International Toronto
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $180 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: 12 Facilities: Common room, computer room
Information:
website: www.litoronto.com


Name: English Interactive
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $126 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: 7 Facilities:
Information: Computer room
website: www.english-interactive.com


Name: Toronto Languages Plus
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $330 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities: Common room, library, cafe, computer room, garden
Information:
website: www.torontolanguagesplus.com


Name: KGIC - King George International College
Location: TorontoCost of English course: $300 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.kgic.ca


English schools and courses in Waterloo

Name: Renison College
Location: WaterlooCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: UniversityMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.renison.uwaterloo.ca


English schools and courses in Apsley

Name: Canadian English Language Adventure
Location: ApsleyCost of English course: $800 per week (includes everthing)Price List Type: HomestayMax. class size: 1 Facilities:
Information: Program where you live with your teacher in a rural location
website: www.languageadventure.ca


English schools and courses in Barrie

Name: Georgian College
Location: BarrieCost of English course: $286 per weekPrice List Type: CollegeMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: Program at Georgian College
website: www.georgianc.on.ca/international


English schools and courses in Hamilton

Name: Archer College
Location: HamiltonCost of English course: $180 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.thelanguagecircle.com


English schools and courses in Kingston

Name: Kingston Language Institute
Location: KingstonCost of English course: $165 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.kliweb.com


Name: Queen's University
Location: KingstonCost of English course: $225 per weekPrice List Type: UniversityMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: Program at Queens University
website: www.queensu.ca/qsoe


English schools and courses in London

Name: London Language Institute
Location: LondonCost of English course: $210 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: 12 Facilities: Computer room
Information:
website: www.llinstitute.com


English schools and courses in Mississagua

Name: ESL Plus
Location: MississaguaCost of English course: $159 per week Price List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: Summer camp and kids courses
website: www.eslplus.ca


Name: Learn English , Enjoy Mississauga
Location: MississaugaCost of English course: $270 per weekPrice List Type: HomestayMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: Program where you live with your teacher.
website: www.alphabetaweb.com/esl


Name: Village English
Location: MississaugaCost of English course: $161 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.village-english.com


English schools and courses in New Market

Name: Pickering College
Location: New MarketCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: Boarding schoolMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.pickeringcollege.on.ca


English schools and courses in Ottowa

Name: Algonquin College
Location: OttowaCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: CollegeMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.algonquincollege.com


Name: ABCE Language Training
Location: OttowaCost of English course: $175 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.language-training.org


English schools and courses in Peterborough

Name: Ontario Homestay
Location: PeterboroughCost of English course: $300 per weekPrice List Type: HomestayMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: Program where you study at your homestay house.
website: www.ontariohomestay.com


Name: Connect Business English College
Location: Cost of English course: $285 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities: Computer room, common room
Information:
website: www.connectlanguage.com


Name: Linguabiz Business English School
Location: Cost of English course: $188 per week Price List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.linguabiz.com


Name: ESL Studio Language Centre
Location: Cost of English course: $353 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website:


Name: University College of the Fraser Valley
Location: Cost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.ucfv.ca/intl_ed


English schools and courses in Alberta

English schools and courses in Canmore

Name: Banff Education Centre
Location: CanmoreCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: Small school in the mountains with a good activity program. Strong focus on tourism and the environment.
website: www.bec.ca


English schools and courses in Edmonton

Name: Cultural Connections Institute - The Learning Exchange
Location: EdmontonCost of English course: $75 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.cci-lex.ca


Name: NorQuest College
Location: EdmontonCost of English course: $104 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.international.norquest.ca


Name: English Language Training College
Location: EdmontonCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.eltc.com


English schools and courses in Grande Prairie

Name: Grande Prairie Regional College
Location: Grande PrairieCost of English course: $200 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: Program at Grande Prairie Regional College
website: www.gprc.ab.ca/international/esl


Name: Educere International College
Location: Cost of English course: $308 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website:


English schools and courses in Manitoba

English schools and courses in Winnipeg

Name: DCD Language and Culture Study Abroad Program
Location: WinnipegCost of English course: $1133 per week (includes everything) Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.languageculture.ca


Name: University of Manitoba
Location: WinnipegCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities: Library, gym, computer room
Information: Program at the University of Manitoba
website: www.umanitoba.ca


Name: Heartland International English School
Location: WinnipegCost of English course: $175 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.heartlandenglish.com


English schools and courses in New Brunswick

English schools and courses in Fredericton

Name: University of New Brunswick
Location: FrederictonCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: UniversityMax. class size: Facilities: Library, computer room, canteen, gym, etc.
Information: Program at the University of New Brunswick
website: www.extend.unb.ca


English schools and courses in Prince Edward Island

English schools and courses in Charlottetown

Name: Study Abroad Canada
Location: CharlottetownCost of English course: $300 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.studyincanada.ca


English schools and courses in Newfoundland

English schools and courses in St Johns

Name: Memorial University of Newfoundland
Location: St JohnsCost of English course: $460 per weekPrice List Type: UniversityMax. class size: Facilities: Library
Information: Program at Memorial University
website: www.mun.ca/elss


English schools and courses in Nova Scotia

English schools and courses in Halifax

Name: Canadian Language Learning College
Location: HalifaxCost of English course: $225 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.cllc.ca


Name: St. Mary's University
Location: HalifaxCost of English course: $357 per weekPrice List Type: UniversityMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: Program at St Mary's University
website: www.stmarys.ca/academic/tesl


English schools and courses in Freeport

Name: Islands Language Center
Location: FreeportCost of English course: $850 per week (includes everything) Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.islandslanguagecenter.org


English schools and courses in Quebec

English Schools and courses in Montreal


Name: Multicultural Academy Canada
Location: MontrealCost of English course: $250 per week Price List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information: Central location. French speaking province.
website: www.collegemac.ca


Name: College Platon
Location: MontrealCost of English course: $160 per week Price List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.platocollege.com


Name: POINT3 Language School monteal
Location: MontrealCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.point-3.com


Name: Canada College
Location: MontrealCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.collegecanada.com


Name: ALI - Montreal Language Academy
Location: MontrealCost of English course: $252 per weekPrice List Type: PrivateMax. class size: Facilities: Computer room, cafe, common room
Information:
website: www.studymontreal.com


English schools and courses in Quebec City

Name: Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier
Location: Quebec CityCost of English course: $ per weekPrice List Type: CollegeMax. class size: Facilities:
Information:
website: www.collegegarnier.qc.ca










































Culture

Canadian culture bears similarities to the US and the UK, it could be said that it is somewhere in between. Canadians are considered less brash and agressive than their southern neighbours and are less insular in their outlook. Canada has developed an undeserved reputation for being boring. This could be due to their politeness, which is said to be a legacy of the British Empire. This means if someone bumps into your they are much more likely to apologise than to tell you how great a country Canada is.

Canada is proud of its multiculturalism. Almost half of the country's population consists of first-generation immigrants. This multiculturalism is evident an acceptance of different languages. The City of Toronto publishes many materials in over 70 languages. Canadians are used to speaking with people on whose first language is not English, but you need to be patient and accommodating at times. For the most part they will find little difference in word usage between the US and Canada.

Canada Culture Links
www.pch.gc.caCanadian Heritage
www.imagescanada.caImages of Canada
www.culturecanada.gc.caGovernment Programs and Services on Culture, Heritage and Recreation.

















































































Weather

Some people have the impression of Canada being a frozen wasteland, where as this may be true far north, the Canadian climate has great regional variation. Most of the populated areas have warm and humid summers with normal temperatures of 23Cº. Winters are generally cold when average temperatures stay just above 0C º. Rainfall is highest near the coast and around the great lakes.


More information on Canada’s climate can be found at the Canadian Weather Office.

Temperature and precipitation tables by region can be found at this link.

Concise information on climate by region can be found at this link




















































































Finances for studying English in Canada

The Canadian Dollar (CAD / $ / C$) is the legal currency of Canada. Canada uses a dollars and cents system of decimal currency with 100 cents in a dollar. Sine the introduction of the one dollar coin with a picture of a loon on the back (a type of bird) Canadian dollars have become known as loonies.

Budget for learning in Canada

Compared to the US, Canada is a cheaper alternative. Although the Canadian dollar has risen in value in recent years the courses and course of living are still good value. For accommodation, food and entertainment you should budget $250 per week.

Banks

Banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 9:30 until 16:30. Some banks and specific branches may be open later and even on Saturdays. ATMs (sometimes refered to as ABMs {Automatic Banking Machines}) are found in most places in Canada.

Banks in Canada usually require proof of legal residency such a visa to open a bank account. Sometimes a passport and a secondary piece of identification are sufficient. However, it is much easier to open a bank from your home country. Check with your local bank to see if there are partnership agreements for opening accounts in Canada or consider opening an account with a bank like HSBC and activating it on arrival.

Below is a list of Canadian banks ;
Bank of Montreal

Business Development Bank of Canada

La Caisse Desjardins

Canada Trust

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Citibank Canada

Citizens Bank of Canada

Citizens Trust

The Credit Union Central of Canada

ING Direct Canada

HSBC Holdings plc

Hong Kong Bank of Canada

KS Bank of Toronto

Laurentian Bank of Canada

National Bank of Canada

Off Shore Financial Services

Pace Credit Union

Royal Bank of Canada

Scotiabank

Toronto Dominion Bank

Vancouver City Savings Credit Union


Tipping

In restaurants it is customary to tip 10 to 15% on the bill. In some restaurants this may be included for large groups. If your food or drinks are not brought to you it is still customary to tip a couple of dollars at the bar. In cafes there is often a tip jar on the counter if you would like to tip there.
























Work

Finding work in Canada can be difficult and is only allowed under certain circumstances. It can be hard to even find a job in Canada so students should come with enough money for their stay. Students in English schools are not eligible for work.

Full time students at third level state institutions are entitled to work on campus or in jobs related to their study. Students are allowed to work if they can show that they have run out of money through no fault of their own (spending in the bar isn’t a good idea).

Canada does not have an official au-pair programme meaning only people on working holiday visas or live in caregiver visas can work as au-pairs.

Salary
The minimum wage in Canada differs from state to state, ranging from $7.25 to $8.75 per hour and can be less for students and service industries. Not everyone is entitled to receive minimum wage and there are differences across industries.

Some websites for job seekers;

www.jobbank.gc.ca www.jobpostings.ca www.monster.ca www.jobsabroad.com
www.workopolis.com www.cooljobscanada.com
www.aupair.ca aupair-visa-canada.greataupair.com








































Canadian Student Visas

Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa to enter Canada, provided that the stay does not exceed six months.


Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Barbados
Belgium
Botswana
Brunei
Czech Republic
Cyprus
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Lithuania
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Malta
Mexico
Monaco
Namibia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Papua New Guinea
Poland
Portugal
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent
San Marino
Singapore
Slovakia
Solomon Islands
Spain
Swaziland
Sweden
Slovenia
Switzerland
United States
Western Samoa


List of countries which require a visa

If you think you might continue your studies after this point it is a good idea to apply as the application has to be made in your home country.

If you are a minor (under 18 in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan or under 19 in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut and the Yukon ) two notarized documents are required. One by the parents or guardian in the home country and one by the custodian in Canada who will be legally responsible for the minor. When traveling two letters of permission (one from the parents and one from the custodian) and the custodians contact details are required. Further information can be found at this link.

Standard custodian form letter

Visa Application Procedure



Documents required


The documents required for an entry visa depend on the country. Check with your local embassy to make sure which are necessary. Usually these include;



General information on the visa process


Document checklist

A list of visa application offices can be found at this link.

If you have stayed in a designated country for more than six months in the last year you may need to under go an immigration medical examination.









































Accommodation

Homestay
Cost: $400 - $800 per week

Residential
Cost: $80 - $1,000

Hotels, Hostels and B&B


There are several websites that are useful in finding accommodation in Canada such as;

rentcanada.com
apartmentguide.caA site Vancouver
www.places4students.com Student housing in Canada and the U.S.


Problems

If you have problems with your land lord there are a number of agencies who can help your resolve the issues or explain your legal options.









































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Links

www.studyincanada.com Information on schools in Canada from elementary to third level.
www.places4students.com Student accommodation in Canada and the US
www.cic.gc.ca Citizenship and Immigration Canada
www.cic.gc.ca Government site on studying in Canada
Canadian Language Council Information on English courses
www.capls.com Canadian Association of Private Language Schools
www.cic.gc.ca List of Canadian Visa Offices
www.cic.gc.ca Application for a Study Permit


Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Goverment info on studying in Canada

Canadian Language Council

Canadian Association of Private Language Schools

List of Canadian Visa Offices

Application for a Study Permit

Document checklist