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Living and Working In Canada 2e: All You Need to Know to Start a New Life in Canada Paperback – 1 Nov 2002
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This volume on living and working in Canada examines everything from deciding to go and getting visas, to understanding health and security, taxation, driving and how schooling and the job market work.
About the Author
Benjamin A. Kranc is a Canadian lawyer certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Immigration Law. Karina Roman is a freelance journalist who has worked on numerous Canadian publications including the National Post. Both authors live and work in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Canada is two countries in one, with a very different French cultural influence in large parts of the western provinces. There are only one or two paragraphs in this book covering this.
The information as far as it goes is surely accurate, but never seems to go far enough. Discussions on housing costs start with an excuse why it's too hard to summarise, where I could easily see how tabulated as high, medium, value housing types could be discussed region by region.
Together with housing, the section on taxation should give the best assessment of what salary levels exist in the country, and where the major part of it goes. It is impossible to assess this from the information in the book.
In many areas (even the section on immigration procedures - where you would expect one of the authors who is a lawyer to be expert) there are incomplete details. The reader is too often referred on to other sources.
As a result of reading this book, I am no more certain about any aspects of living and working in Canada. One Star is too high a rating for it.
It's not the best guide for those looking to move to Quebec though as this is both a different process and different environment to move to.
You'll also need to do additional research on each of the topic areas but one of the best overview books on the market (and I've bought most of them!)
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If you REALLY want to know about life in Canada, and have those precious visas or are newly-landed in Canada, I would recommend the slightly more tongue-in-cheek 'How to be a Canadian' by Ian and Will Ferguson instead. But hats off to Kranc and Roman for providing some useful information in a very easy-to-read book.