Moving To Canada From The UK - Britannia Movers

Moving To Canada From The UK

Moving to Canada

If you are planning on moving to Canada, whether to Toronto, Vancouver, Alberta or Calgary, Britannia Movers International has the expertise and the local knowledge to tailor the move to your individual needs.


Importing Personal Effects to Canada

Shipments of household goods are allowed duty free entry provided that you have owned them for at least a year prior to importation. All household effects will be subject to physical examination by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. You will need a Canadian immigrant visa in order to move to Canada. To move your household items, an inventory or packing list is required, and Britannia will provide you with the correct customs forms that must be completed prior to the goods leaving the UK.


Prohibitions and Restrictions

In general it is in your interest not to import the following items:

  • Firearms & ammunition
  • Inflammable goods & substances
  • Plants & plant material
  • Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise
  • Narcotics and dangerous goods
  • Offensive materials
  • Alcohol & Tobacco

Transit Times

Groupage or shared load consignments usually take 6 to 10 weeks door to door. However, this can vary depending on the volumes being shipped, customs or immigration delays and weather conditions. Sole use containers usually take 4 to 6 weeks port to port, and there is a weekly service to all major ports.

Bar Coding

Bar Coding

All Groupage consignments will be bar coded before they are loaded into the shipping container. This will ensure that no items are left at origin.


Domestic Pets

Britannia can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in sending your family pet(s) from home to home. They will coordinate all documentation and necessary veterinary procedures.

Find out more about pet transport.


Moving Motor Vehicles to Canada

Used cars other than current models are generally prohibited from importation. Your local Britannia member will give you further advice if you are planning to move your car(s) to Canada.

International currency exchange

International FX

When you are making international payments for individuals you can benefit from IFX expertise in seeking the best possible rate, whether you are sending or receiving foreign currency.

IFX can help to protect you from exchange rate fluctuations and save you time and money on international payments.

IFX offers :

  • International payments
  • Regular Overseas Transfers
  • Prepaid Currency Card
  • Forward Contracts

More info on the IFX website.

Moving to Canada With Britannia

  • Customs Clearance –   Consignments are normally released shortly after your visit to Canadian Customs (CBSA). The time taken to clear goods through customs can be affected by Government policy, X-raying of goods, physical inspection, volume of traffic and the levy of any import duties or taxes.
  • Packing & Delivery –  Our trained removers can pack and wrap all your items to ensure that they are transported safely. If you choose a full door to door shipping service to Canada, Britannia will deliver the goods to your new home. We can then unwrap your furniture and unpack your moving boxes onto a flat surface, and all used packing materials will be removed from the site.
  • Additional removal services – Should you require additional removal services when moving to Canada, Britannia is authorised to provide comprehensive insurance, and arrange international storage or pet transport.

If you are interested in moving to Canada, get a free removal quote, and read more about our international removals, and our additional moving services, like pet transport or money transfer.

Living in Canada

While often overshadowed by its southern neighbour, the USA, Canada is a vast country with a strong economy, multi-cultural society, and spectacular scenery, attracting great numbers of immigrants from all over the world.

Located in the northern part of North America, extending from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, Canada is the second largest country in the world by land mass. Originally inhabited by aboriginal groups, explorations in the late 15th century led to British and French settlements. Canada is nowadays a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy, with both English and French as official languages. Canada is one of the world’s leading economies, that relies on the country’s diverse natural resources and mineral reserves. The country can also boast a high life expectancy, and good levels of literacy and school enrolment, and is known to have the highest quality of life in the world, according to the United Nations Human Development Index.

While Canada might not be as diverse as the US, it offers a truly multi-cultural atmosphere, a better quality of life than many European destinations, stunning places to visit, and a variety of employment opportunities.

Interesting Facts About Canada

  • While Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia, it is one of the most sparsely populated
  • The border between Canada and the US is the world’s longest border between two nations.
  • Ice hockey is the national sport of Canada
  • Canada contains 9% of the world’s renewable water supply.
  • Vancouver is said to have the highest quality of life in the world.

Popular Destinations

  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Alberta
  • Calgary
  • Montreal

Tips About Moving to and Living in Canada

  • To be able to work in Canada, you will need a work permit, which is however only a temporary immigration document. To live in Canada permanently, you need to qualify for immigration under one of the categories of the Canadian Immigration Authorities.
  • The cost of living and housing in Canada is considerably cheaper than in the UK. Cities, for example Toronto and Vancouver are generally more expensive, than rural areas.
  • Some of Canada’s social policies differ markedly from those in the US. Health care is publicly funded, taxation is higher so as to distribute wealth more evenly, and there’s more focus on liberal social policies, while capital punishment is outlawed, and gun ownership is controlled very strictly.
  • You should also consider employment opportunities before moving to Canada. Expats can choose from a variety of jobs, and there are skills shortages in many industries, so it can be relatively easy to find something that will fit your skills.

Further Reading

You can find a more in-depth account of life in Canada by visiting our Ultimate Guide to moving to Canada.

If you’re looking to move to Canada get a quote from Britannia Movers Internationals using our Quote Form or feel free to ask us any questions on our Contact Page

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Moving To Canada From The UK
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