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Nigerians in Canada

The first notion that came to my mind when I saw the topic “Nigerians in Canada” was, is Canada the real deal for Nigerians as many claim?

Before I could go further I saw this confession from a Nigerian. He said,

“first of all, as a Nigerian living in Canada, you’ll notice that there is a huge difference between your life back home and here in Canada”.

If it were only that, then all want-away Nigerians to Canada should have relocated. But you see, when you consider the question, the life of Nigerians in Canada there is more, and today, we will be looking out for more on that.

What we will learn:

  1. Joining other Nigerians in Canada via the Nigerian Canadian Association (NCA)
  2. Looking for Nigerian Expats in Toronto, Canada
  3. Nigerians Deported From Canada
  4. True Life Stories for Nigerians living in Canada?

Joining other Nigerians in Canada to Foster Unity

One of the best things you could do as a Nigerian in Canada is joining other Nigerians to collaborate and share opinions and values if that is okay with you.

Nigerians in Canada

By collaboration, I am sure you hear ‘Nigerians in diaspora”. If yes, then that is what I am talking about.

Just like other Nigerians in Canada, a reputable and recognized association to join while in Canada is the Nigerian Canadian Association (NCA).

According to the parent website, The NIGERIAN CANADIAN ASSOCIATION is a non-profitable organization whose aims and objectives are to lend helping hands to all Nigerians leaving in Canada. The running and funding of the Club are based on the monthly contribution of its members and the kind donations of people like you when we embark on a project.

As a community, The NIGERIAN CANADIAN ASSOCIATION is committed to addressing the integration, education, health, housing, social services, culture, and economic development needs of Nigerian Canadians and other immigrants in Canada, through programs services and advocacy.

Lastly, when you think about the AIMS AND OBJECTIVEs of the organization here is it. 

The primary objective of the Association is to foster the economic, social and cultural development of the people of Nigeria as a whole and the society we live in and to act as a medium of rendering financial and moral support to the individual members.

Should you want to join in, then use the link above.

Looking for Nigerian Expats in Toronto, Canada?

If you would ever be looking out for Nigerian Expats in Canada, then I will be glad to tell you about it. But first, what is an Expat all about?

According to Wiki, an expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person residing in a country other than their native country. Therefore a Nigerian expat is a person residing in a country other than Nigeria.

But when do you can need the help of an expat? In any of the following ways.

  • If you want to connect with fellow Nigerians in another country.
  • If you want to get information in a particular Province or state.
  • If you want to know more about exciting events and activities around the country.
  • If you want some Exchange tips about expat life in the country.

With the above being said, let’s start with Nigerian Expats in Toronto, Canada.

Nigerian Expats in Toronto, Canada

A great place to meet Nigerian Expats in Toronto, Canada is a community known as InterNations. InterNations is a one bus stop if you are looking to find reliable information or simply want to get advice from fellow Nigerians in Toronto.

The members of this Nigerian expat community come from the Nigerian States like Abuja, Kano, Lagos and many other places in Nigeria!

Nigerians in Canada

Meting up Nigerians in Toronto, Canada

If you are in any way interested in meeting other Nigerians in Toronto, then you will get excited as the regular expat events organized by InterNation Ambassadors at the best venues in town are a fantastic way to meet fellow Nigerians in Toronto.

Why is this so effective?

Because the possibilities for interacting offline are sure to satisfy a wide range of tastes, from a hip dining experience in one of Toronto’s trendy restaurants to a joint trip to French-speaking Québec, with its strong provincial identity.

The InterNations events and activities are a great way to get to know other Nigerian expats in your city and Nigerians in Canada.

The big question then is, are you interested?

If yes, then simply sign up to become a member and you will soon be warmly welcomed among other Nigerians living in Toronto. But before that, are you sure you want to relocate to Toronto, Canada?


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Nigerian Asylum Seekers In Canada; Gather Here

Do you remember the story of Snowden? The popular American that sought for Asylum in Russia? Here is his story…

Edward Snowden’s asylum in Russia is part of the aftermath of the global surveillance disclosures made by Edward Snowden. On June 23, 2013, Snowden flew from Hong Kong to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Noting that his U.S. passport had been cancelled, Russian authorities restricted him to the airport terminal.

On August 1, after 39 days in the transit section, Snowden left the airport. He was granted temporary asylum in Russia for one year. On August 7, 2014, six days after Snowden’s one-year temporary asylum expired, his Russian lawyer announced that Snowden had received a three-year residency permit.

It allowed him to travel freely within Russia and to go abroad for up to three months. Snowden was not granted permanent political asylum, which would require a separate process.

Why this story? Highlight this point… Snowden was not granted permanent political asylum, which would require a separate process.

The question is, why was it hard at first for him to be granted permanent political asylum?

I mean, we are talking about a whistleblower who copied and leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 when he was a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee and subcontractor.

If such an important dude could get rejected in Russia how much more random Nigerian Asylum seekers in Canada?

According to Pulseng, Canada rejects 70.7% of Nigerian asylum seekers who crossed borders.

Nigerians in Canada

As of 2018, another recent report from Reuters revealed that about 56% of refugee claims finalised between January and September 2018 were accepted, but the acceptance rates are lower for border-crossers, with Nigerians and Haitians forming the largest groups.

Any Thoughts Of Seeking Asylum In Canada As A Nigerian?

If yes, then see the reality…

The acceptance rate of Nigerian border crossers stands at 29.3% as 9,898 Nigerians illegally walked into Canada, without going through a designated port of entry, between February 2017 and June 2018, according to data observed by Pulse from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

To round it up, the Canadian Government even sent its immigration and refugee minister to Nigeria, asking the Nigerian government to help discourage its citizens from crossing into Canada, and asking the United States to deny visas to people who might then go to Canada – Reuters.com

So, if you must relocate to Canada, it has to be the right way… You can use the Federal Express Entry. (you have a higher chance for relocation)

Nigerians Deported From Canada

Nigerians in Canada

I had to put this up in case you plan to move to Canada the wrong way. Truth is, there is nothing good in going about things the wrong way.

Why is this so a big point?

Answer: No free ticket’ Canada warns as Nigerian asylum seekers crossing from USA.

According to CNN, the number of people intercepted in the first three months of 2018 more than doubled those in the same period last year. And in 2017, the number of people intercepted at the border escalated in the summer.

“There is a small number that is abusing the US visa system. They don’t have a desire to visit the United States. They intend to come to Canada and claim asylum,” Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said in an interview with CNN partner CBC.

That is no good news for Nigerians…

As far as I know, Canada is one of the coolest countries to get Permanent Resident Visa, why? Because of the relationship with Nigeria.

With Manitoba calling in thousands of immigrants, you should not steal the deal. What you want to do is follow the right way and here is it.

True Life Stories for Nigerians living in Canada?

Perhaps the part you had been waiting for. If yes, then, get excited as we bring to you the different realities of Nigerians in Canada.

The dangling question is,

Should this be your decision points to deciding whether to or forgo Canada relocation? Well, let’s see.

My personal question to you.

Do you pay your Taxes in Nigeria? If no, would you like to divert in Canada?

Nigerians in Canada

If yes, then be prepared to be deported because Nova Scotia, Canada, has the highest sales tax in Canada (15%). That is your first reality so you know how to go about your Canadian press-ups.

Omotayo said, in his words…

I was a student in Canada more than 35 years ago. Much of what others have written here could have been predictable and Nigerians need to watch out because the stories of a Canada (or any other nation) where there are no problems is an exaggeration.

Everywhere in the world, people struggle to survive. In the UK, for example, apart from a certain Charles and some other members of his family, most people struggle to survive month to month! Canadians manage every month to balance their family budget (pay heating bills, clearing snow, taxes, transportation, mortgage/rent, settle various other bills, etc.)

In the US, in addition to these, they also dodge bullets (it is their constitutional right to keep dodging bullets), forest fires and “migrant invasion”; realize that a major sickness can ruin their finances all the while “saluting the flag” and watching out for the next joke Trump will pull on them!

Nigerians must know that their expectations in Canada or any other place in this world must be realistic and benefit from learning about differences in the culture and systems they are entering. Perhaps a little story may help. It is the experience of two of my colleagues in Alberta between 1980–85.

Let’s call the first man Andrew. Andrew was born in Calgary. His father was a plumber and he had training in plumbing and was working with his late father since he was old enough to do so. He earned a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Alberta but could not find a job as an academic. He found out that the hourly wage for a plumber was more than $40 an hour.

He eventually kept his PhD on the shelve and went to work as a plumber. He made a comfortable income and had no regrets! Please note that Andrew is a white Canadian “Anglo Saxon” or “WASP” if you know what I mean.

Next comes Nnamdi (not his real name, but a Nigerian person known to me). Nnamdi came to Canada with MSc Chemistry from UNN and was admitted to the PhD program at the University of Alberta. He was here with his family and had sufficient assistantship to live on for the five years it took to get the PhD.

He never planned to go back to Nigeria. Upon graduation, he worked initially as a Post Doctoral Fellow. That provided more money than the Graduate Assistantship but was not the level of living he looked forward to. Eventually, even that ran out.

Nnamdi found out that he could earn a more stable income if he taught Chemistry in secondary school. He went back to take the required Teacher’s certificate and was eventually employed as Chemistry teacher. He too went on to live a simple quiet life and had no complaints.

He was happy he could put his children in better schools than Nigeria could provide for him.

Analysis:

One of these people was an immigrant from Nigeria, the other, a Canadian from several generations. It was already happening 35 years ago! If you assume that advanced education will automatically place you in a White-Collar job and middle class life in Canada, think again!

The opportunities, culture, expectations and society are completely different from what you are used to in Nigeria! That is probably why their system works! It is primed to be efficient. You can be sacked from your work even though you have been working very hard, simply because the economy is slow and your boss thinks that the company will benefit from laying you off, or by closing your section of the company.

This does not necessarily have anything to do with your face or colour! In fact, while you have a job, I think it is mandatory to have Unemployment Insurance so that the time needed to find another job will not send you down into homelessness when you lose a job!

My children, who presently live in Canada, offered me a perspective recently. I think Nigerians need to study how Asians, in one or two generations, climb to the middle class in these Western Countries while Nigerians can keep receiving assistance for several generations.

One of my daughters, while at University in Canada had a friend, an Indian. They talked enough for her to notice that that girl’s parents came to Canada around the same time she herself was born in Canada. They (the girl’s parents)had only high school education compared to me in a PhD program at that time.

All they were able to do were menial jobs and lived prudently until they were able to own a Corner Shop. The children grew up helping their parents and going to school. By the time these children reached university, the same parents could pay their fees while my own children needed school loans to get by.

In a single generation, Indians with relatively lower education had arrived at Middle-Class status while we Nigerians are busy amassing degrees and boasting to be doing so well, ipso facto! Newsflash! Degrees are not paid for in Canada!

Even with your PhD, you keep quiet at work and perform! If another person with a lower level of education does better than you, he could be paid more!

I will conclude with the story of another Nigerian in the United States. Again, this is a true story:

Musa, a Nigerian, with PhD in Chemical Engineering, works for a high-end manufacturing company in Michigan. He joined the company as a junior engineer before he went for his PhD at University of Michigan.

After completion, he was employed to work in the research arm of the same company and was on a six figure annual income. Then the economy went into recession. As a senior member of staff, he was well briefed about the company’s fortunes.

Then there was, again, this happy Indian foreman who did his daily routine joyfully as if everything was OK! Musa called him one day and asked if he was aware that the company had less than six months of work left and would be folded up. Rajiv (let’s call him by that name) smiled and told Musa he was fully aware of the state of the company. Then why was he so joyful?

Musa had the shock of his life when Rajiv explained that he already knew the company was not doing well two years previously. He had already made a down-payment for a 7–11 store that he was ready to move to and operate.

Surprisingly, he found he could continue to work for nine more months, he therefore put his brother at that particular store while he was earning the income to work for the down-payment of another store! Instead of him running a single store with his brother, each will run a store and will help each other to complete payment!

The examples here are about certificate-piling Nigerian immigrants under performing compared to lower educated Asians. When you now bring in highly educated Indians – that are by the way multiple of times the number of Nigerians, the story becomes even more interesting. Nigerians, abroad, often do not cooperate as easily as Asians do.

Four or more Pakistani IT workers can be so helpful to one another, share apartment and contribute to sustain an unemployed member until they all move ahead in Western society. Nigerians in the same situation are more likely to engage in unhealthy competition.

The Koreans, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesians etc., move into middle class much faster than Nigerians do no matter how fast we start. If there is an Olympic medal for the number of degrees acquired, Nigeria will win! If it is a matter of entrepreneurship, upward mobility, social integration, etc., it is a different game!

When a Chinese sets up a restaurant, he aims, not only at other Chinese people, but the entire Western population. The same can be said about Thai, Vietnamese, Koreans, etc. The few Nigerians who set up Bukas are targeting other Nigerians or Africans like themselves – 0.1 – 2% of the population! We already failed in the competition from inception!

Conclusion.

There are opportunities in the Western countries for Nigerians and many have done well. There are also hundreds or thousands of Nigerians (doctors, engineers, lawyers, other professionals) living at the margins of those societies but will NEVER tell the truth to their families and friends at home.

This can mislead many who get to know the truth too late and simply add to the number. Nigeria, (for several reasons: poor infrastructure, safety, opportunities, etc. ) is a difficult place to live. The Western nations that look attractive to us are also (for a different set of reasons: competition, culture, weather, etc.) difficult places to live.

The effort required to succeed in these countries can easily be as great as the effort needed to succeed in Nigeria. In fact, it is my private opinion that, if you are not an “Okada” or “Maruwa” driver in a Nigerian city, your effort to succeed in most of these countries will be sufficient to make you succeed in Nigeria also.

It is with stunning perplexity I hear about young Nigerians with very good jobs, some even already owning their own homes, selling off and going to start at the end of the queue in Canada or America! I still cannot understand what they really think they will get over there!

The fact is that you are probably more highly motivated to work when you are abroad than you would have been willing to work here in Nigeria. That is just my personal opinion!

Omotayo Fakinlede, studied Mechanical Engineering at University of Alberta

Harrison said, in his words…

As the saying goes, it is NOT always greener at the other side. With all the noise about Canada being the best place to settle and all of that, I was a bit disappointed with what we found.

As a family of 5, we were super excited at the prospect of a new beginning and a better life here in Canada. I along with my wife and 3kids decided to move to Canada after facing series of issues back home that was beyond our control.

We arrived in the middle of Feb of 2018 which was about one of the coldest time of the year, we wobbled our way through the bitter cold feeling bless to be among the lucky few to have made it to Canada in the mist of millions of Nigerians harbouring such dreams.

Within a month of our arrival in Toronto Canada, the harsh realities of life in Canada begins to dawn on us. The first thing that hit us was how expensive basic commodities are in comparison to the US. If you are on a minimum wage, there is no way you can afford a decent life or accommodation even if you and your wife are both working and unfortunately, those are the kinds of jobs that are readily available for new arrivals.

Rent is astronomically high and even if you can afford it, you still have to pray that the landlord picks you from maybe 5 or 6 applicants that are equally vying for same house. In the last three months we have applied and inspected over 8 properties and the landlord would say to you, I will call you and they never will.

So far we have been virtually living from hand to mouth, our basic salaries of $15 CAD per hour is not enough to see us through the month, we are still huddled up in our 1 bedroom basement apartment which is too small for us. Getting a 3 bedroom apartment is about $2,400 – $2,800 and based on our current salary combined we still cannot afford it.

What this simply means is that Canada currently have a housing crisis than they are willing to admit and if you are a family on a minimum wage, Toronto definitely is not for you. Dont even get me started with issues like internet data and how expensive it is or Car insurance that goes up the roof once you are a first timer.

Unlike Nigeria were you can receive calls for free once you have a SIM card, in Canada you must pay just to have the privileged of receiving calls.

We are currently thinking of moving to smaller towns around Ontario were the rent is sparingly cheaper, but with no job or maybe move entirely to a new region like Alberta where it is colder. Anyhow you look at it, the situation is dire and a bit hostile to new immigrants.

It is more tougher for my kids who have not seen anything called rest of mind since we embark on immigrating to Canada. Since we started this journey it has been movement from one place to another and it is nearly 2yrs and still we have not settled.

Many times I look back and regret why did i make this journey, but again, back home is not cozier either, especially with the horrible stories emanating from Nigeria just make you to reinforce your suffering and smiling spirit.

Bottom line, life is not bed and roses here in Canada, everyday is a struggle. But what I hope is that if you get the hustle right, there will come Calm after the Storm.

Harrison Iyere, lives in Toronto, ON (2018-present)

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Dare said, in his words

Great and full of opportunities if you move here legally. but it can be boring.

A snapshot of myself as an adopted(immigrant) son of Canada would mean getting a major provincial government scholarship in less 5 months of landing as immigrant. Getting such scholarship from Nigerian or its states government is almost impossible without ‘connection’. However, I still miss knowing almost all persons in my street in Lagos, the parties, family and friends.

So, just enter legally and keep your strong Nigerian hustling spirit. You are destined to succeed here as a Nigerian if you enter legally.

Jah bless!

Dare Adeyemi, Successful Immigrant through Express Entry

Tobi said, in his words…

Everything, from public transit to health care has a well-defined system. Having said that, I think it’s best to highlight a few points for you below:

#1. Climate

 The climate is completely different! If you know that you cannot survive in sometimes -40 degree Celsius weather (Edmonton, Alberta), then you might want to reconsider your options. You need to learn how to adapt quickly by with the aid of thermal wears and fleece-lined jackets.

#2. Social Life

 Depending n your personality, it might be very difficult for you to have a social life here. Make no mistake, Canadians are the most hospitable people on earth, but just like I said in the beginning, things here are very different.

Best way to keep up with your social life is by planning hiking trips, tours trips & dinner with your co-workers or classmates. Nightlife is also pretty much a thing here (most especially in the major cities).

#3. Culture

Diversity is highly encouraged here. This means that you will meet people from virtually every corner of the globe. Personally, I love that because you get to hear and share experiences with different people (and you might just get addicted to their food too!!!).

#4. Food

Getting Nigerian food here is overly expensive! My first trip to the African store cost me over $80 and I barely made away with 5 items. Have a meeting with your taste buds before leaving Nigeria…lol (PS: you might not “easily” find an African store except you are living in one of the Major cities).

Tobi Oyewumi is a Graduate Geoscientist, University of Alberta & Photographer. B.Sc. Geophysics, University of Lagos. Lives in Edmonton, AB Canada.


Maternal (not real name) said, in her words…

Was first in Ontario now Alberta. With Alberta having oil I found there were more jobs, and Alberta has one of the lowest taxes in the country. Sales tax is only 5 percent.

#Lived in a middle-class neighborhood. I have no complaints. Choosing a neighborhood depends on you personally, nobody can answer that. Mortgage plans depend on your credit score, the down payment you’ve made, etc. Again this is something personal that nobody can answer.

#It’s not hard to settle in a civilized/developed country. All schools are decent really.

#You can combine work and taking care of the kids, but it’ll be hard and you may not see the kids as much. Welcome to North America.

# Other than the cold which you’ll become climatize, there’s no real culture shock. Everyone from around the world lives here, and western culture is popular and not as foreign as other cultures. Plus you have enough Nigerians here to feel comfortable if you start feeling homesick.

# Just buy warm clothes. As for the cold weather, you have heaters literally everywhere you go. Plus we get a good 6 months of warm weather, so it’s not cold 12 months out of the year like stereotyped.

# A naija dish can go for 10-12 dollars a plate. Jelloff, stew, goat meat, and a can of coke for example.

#You can start any business you want as long as you follow rules/regulations

# How much someone can survive depends on that family. Again, this is a personal question.

Calgary is a good, clean, and progressive city. I find Alberta to be more progressive than other provinces. Choosing Calgary was a wise choice in my opinion. What made you pick Calgary? Welcome to Calgary.


Nobody (not real name) said, in his words…

I landed in Calgary, Alberta. I had a choice between Manitoba and Alberta. Friends in Manitoba and family in Alberta. I went the family route.

The school system…kids don’t really start school till age 4. You can put your child between 3-4 in a pre-school (not free)…3hrs per day of instructions, but it really helps communication skills. Once over 4, you can register them in schools free of charge if I remember. Schools registration are usually done through the board of education and schools are chosen based on where you live. Areas and schools are zoned.

If you making less than a certain amount…your child could get up to a certain amount per month as a benefit (this would help with toys, diapers, feeding etc…Not sure of d exact amount as it varies with income.

Yes, you can combine work and taking care of kids. Minders, nannies, daycare are available but pricey. For daycare, there could be waitlist at times. A lot of families live apart in Canada. Like husband working in Ontario while the family lives in BC. So it’s not much of a big deal if your husband is in Nigeria.

Culture shock could be encountered if you are fresh from naija. I mean your boss could be a gay or lesbian or atheist. A lot of Nigerians tend to be rude (not deliberate).e.g don’t tell people that they are fat or added weight except they ask for an honest opinion…lol.

 Telling someone that you are strong when you are ill is a concept not understood in developed countries… using words like half caste is derogatory, keep your religious beliefs to yourselves etc.

You would need to book appointments for many services…from barbing your hair to seeing a doctor. Women and kids are Kings here… This wasn’t a shock to me cause I had previously lived and worked in the UK.

You would need to invest in deodorants…These are not commonly used back home.

If you are a Christian. There are lots of churches including RCCG. Same for mosques, but they worship in soundproof halls.

Yes. Canada can get extremely cold. It’s called the great white north for a reason. It was -46c wind chill this morning in Regina while it was +4c in Iceland. There are sometimes extreme weather warnings in effect.

 There is one in effect at the moment in Regina. Usually put in place when the air gets colder than -35c. I am sure you read about the Ghanaian refugee claimant that would be losing his toes and fingers for crossing into Manitoba by foot around Christmas.

You would need to invest in good parka jackets, snow boots, head warmers and very thick gloves. The trick is to prevent any part of your body getting exposed. It starts getting warm in May and starts getting very cold in November. Some provinces are also warmer e.g. it’s currently -1c in Vancouver plus summers are very warm and awesome.

If you drive, try to get an original driver’s license. From Nigeria. A whole year could get discounted if you come with your license. Make sure its original except you are ready to pay fines that could be as high as 1000cad if you submit a fake one. I haven’t seen someone with a fake license that got verified successfully…They only got hefty fines.

Learn the road rules before you get on the wheels. Cops and cameras are everywhere. A Driver’s license is a privilege that could be withdrawn anytime.

If you buy a car, it would be a good idea to invest in block heaters so your car can stay plugged to the mains when it’s very cold. Cars don’t like extremely cold weather.

I don’t visit Nigerian restaurants. I haven’t seen one in Saskatchewan or Alberta. I am sure there are lots in Ontario. You can always get Nigerian food easily anyway from African or East Indian shops.

How much a family survives depends on your taste and lifestyle. It varies from family to family.

Nigerian lady shares the disadvantages of relocating to Canada-informationng.com, in her words

Dear All who are ‘hustling’ to go to Canada under the Federal Skilled Workers Program, I wish you well.

What you are never told is that all your qualifications, work experience and skills (for which you’ll be granted the visa) will amount to naught when the LACK OF CANADIAN WORK EXPERIENCE will force you to wait tables, beg to take hours at superstore and walk persons with….. special needs as a means of livelihood to pay unending bills and monthly house rent that is equivalent to what large families pay per annum back in Nigeria.

You are never told that as a Researcher/Lecturer, your résumé is as good as a high school leaver simply because… … you lack Canadian work experience and worst of all if you do not have Canadian education. We all know Research Methods in particular disciplines are universal but hey, welcome to CA. As an Engineer, you’ll need some type of upgrading…

The type that a Nigerian with tons of work experience went seeking at Bow Valley College, Calgary, Alberta, before he got stabbed to death by a supposed colleague who the system pronounced as mentally unstable, leaving behind children and a pregnant wife, early this year.

My friends in the abroad who were once CEOs, MDs, 800k NGN salary earners but sold their businesses, resigned their jobs to move to Canada as ‘Skilled Workers’ who now know and experience these things keep asking that one question, “what is there in Nigeria to go back to”?…… are actually right to ask because what really is there to be back to?

Don’t even let me start… It hurts. It hurts so badly. Not sure which hurts more; the tales of abundant job opportunities in Canada which drive hardworking Nigerian professionals to pack up & leave…only to go struggle for opportunities as described above with Refugees shipped from war-torn Sudan, Syria, Iran etc.

I’m not underrating Refugees, no please. I am saying, for ALL that Nigerians go through to get that visa that is given them based on their skill and… professional abilities, they deserve more than getting their passports stamped at the Airports (because we sure don’t go by road or water), getting their SIN/SSN and watched as we all get denied opportunities to put our skill to use which was the first reason for going.

I challenge you to show me one single person who found a job in Canada in their area of expertise within 3 months of arrival while painfully spending their savings (take note of unfavorable FX). Nigeria is tough but dear all, it is tougher living overseas without a proper job.

[The above from a Nigerian lady with the Twitter handle, Pamela O. (@pamelathepundit)].

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Ssemire, said, in his words…

Living in FortMc is relatively more expensive due to the fact that the wage is usually higher than the average. This because the oil sands is located in FortMc.

It is a lot easier and cheaper to cook at home as u can be sure that the time you get home is pretty predictable.

I landed at Calgary int’l airport and I didn’t take too long at the immigration desk.

You might have a difficult time spending money here initially because you will be converting to naira. Just breathe.

Don’t be afraid to do any form of legal job for starters. It might not be at par with your naija level, but trust me anything to get your Canadian experience. Please volunteer if you have to as it also counts as part of your experience.

Make use of YMCA or any other immigrant settling/serving org.


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Final Notes on Nigerians in Canada

Hoping this makes sense to you. Why? This is just the genesis, stay logged in as we bring you the best articles as far as relocation to Canada without burning your legs is concerned. When you need a place to start, this is it in detail.

So, what have we learned today?

  1. Joining other Nigerians in Canada via the Nigerian Canadian Association (NCA)
  2. Looking for Nigerian Expats in Toronto, Canada
  3. Nigerians Deported From Canada
  4. True Life Stories for Nigerians living in Canada?

To wrap it up, I would say, if you are planning to relocate to Canada, use the best route at all times and very soon, you will land in Canada.

Okay, that is it on Nigerians in Canada.

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