Expat Canada News

Latest 10 news items tagged Canada

23 Sep at 6 PM 2016

How to avoid expensive mistakes when buying Spanish property

For decades, Spain has been the top choice for British expats looking for second homes or retirement villas, but ‘look before you leap’ is still the best advice. Spain’s sunshine, friendly people, great food, fascinating history and culture and ready-made expat communities have been attracting the British since the early days of cheap flights. However, buying a Spanish property can be fraught with risks such as dodgy developers, unstable property prices and even off-plan purchases of condos which are never built. That said,...
20 Sep at 6 PM 2016

US expat activists hoping expat voters will tip the election

As polls continue to predict a tight finish for the US presidential election, activists on both sides believe expat voters can make all the difference. Expat Americans living overseas are a massive, mostly untapped reservoir of voters numbering in their millions, the majority of whom rarely, if ever, bother to vote. Activists from both the Democrat and Republican camps are beginning to believe organising the expat vote may be the key to the final result. Over eight million US citizens are domiciled overseas, with a large number...
20 Sep at 6 PM 2016

91 year old UK pensioner in Canada fights for pension indexing

One of the 150,000 British state pensioners living as expats in Canada is carrying on her fight to have frozen pensions outlawed. Anne Puckridge served her country during the Second World War, receiving two medals for her exceptional contribution to the war effort, but is now living on a knife edge due to the British government’s refusal to end the frozen pensions scandal. Now 91 years old, this feisty lady says she is now fighting a government which continues to disallow her cost of living increases. Decades of diplomatic...
16 Sep at 6 PM 2016

UK expats wanting snow as well as sun should head for Canada

For UK would-be expats with post-Brexit worries about settling in EU states, Canada is the perfect answer, especially if snow as well as sun is a requirement. The vast expanses of Canada are no strangers to Britons, as the first UK citizens arrived in the 15th century and have been arriving ever since. Nowadays, ultra-modern cities nestle amongst some of the world’s most dramatic scenery, making the country the perfect place for those looking for an outdoor lifestyle year-round. Canada is a country of contrasts, with Vancouver...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Reasons for the ongoing expat love affair with VPNs

Wherever expats live nowadays, a reliable internet service is high on the list of must-haves, both for financial, social and business reasons, but a number of countries are now imposing restrictions on its use. During the past several decades it’s been almost impossible to live life without an internet connection, whether in your home country or an adopted country halfway across the world. Expats rely on online surfing for information, smartphones for contacting friends and family back home and, most importantly, for banking and...
8 Sep at 6 PM 2016

How to enjoy expat life by working fewer hours

Expat lifestyle surveys aren’t just about how much money is earned, where’s the surest destination for fast career advancement and what’s best for families, they’re also about spending as little time as possible in the office. Expat networking website InterNations’ latest survey is hitting the headlines by identifying the top relocation destinations for those wanting to work as few hours as is possible. Spending as little time as possible in the office allows more time to be spent enjoying your new country, even although the...
5 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats offered Brexpats Spanish Nationality Course

A joint effort by the Costal del Sol’s Parnell Academy and the support group Brexpats in Spain has resulted in a course aimed at British expats wishing to become Spanish nationals. The Brexpats’ Spanish Nationality Course, due to start next week, is being held at Mijas’s Parnell Academy and aims to teach a command of Spanish as well as wide-ranging knowledge of the country’s culture, history, customs, politics and sports. The subjects taught will fulfil the requirements of the Spanish citizenship examination. In its...
2 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Spain buyers market tempts expats but care should be taken

Spain is back in the headlines again as a tempting property investment as well as a great place to retire, but care still needs to be taken when purchasing a home. Over the past decade, many enthusiastic buyers who didn’t check the facts were left without homes due to unscrupulous developers and dodgy local authorities. Now that the law has changed and most will be getting recompense, the Mediterranean hotspot is increasingly popular with would-be expats. The basics of buying whilst protecting your investment are relatively...
26 Aug at 6 PM 2016

What to expect from the Thailand expat community

Whatever the reasons for leaving one’s country of birth to become a stranger in a strange land, the reasons behind choosing one special country must include the chance to make new friends. Contrary to popular misconceptions, expats aren’t the same the world over. Fitting in isn’t as simple as behaving like a missing jigsaw puzzle piece, due to the fact that different destinations attract different types of expat, all of whom are searching for a place to belong according to their own preferences. For decades, Thailand has...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Expat private healthcare costs soaring beyond affordable levels

Insurers offering private healthcare policies are sitting pretty as regards revenue, whilst expats living overseas are struggling to find funds for the swingeing annual increases imposed. As with just about everything else in the 21st century, the cost of private healthcare has more to do with profits than with service. Providing a safety net for unexpected illnesses or accidents is especially important for expats, many of whom are retired and don’t have a relocation package covering the ever-rising costs of private heathcare....