Expat Canada News

Latest 10 news items tagged Canada

18 Feb at 6 PM 2020

How does the Brexit transition period affect the QROPS overseas transfer tax?

Britons planning to emigrate and use an offshore QROPs transfer for their retirement savings could be forgiven for feeling confused. The prospect of Brexit has made expat retirement a far more complicated process than previously, especially where financial matters are concerned. However, until the end of the transition period on December 31 this year, there’s no reason to fear the hefty QROPS overseas transfer tax. The confusing nature of the charge itself is another issue, but is basically straightforward in that 25 per cent of the...
17 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Qualified expats in Kuwait confused by mixed governmental messages

Older expats in Kuwait are confused over governmental mixed messages. In yet another attempt to hit out at the emirate’s demographic imbalance, Kuwait’s recent cancellation of older private sector expat employees’ work permit renewals wasn’t a popular move. The new rule affected expats over the age of 60, and didn’t involve those with university degrees such as engineers, medical professionals, legal consultants, partners in private companies and specialists in a variety of sectors. In addition, the age limit was brought in...
14 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Saudi see changes over decades as positive

Saudi Arabia is now a favourite destination for expatriate professionals, but how much has changed over the many decades since oil was first extracted? The first expatriates to arrive in the Kingdom during the 1930s were USA oil workers employed by energy giant Aramco, sent to assist the country in managing its newly-discovered oilfields. The majority stayed in the kingdom, forming its first long-term expat community and bringing up their families in the then unfamiliar location. Decades later, USA expatriates as well as many from...
5 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Brits in China rage at UK Foreign Office message about leaving

Expat fury in China is growing fast as the UK government tells them they’re on their own as regards leaving. Britain’s poor reputation for helping its citizens in emergencies is now at its lowest level ever as the Foreign Office tells UK expats still in the Chinese city of Wuhan they’ll have to make their own arrangements should they wish to leave. At the same time, the Foreign Secretary is urging the estimated 30,000 Britons still in the stricken country to get up and go, and a ban on travellers to China is now being...
4 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Petition over French citizenship refusal attracts tens of thousands of signatures

British expats in their tens of thousands have signed a petition after a popular Brit was refused French citizenship. Mark Lawrence has lived and worked in France as a carpenter for 27 years and serves on his home town’s local council as well as being fluent in French and supporting his four children. The news he’d been refused French citizenship was a shock to the expat father and caused anger across the entire British expat community in the popular country. Once the story reached English language expat news, a petition...
3 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Numbers of Brits in Europe see significant decline

The number of British expatriates living in Europe has fallen to an all time low. According to a report from the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions, the total numbers of British expat pensioners living in European Union member states have fallen to the lowest level in the past five years. For the past several decades, Europe has been the number one destination for British retirees looking for a warm, affordable location offering a better quality of life than that in the UK. Spain was the all-time favourite, with as many as...
29 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Coronavirus bad news gets worse for expats still trapped in Wuhan

Expats in the many countries now listing coronavirus infections are fearful the outbreak may last as long as another six months. It’s not just expats living and working in Wuhan who’re afraid they may catch the newly-identified Chinese virus, as many other popular expatriate destinations are now listing increasing numbers of cases. Scientific research results are now suggesting the fast-spreading infection may last until summer and are predicting the numbers of those infected may top out at over a million. One expert at...
28 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expat dog owners forced to clear up mess or face massive fines

A recent crackdown on expat dog walkies in Spain sounds just like Britain. The high level of fines recently imposed by Los Montesinos municipality on dog owners who allow their pets to urinate and defecate in parks and on pavements has caused expat shock and horror as well as approval in the popular town. Those not collecting faeces or leaving urination on pavements, street furniture and facades will be fined as much as €750, and the municipality will be conducting a public awareness campaign to ensure everyone gets the unwelcome...
28 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expat couple trapped in Wuhan arrange their own funerals

As China’s coronavirus speeds up its spread, British expats are making funeral plans just in case. British expats still trapped in Wuhan are taking the threat of the raging virus seriously enough to plan their own funerals. One Canadian teacher at the city’s Weiming International High School fears the local government is making light of the crisis rather than giving out accurate information enabling those still resident to make the right decisions. Wayne Duplessis, his wife Emily, their 15-year old son Wyatt and their son...
22 Jan at 6 PM 2020

British expat owner of the Brexit Pub won’t change the name

The British expat owner of the Brexit pub in Canada’s British Columbia state won’t be changing its name any time soon! Even although Brexit is now imminent, the pub's British owner Martyn Lewis has no plans to change its name as he feels it’s poking fun at British stereotypes. The somewhat controversial theme of the pub wasn’t exactly well-received by Penticton’s expat community when he first opened, but they soon changed their minds once they saw the humour behind the name. Now that Brexit is halfway to some kind of a done...