👥 Population: 38 million
🌍 Region: North America
🗣 Languages: English, French
🚙 Drive on the: Right
💵 Currency: Canadian Dollar, CAD, C$
☎️ Calling Code: +1
Canada is a large country in North America bordering the USA. Almost half of the population were born overseas and it remains a country that is very immigrant friendly, with around 300,000 new residents arriving yearly. Although the official languages are English and French, only New Brunswick is officially bilingual and Quebec's official language is French.
🌎 Canada is the second largest country in the world.
🥜 Peanut butter was invented in Montreal.
🏆 There have been 15 Nobel Prize laureates in Canada.
Green: Visa-free access to Canada
Light green: Electronic Travel Authorization or visa required
Grey: Visa required
Depending on your country of origin you may stay in Canada visa free for up to 6 months. An Eletronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is mandatory for all visa-exempt nationals.
If you require a visit visa, they are valid for up to 6 months. You must show proof that you’re able to support yourself financially.
Canada has a points based immigration system in which there are legal pathways to permanent residency through work, investment, or business. This guide is for people already working remotely, either for an employer or themselves, so the work based permanent visas won’t be covered here.
Canada has a visa specifically designed to attract startups called the "Start-up Visa Program". We've covered the details of it in our resource for Startup visas around the world, which you can access here.
To avoid confusion with US dollar, C$ will be used meaning Canadian dollar.
There is no limit to the amount of cash you take into Canada but you do have to declare anything over C$10,000. Make sure to find out whether you need to tell your bank of your travels as many, as a security feature, will freeze your account.
You can withdraw cash at any ATM in Canada by using your local bank card. Bear in mind that these often have high fees and your bank may also charge you.
Consider opening an e-money/digital money account such as Wise or Revolut as you can save a considerable amount in withdrawal, conversion and transfer fees.
You can pay with your credit or debit card in most establishments. VISA or MasterCard are accepted everywhere that accepts card payments. Even though American Express and Diners Club are accepted widely, they will most likely not be accepted by small businesses such as restaurants, corner shops etc.
There are 3 main mobile network providers:
PC Mobile operates on the Bell network and is recommended for most people, since they offer better packages. You can get a PC Mobile SIM in stores around Canada. Use the store locator to find one. Take your passport with you as identification to get your SIM.
As of July 2021, 6GB of data will cost you C$50 per month.