Immigrating To Canada From South Africa


Moving to Canada for many South Africans is a chance to find more work opportunities, lower crime statistics and a fresh start. While expenses are greater in Canada, the beauty of the outdoors, change in weather and difference in lifestyle are notable draw cards.

It is estimated that over 300 000 South Africans now live in Canada with most of these residents moving to areas of British Columbia.

How does life differ?


Cycling to work in Toronto

South Africans who are used to mild weather will need to adjust to a difference in hemisphere and climate. The temperatures in Canada can often drop below -10 degrees with warmer days reaching 22 degrees. Snow arrives in November and eases in April with certain warmer cities like Vancouver narrowly missing this weather on occasion.

Canada has one of the lowest crimes rates in the world, a factor that drives many people to leave South Africa.

Most residents walk or cycle to work while others use the extensive public transport system. The trains, buses and subways are modern and popular as a method of transportation. Affordable and preferable to buying a car, each province has its own system.

Health care differs in each province with most expenses being funded by the government.  In Ontario for example, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan has a three-month waiting period before resident immigrants can qualify for full coverage.

Living in Canada is relative to the increase in salary, however, South Africans will find that their expenses will increase in most areas. While you may pay R7000 rent per month for a 1-bedroom flat in the centre of the city in South Africa, you may spend double the amount in Canada for the same place.

Which city should I live in?

Most South Africans flock to areas of British Columbia with its mild weather conditions and surreal landscapes. The popular tourist location of Whistler is only an hour away from Vancouver with exciting winter sports all year round.

Although Vancouver is one of the most expensive cities in the world, it is also one of the cleanest and most livable cities with many opportunities for immigrants. Vancouver also has some of the best beaches in Canada, an attraction for South Africans who miss the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Ontario is often a popular choice for immigrants due to employment opportunities in some of the biggest international companies. The beautiful scenery and reasonable cost of living in the suburbs including North York, Markham and Richmond Hill mean that immigrants can live comfortably in areas with low crime rates.

Culture and religion.


Beach in Vancouver

As a multicultural society, Canada caters to many religions and cultures with many places of worship in each city. Whether you are Hindu, Christian or Islam, there are temples, churches and organizations dedicated to the various faiths.

What are my job prospects?

Speaking fluent English is imperative when making the move to Canada for work. Most industries operate in English or French and require skilled workers. Canadians are amongst the most educated in the world, meaning that immigrants often need professional experience in their CV to qualify.

Powerful business centres including Toronto attract financial and tech-savvy professionals, though the competition is tough to secure a job in these sectors. An abundance of natural resources in the area has also led to a profitable industrial sector.

South Africans in Canada.

Though South Africans have moved to a very different country, there are still many who celebrate their culture and heritage in various cities. These groups are connected via Facebook and on websites where fellow South Africans discuss their experiences and arrange meetings and events. South African celebrities and musicians visit Canada often, promoting their music and connecting with their international fans.

Useful Links:

Meetup in Calgary

South Africans in Ontario

South Africans in Vancouver


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7 Discussion to this post

  1. Melody says:

    I contacted its Canada time because i wanted to relocate to canada and make a better future for myself.

    .i payed them €2900 and my family and i worked so hard inorder to get that money only to find out that its canada time is fake! I contacted my agent Lucy Hale and asked her to prove that they are not fake ,i asked for the name and surname of the person who owns the company so that i could check if the company is registered with the ICCRC and she refused to give me that information instead she gave me someone else’s details . She gave me Janet Eberle’s details and when i checked Janet is a registered agent with her own company she does not by any chance work for its canada time so which means i was tricked and lied to because these people charged me €400 inorder to check if i qualifiy for a visa and they said i qualifiy for one but when i contacted the canadian Embassy it turns out i do not qualify for one ..

    I asked Lucy for a refund because she had not yet processed my papers or visa because i still had to pay €300 inorder for them to proceed and sort out my paper work. So i asked her to refund €2500 since she claims the €400 was for the lawyers .she told me the financial company will get hold of me within 48 hours until today i have not yet heard from them .and that was 3 weeks back.

    I want my money back ,these people were supposed to help me get a visa so that i can get a better future for myself but instead they just ruined my life and my future and sadly they cant see that . We worked so hard inorder to come up with this money . Can anyone tell me how to get my money back?

  2. Johan says:

    I want to move there permanently where do I apply or see what the requirements are?

  3. I want to study in Canada How do I apply or migration

  4. Mogan Moodley says:

    I have just signed a contract with R.Colin Singer. I dont find this firm under reputable law firms

  5. Rexford Awuku Mante says:

    Are West Africans eligible for immigration to Canada?

    • Canadian Visa Review says:

      Hi Rexford,

      Thank you for your query. West Africans are able to apply for a Canadian Visa as long as they have the necessary requirements for entry. These requirements include a good command of English and/or French and a few others depending on the visa they would like to apply for.
      Find out more about the different visas and their requirements to Canada on our blog:

      We hope you’ll find this information useful.


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