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 Coming to Canada. Immigration?
viralis  [Member]
9/24/2008 2:54:39 PM
Okay so the plan in is, in one year I'll be coming to apply for immigration/permanent resident status in Canada, and I was wondering if anyone here could help me understand a few things. What, to you, does the difficulty of finding a job for a an ex British citizen look like it will be? I'll have a degree in music, so I guess i'd want to do something there, but to be fair I actually dream of being a Police Officer, being ex British army.

Is there anything important I should know before moving in general? (here come the jokes!)

Cheers guys.
nosce_te_ipsum  [Member]
9/24/2008 9:01:31 PM
There is a fair need for law enforcement personnel in most area's in Canada, including the RCMP. The caveat being they typically require you to be a Canadian citizen first and foremost. If this is truly your end goal, you may need to wait until you gain citizenship before pursuing this as a creeer.

If you have a teaching background, you could potentially get a job teaching music in the public school system. Teachers are in demand, and their pension plans are very, very good.

What else you looking to know?
viralis  [Member]
9/25/2008 7:53:59 AM
that answered alot of my questions to be fair! I was thinking about the teaching route first and foremost anyway, sounds like I could help you guys out - it seems there aren't a lot of teachers available. Being a Canadian is the ultimate goal, I know I'm British, but I feel disjointed and sick with the government and weak action and gutless ways of most of the 'general' public. There are a few exceptions, mostly found in gun folk to be honest. Once I arrive in Canada with 'permanent residence' status, what are the rules on driving licenses (providing I have a British one) and buying fireamrs?

Also, I see a musician is classified as a 'Skill Level A Professional Occupation' and would get me into Canada alone?

Thanks again, Shane
nosce_te_ipsum  [Member]
9/25/2008 8:30:26 AM
Cannot speak to all provinces, but I think with a valid UK license you should be good to go, as long as you pass the written test on road signs, and the vision requirement. More info found here;

http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/exchange.htm

Owning firearms in Canada requires that a) the person be licensed b) all firearms purchased be licensed. The license is also required to purchase ammo. For the individual there are three classes of licenses; Non Restricted (think shotguns and long guns), Restricted (think handguns, and evil type rifles (AR's included), and Prohibited (short barrelled handguns, AK's, full auto's....all the cool stuff basically).

For Non Restricted and Restricted you just need to take a course, pass, and pass a background check. Prohib's you must be grandfathered for, or no such luck acquiring.

Non restricted's can be used with a lot more freedom, i.e. hunting, plinking and the like. Restricted firearms can only be shot at an approved firing range, so basically requires access to a club. You must also have permits to transport firearms (as in to the club, tournaments, etc.).

There is no CCW for the general public. There is a permit called an Authorization to Carry, but this is highly restricted, and is generally only given out to Judges, and highly placed friends with government connections.

The whole process of registering and licensing is now controlled by the RCMP. For more info take a look at the Canadian Firearms Center Website;

http://www.cfc-cafc.gc.ca/info_for-renseignement/Licensing/default_e.asp

Let me know if you need more info. Cheers,

Steve
2_of_5  [Team Member]
3/7/2009 9:21:47 PM
NVM. Found the answer.
Dan_Gray  [Team Member]
3/21/2009 1:08:38 AM
Sorda on topic, what about just coming to visit? My girlfriend lives in Ontario. What do I need at the border? I know I obviously can't bring guns, what about knives? I usually keep a small gerber folder on me. Anything else I need to know?
zum97  [Member]
3/21/2009 3:49:27 PM
Originally Posted By Dan_Gray:
Sorda on topic, what about just coming to visit? My girlfriend lives in Ontario. What do I need at the border? I know I obviously can't bring guns, what about knives? I usually keep a small gerber folder on me. Anything else I need to know?


carrying a knife in Canada is fully legal, provided you are carrying it as a utility knife or a work knife,

you CANNOT carry a knife for defensive reasons. they way the law is written it is all about intent, if you intend to use the knife for defense it is illegal.

that being said I really do not know what he Border guys will say about it, hopefully somebody else can clarify that.
TheCanuck  [Team Member]
3/22/2009 1:46:56 AM
Originally Posted By Dan_Gray:
Sorda on topic, what about just coming to visit? My girlfriend lives in Ontario. What do I need at the border? I know I obviously can't bring guns, what about knives? I usually keep a small gerber folder on me. Anything else I need to know?


Provided your small folder doesnt have an assisted opening mechanism, you'll be fine. I carry a Kershaw on me all the time. Bring your passport.


Viralis; you can look up the tacked thread at the top of this forum explaining gun laws. I put a few links in that you can follow which will explain in greater details some areas of the law.
Striker  [Site Staff]
3/22/2009 2:54:52 PM

Originally Posted By Dan_Gray:
Sorda on topic, what about just coming to visit? My girlfriend lives in Ontario. What do I need at the border? I know I obviously can't bring guns, what about knives? I usually keep a small gerber folder on me. Anything else I need to know?

I've crossed the border both ways with a folder on my person with no problem.