Moving to Canada from the UK
Your Guide for the Great White North

Are you moving to Canada to enjoy a life of Tim Hortons, cold winters, and a booming job market? There are many things to enjoy about a life in the Great White North, but first you need to get there. That’s why we at Sirelo put together this awesome guide on removals to Canada from the UK. So, read on for moving costs, checklist, and more. Since we want to help make your move to Canada easy as possible, we even have free removal quotes! Soon, you’ll be happily on you way over to the Great White North, thanks to Sirelo.

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How Much Does it Cost of Move to Canada from the UK

Like most people, the cost of removals to Canada is likely something that comes to mind. However, the average cost of moving to Canada from the UK is difficult to determine, as the distance can vary greatly. But you can expect to pay between £4,900-£7,600 for an average 3-bed house.

Of course, distance isn’t the only factor that will decide the cost of removals to Canada. So, for a detailed breakdown that will help you save money, read our international removal costs page!

The table below shows estimations of the average cost of moving from London to Toronto, Canada, depending on household size:

Household SizeTimeCost
1 bed flat9-12 days£2,500-£4,000
3 bed house9-12 days£5,500-£7,000
5 bed house9-12 days£8,000-£10,000

Disclaimer. The rates shown above are just estimates. Costs will vary depending on your actual point of departure and service rates of the company.

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It’s hard to complete international removals to Canada from the UK without an experienced removal company! However, it can be even hard to find a company to help with removals to Canada without spending hours on the phone!

If you want to make the process of finding a removal company as easy as possible, just click below and get free removals quotes today to start your move to the land of Canucks!

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Getting a Visa for Canada

As a UK citizen moving to Canada, you’ll need a visa. This can come in different forms, depending on the reason you’re moving to Canada. Most likely you’ll likely want to work while in Great White North, and therefore you’ll need to apply for a work permit. You can also view other avenues to Canada here.

⚠️ Be aware: sort out your visa before planning any removals to Canada, your belongings won’t be able to enter the country without being accompanied by a copy of your visa!

Do You Want to Know More About Visa in Canada?
Visa applications can be a complicated process, so we put together a short guide on Canadian visas. Since a visa doesn’t need to be a hassle to apply for!
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How to Move to Canada: A Checklist

We know that moving to a new country, let alone a new continent, can be daunting. Therefore, to help you with your international removal from the UK to Canada, we’ve curated a moving checklist, to make your move easy, since we know how hard it can be!

Important Documents

It can be easy to forget how important these documents are, but you’ll need them to apply for your visa, healthcare card, tax, and jobs. We recommend you keep them safe, accessible, and even make duplicates! They can be expensive and take time to replace, trust us.

  • Passport
  • Visa and Work Permits
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Medical Documentation (including dental and immunizations)
  • University Degree(s)
  • Police Background Check

Organise an International Removal Company

If there’s one thing you should definitely do early, it’s find a removal company. With an international removal to Canada, there’s a lot to organise and it’s best to have someone with experience in moving household goods to Canada, trust us. So, in your quest for the best check out the top UK international removal companies.


Read our expert packing guide for special tips to optimise your move. Be ruthless with your selections, especially with furniture removals to Canada. Let’s be honest, you do not need the broken table that you have been meaning to fix for a decade or the lamp that has been collecting dust in the cupboard.

✔️ Healthcare

The Canadian equivalent to the NHS is Medicare, which similarly uses funds from the government to give affordable healthcare to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

To enjoy the benefits of the Canadian healthcare system, you should apply for a national healthcare card upon arrival. Make sure you are privately insured in the meantime since you may have to wait up to three months to receive it!

However, as it’s possible to see long waiting times when seeking medical help through Medicare it might be an idea to keep your health insurance plan to access private healthcare options if you, like most of us, can’t stand long queues!


You must inform HMRC when you move abroad. After moving to Canada, you need to apply for a social insurance number through the Canadian government as it’s necessary to work and pay taxes.

Of course, that’s not all there is to taxes. And if you want to be more informed (who doesn’t?), then read our page on taxes in Canada to find out more.

✔️ Banking

When you arrive, it is advised that you open a Canadian bank account as soon as possible. All of the ‘Big Five’ Canadian banks listed below cater to newcomers, so do some research as to which bank best suits your circumstances:

Fun Fact: Canada has been using polymer banknotes since 2012.

✔️ Pets

We know how important furry friends are. To make sure you don’t have to leave them behind, take note. When moving to Canada from the UK with a cat or dog you need:

  • Valid Rabies Vaccination Certificate
  • Veterinary Certificate

To learn more about the specific criteria for other pets, check out the Canadian Government’s page on import requirements.

✔️ Import Your Car to Canada

In general, cars sold in countries other than the United States and Mexico cannot be imported to Canada, so it’s unlike you’ll be able to bring your car. There are some exceptions which are listed below:  

  • It is 15 years or older (a real golden oldie!)
  • The vehicle is a bus manufactured before January 1, 1971
  • The car is non-regulated
  • The vehicle is bought new from the manufacturer and meets all Canadian standards, the manufacturer must provide proof to the Canadian government

Fun fact: in Nunavut in northern Canada, licence plates are shaped like polar bears!

✔️ Driving License

When you arrive in Canada, you can use your UK driver’s license for the first couple of weeks, but you’ll need to exchange it for a regional license to keep driving. Fortunately, it’s very easy to do when you’re from the UK. It varies by province, but common things you need are:

  • Required ID
  • Your current driver’s licence
  • Fee for your licence
  • Proof of driving experience
  • Proof of Residency

For more information check out the Canadian government’s page on driving.

If you want an even more thorough checklist, go check out our moving abroad checklist. What’s better than having one checklist? Having two!

The Toronto skyline with its iconic TV tower

Life in the Great White North

So far, we’ve mainly focused on the process and costs of removals to Canada, but what about once you’ve arrived? Well, we’ve some post moving to Canada advice for you!

While you read, why not jam out to the Canadian national anthem? A great way to start embracing your inner Canadian.

Listen to our Spotify playlist
and get ready to move!

Listen to our Spotify playlist
and get ready to move!

The Cost of Living in Canada

While our priority is to ensure that we help you keep your cost of moving to Canada from the UK down, we also recognise that you might have anxieties about expenses once you arrive. Like any other country, the cost of living in Canada depends on multiple factors, such as location, and lifestyle.

However, here is a list of the common cost of living metrics, with a comparison between Canada and the UK, so you know what to expect from your new home (and can avoid being ripped off!) For the sake of comparison, all prices are written in GBP.

Rent for 1 bed apartment in city centre£771£758
Basic monthly utilities for 85m2 apartment£91.80£155.87
1L of milk£1.45£0.91
0.5L draught beer£3.46£3.63
1L of gasoline£0.66£1.27

Want to Work in Canada?

Canada has a robust and competitive job market, which can make finding a job difficult but well worth it. You’ll likely need a job to get a visa, so the sooner you start searching the better!

Key Industries

So, knowing the key industries will help you narrow your search and see where it’ll be best for you to find a job. The key industry will change by region, but the key industries across Canada are:

  • Agriculture
  • Technology
  • Services
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing

Job Search

Nevertheless, it can be hard to find jobs somewhere that is so far away from the UK. We have therefore provided you with a list of job search websites below:

Ready for Your Move to Canada?

We’re sure our great advice on removals to Canada and how to move to Canada has made you an expert on the whole process, so soon you’ll be a toque wearing canuck!

If you’re hungry for more knowledge on moving, don’t hesitate to continue reading to prepare for your move with the help of the articles we have linked for you below.

One last piece of advice about moving to Canada from the UK: wrap up warm! The coldest temperature ever recorded was in Canada: -63°C is definitely not bikini weather.