Moving to Canada

Canada moving, shipping and removals guide

Canada is actually closer to the UK than many people believe. The east coast of Canada, Nova Scotia, is actually only a five hour flight away. Also surprisingly, Canada has the fourth highest number of British expats in the world. Over 600,000 Brits live in Canada, only slightly less than in the whole of the USA, with thousands more emigrating and moving there every year.

Canada is one of Abels’ regular overseas destinations. Moving to Canada will involve personal effects and household goods being shipped to the country either by air or by sea. We have prepared some guidance on the various shipping options to Canada, to enable you to make the right choice.

We have also developed some general guidance on moving to Canada, and on moving pets to Canada.

Moving to Canada does involve specific arrangements and documentation so that your effects and household goods can be imported. Your customer services manager will thoroughly brief you, and assist in ensuring you meet all the requirements during your move.

Moving to Canada will initially involve our team expertly packing and export wrapping all your personal effects and household goods, using quality materials. Depending upon your chosen shipping method, these will then be loaded into a vehicle for consolidation into a container at our warehouse, loaded into a dedicated container for shipping direct, or packed into air freight pallets ready for shipping by air.

Whichever shipping method is used, your goods will be unaccompanied – we have prepared some general guidance on what you can and cannot include.

In Canada, our agent will then deliver your personal affects and household goods to your new home, and unpack them, taking away the wrapping and packing materials.  

Canada is the 9th largest economy in the world. With an area of some 9.9 million sq km it is the second largest country, but with a population of just 30 million, it makes it one of the most sparsely populated on the globe.

Canada’s culture is complicated with strong links to both the UK and France. The population is dominated by the English (20.2%), Scottish (14%) and Irish (12.9%), with Germans (9.3%) and Italians (4.3%) having strong contingents. Canada is a very progressive country and seeks active immigration. It is sparsely populated and has much to offer.

It has a culture and attitude to life which is unique in the world. It is one of the youngest countries, with a growing national pride and affluence which has made it the most popular expat destination not only for the UK but many other western countries.