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Moving from Canada to Spain

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Canadians planning to move overseas often base their decision on many factors, one of which is the climate. Spain has both the familiar European culture and the Mediterranean breeze coveted by many, making it the ideal place for those who want to trade six months of winter for palm trees and the seaside.

Moving from Canada to Spain can be justified for many reasons. Whether you are searching for a job opportunity or simply desire to purchase a house for your retirement, you must fully understand the benefits of the relocation.

Hercules Moving Company compared some of the major aspects to consider when moving from Canada to Spain so it is easier for you to decide.

Canada vs. Spain

Indeed there seem to be no similarities between the two. Canada in size is equivalent to 864 Spains put together, but GDP per capita in Spain is 40% higher than in Canada. We have put Canada and Spain side by side in 6 major topics to help you identify which country fits your future plans best and whether you need to move from Canada to Spain.

Canada
Spain
Geography and Climate
Ethnicity, Religion and Language
Lifestyle and mentality
Education System
Cost of Living
Immigration System

With over 9.98 million square meters, Canada takes honourable second place after Russia in the world’s top largest countries chart. The state is divided into 10 provinces and 3 territories located in the north. The only land-bordering country is the United States. The capital city is Ottawa.

Most of Canada is temperate, fairly mild, and subarctic in the north. Average temperatures in January range from -35 C in the north of the country to +4 C in the south of the Pacific coast. Average temperatures in July are about +21 C in the south of the country and from -4 C to +4 C on the islands of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

Not surprisingly, Canada has an extremely diverse population consisting of nationalities from all over the world. Currently, the population of Canada is 38.4 million and only about 32% identify themselves as Canadians and about 4.9% are indigenous people. Most acknowledge multiple ancestries, however, the other largest self-reported origins are English, Scottish, French, Irish, German, Chinese, Italian, Indian, and Ukrainian.

Most Canadians are Christian: about 54% are Catholics, 42% are Protestants, and 3% are Orthodox. There are also many people of other faiths such as Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhism, etc. The two official languages used are English and French.

In Canada, you can choose to live a peaceful lifestyle outside of the busy city centers or live in the midst of concrete jungles like downtown Toronto. A regular day of a Canadian would start with a cup of a Tim Horton’s coffee followed by some pancakes topped with maple syrup.

Canadians, generally, are an exceptionally polite, easy-going, and accommodating nation. Canada is an extremely multicultural country allowing all the newcomers to find their special spot. The enormous size of the country allows residents to travel and explore the most majestic natural heritage of the state making Canadians outdoorsy and nature friendly.

The Canadian education system is among the best in the world. It is known for its well-structured elementary to post-secondary education that is accessible to all Canadian citizens and PR holders. Public education up to a high school is mandatory and free of cost for domestic students.

Canada has some of the best universities in the world like the University of Toronto, the University of British Colombia, McGill University, McMaster University, and many more. Both domestic and International students must pay tuition fees, however, the price difference is quite noticeable.

Although Canadian salary is considered to be relatively high, the living cost is also above the world’s average due to high rent prices in large cities. A single person living in Canada would spend about 1,200 CAD dollars per month (excluding rent). A family of 4 would spend on average 4,400 CAD dollars per month (excluding rent).

Rent in Canada is one of the biggest expenses when living in large cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, or Ottawa. The average monthly rental price for a one-bed apartment is 1,400 - 1,600 CAD dollars, while a three-bedroom apartment would cost around 2,300 - 2,700 CAD dollars.

Canada has a very finely structured immigration system. It is quite simple to immigrate to Canada if you are a skilled professional, a business owner or one of your family members already holds a Canadian PR card or Canadian Passport.

Before applying you need to choose one of the immigration programs that would fit your needs best and either apply yourself or hire an agent who will assist you in filling up all the required documents. Once you collect enough points and receive your PR card, you must stay in Canada for the next 3 years and pass the citizenship test to gain a Canadian passport.

Geography and Climate
Ethnicity, Religion and Language
Lifestyle and mentality
Education System
Cost of Living
Immigration System

Spain is the largest country in the European Union, with an area of 505,992 km2. The territory is divided into 17 autonomous regions, which are divided into 50 provinces. It borders France and Andorra to the north, Portugal to the west, and Gibraltar to the south. The capital city is Madrid.

Northern areas are in rather peculiar conditions - the winter is mild +8°C to +14°C and quite wet, and summer is moderately warm +21°C to +26°C. In the central part of Spain, winter is dry and rather cool -4 ° C to +8 ° C, and summer is hot and dry (up to +30°C). The east coast of the country is in the subtropical Mediterranean climate. It has dry, hot summers and mild winters.

The current population of Spain is about 47.35 million people. The biggest ethnic groups are Spanish: Castilians, Catalans, Basques, Galicians, and Valencians, together making up about 87%. Other minor groups living in Spain are Romanians, Moroccans, Ecuadorians, Colombians, British, Germans, and others.

About 80% of Spain's population is Catholic, although, only about 40% of locals attend services regularly. However, the church does have an enormous influence on all areas of Spanish society, and the priests enjoy unquestionable authority. The state language is Spanish.

Life in Spain is unusually tranquil and peaceful as the locals do not rush anywhere. It is also quite social: here they value warm human relations, pleasant light conversations, and friendly get-togethers more than career successes. According to some visitors, Spaniards communicate with everyone equally, regardless of social status or the time spent in Spain.

Spaniards are a friendly, hard-working, and optimistic nation. Smiling, helping, or just calling you a 'queen' or a 'ray of sunshine' are standards of behaviour for them. You will feel most welcome in their company and always well-fed.

Getting an education in Spain will be especially pleasant when you can combine it with great getaway trips during holidays. Education in Spain is supported by the national government and regional authorities providing free primary and secondary education for citizens’ children.

Higher education in Spain is free for domestic students in public universities. International students are required to pay fees that range from 700 to 4,000 euros per year, which is still relatively affordable. The most popular programs in Spain are architecture, art, finance, business, and tourism. The University of Barcelona is the first university in Spain and 182nd in the worldwide rank.

When moving from Canada to Spain, consumer expenses including rent would drop by about 28% if comparing cities like Toronto and Barcelona. A single person living in Barcelona would spend an average of 750 euros per month (excluding rent). A family of 4 moving from Canada to Spain would spend around 2,650 euros per month (excluding rent).

If you wish to rent an apartment in a large city like Madrid or Barcelona, get ready to pay 800 to 1,100 euros for a one-bedroom apartment and 1,300 to 1,800 for a three-bedroom apartment per month. Depending on the apartment/house size and season, utilities would range from 70 to 250 euros per month.

When moving to Spain from Canada, you must think through the right legal way to immigrate to the country. Similarly to other European states, if you are a non-EU citizen, you would require to apply for a residence card, Spanish visa, or work permit to legally enter the country.

Any Canadian planning to move from Canada to Spain for longer than 90 days must apply for an appropriate visa type through a Spanish embassy. Some of the most popular visas are the Spanish golden visa, study visa, work visa, and non-lucrative residence visa. Unless you marry a Spanish citizen, the process of receiving a Spanish passport could take a minimum of 8 to 10 years.

Immigration to Spain as a Canadian Citizen

Moving to Spain from Canada is easy, considering you are a Canadian citizen. If you are planning to move to Spain permanently, here is a checklist to follow:

  1. Choose the best program for your needs, opportunities, risks, and plans.
  2. Choose a specific city or region, internships, private children's schools, courses, and housing.
  3. Get NIE (foreigner identification number), register a residence permit, and register a bank account.
  4. Hire a moving company before moving from Canada to Spain for permanent residence to make the moving process stress free.
  5. Visit Moving to Spain to learn about custom regulations in Spain.
  6. Read All You Need to Know Before Moving to Spain to learn about custom regulations in Spain.

Moving from Spain to Canada

Although we beauty of Spanish resorts and the kindness of locals are attractive bonuses that you get by living in Spain, thousands of Spaniards choose to move to Canada for multiple reasons.

Canada is filled with learning resources and work opportunities. Due to low market competition, it is relatively easy for anyone with a good business idea to succeed. Life in Canada is expensive, however, it is compensated by high salaries and standards of living across the country.

Moving to Canada from Spain is a way for you to either start from scratch or continue your legacy by first passing through a moderately simple immigration system. Once you have picked a suitable immigration path and collected all the necessary documents, apply for a Canadian visa or a PR card (accessible for skilled workers and industry professionals).

Why Choose

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Insurance
Besides the standard coverage we do provide the Replacement Value Protection plan for our clients. The charge is dependant on the value of the items to be moved. Hercules Moving Company is 100% Bonded & Insured.
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Assembly Disassembly
We know how hefty and hard could be the moving day, and dismantling and assembling the furniture not the pleasant things to do when you are tired. We have you covered, and can put all furniture together quick & with no damage.
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Dedicated Coordinator
When you become our client, you become part of our family! Every client assigned a moving concierge, anything you need from charges explanation to organizing the supplies delivery or debris removal, just inquire your moving coordinator.
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Packing Materials
Every single move includes the protection via Heavy Duty Moving Blankets & Stretch Wrap. However, we also carry great variety of materials, virtually for any piece of furniture. We also offer custom crating/packaging solution.
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Free On-Site Estimate
We understand that you might not have time, or your property is too large for the phone conversation. We provide both Physical & Virtual on-site estimates, for your convenience.
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Upfront & Transparent
We tend to provide as much accurate estimates as possible. At the same time we will inform you on potential charges that might happened in certain situations. If you have a question, just give us a call at (844) 462-6683.
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Packing Options

Based on our customers needs we have created 3 Packing Packages you can choose from, it is also fine if you pack yourself.
$14 - $300
Selected Items Packing
Great for people who want to pack themselves, however wish not to risk for valuables
  • Flat Screen TVs
  • Art / Statues
  • Antique Furniture
  • High Value Items
from $500
Full Packing
Get an all-inclusive service, you wouldn’t even dream about doing something
  • Kitchen Packing
  • Closets Packing
  • Knick-Knacks Packing
  • Packing of Everything Else
$300 - $900
Fragile-only Packing
Great for people with a lot of crockery, glass cabinets or just fragile items
  • Glass/Fragile Furniture Packing
  • Extra Fragile Items Crating
  • Pictures Packing
  • Kitchen Packing
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How We Work

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Crating & Taxidermy
Fragile Packing
Furniture Handling
Furniture Protection

Hercules goes the extra mile to ensure that all of your most valuable art is protected. Expert wrapping and packaging methods start the highest quality moving & packing materials. Our mover training program ensures that every team has an expert who can safely pack any item so it arrives in the same condition it left.

Hercules can build custom measured crates and containers to meet your specific long distance shipping needs. If you are moving, and have a taxidermy collection, the experts at HMC can help. Our crateless system is effective for securing any type or size of trophy.

To avoid damage to fragile items during a long-distance move to your new residence, office or storage unit Hercules will use all the right materials and implement the proper packing techniques for maximum protection.

With the right training and proper equipment, your furniture will be handled safely in any situation.

Not all furniture is the same size. Hercules uses various materials to prepare furniture for moving: moving blankets, cardboard, bubble wrap, or alligator wrap. HMC movers and packers will pack your furniture the right way.

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What Clients say About Us

Gentle Giant

We initially hire Hercules to move our piano, but after our bad experience with our previous mover we hire them for our 2nd move with our entire household content. They were efficient, helpful and most importantly stronger than over mover. They blanketed old furniture and disassembled and reassembled the furniture back in place. They were accommodating and had stair mats and cover on the floor so that we didn't have to do major clean up after the move. We really appreciated their patience in positioning our grand piano into the exact angle we needed in the room. I will recommend them. My elderly mother also hired them and they took care of her move as well. She really appreciated the hassle free experience.

Kannan Sau.

All four movers were excellent, courteous and very professional. These Surrey movers took good care of our furniture, Piano and other things during the move. we were very pleased and will always use them & recommend them for any moving projects.

Anastasiya Mamayeva

These guys are amazing. They are fast and reliable. They are reasonably priced compared to other big companies. They moved 3br appt on a very short notice with no extra charge. All my furniture arrived in the same condition as before the move. I would definitely recommend them!

I am highly impressed by the moving company Hercules! A team of 3 men brought a piano up from the basement of my house, up 9 steps, then through a tight corner and up 3 more steps. The moment they stepped in my house, I noticed their professionalism. From preparation and organization to floor/stairs protection, team work and moving techniques, it was excellent. Not a scratch! I have very high standards, I'm actually fussy and not easily impressed, but today I was delighted to see exceptional work. I highly recommend Hercules Markham movers for any moving services!

If you still in doubt of what piano movers in Toronto to choose - hope you read my review :) Hercules Movers did an excellent job of relocating a grand piano from a music school to my house and additionally advised me a professional piano tuner. Extra care service, friendly and skilled movers, which were extremely accurate and protected the piano as well as floors, walls and stairs.

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