Some of the commonly asked questions, when moving to Edmonton, Alberta, are listed on this page. If you cannot find the information you want on other pages of the website, it might be listed here. If you cannot find the information you want here, then you can ask a question and we will attempt to answer it.
Where can I find a job?
We have compiled a list of Job Banks (web sites that list job opportunities) which you can browse. There are also links to resources for writing a resume or CV, getting a Social Insurance Number and more...
Where can I stay when I first arrive?
In Canada, there are many hotels where you can rent a room with kitchen facilities. These are usually called Suite Hotels. You can find websites that will help you to search for a hotel on our accomodations page.
If you are coming to Canada and are concerned that you may not be able to afford a hotel for longer stays and would prefer to find other forms of temporary accomodations, try contacting a settlement agency who will help you find a place to stay. There is a list of agencies on the Newcomer Services page.
Can I afford a house?
Edmonton is one of the cities in Canada where many people can afford their own home. Although you may need to start by renting an apartment or a house when you first arrive, most people who live here and work in their chosen field can afford to own a house. You can learn more about buying a house here.
How do I find a Doctor?
When you have registered for an Alberta Health Care card, you have access to the public health care system including medical checkups and hospital visits. Capital Health is the health region for Edmonton and the Capital Health website provides links to hospitals and a search for physicians. You can find more information here.
Where can I register my children for school?
In Edmonton, Public education is free to all Canadian citizens until the age of 20. To learn more about education in Edmonton read our information page, or to go straight to the registration information page at Edmonton Public Schools
Where can I learn English?
There are many programs to help you learn English. There are childrens programs within the Edmonton school system and many of the colleges and universities offer daytime and evening courses to help you learn.
Some of the settlement agencies also offer English courses for newcomers. You can find a full list of places to learn English here.
What kind of taxes do I pay in Edmonton?
In Canada, every working person registers for a Social Insurance Number in order to work, and their employer submits a portion of their wages to the Federal and Provincial government from every pay cheque.
In April of each year, every working person is required to file an Income Tax statement. Usually, your monthly deductions are for the correct amount, but occasionally you will either owe the government additional tax or the government will owe you a tax refund.
In addition, there is a Canadian sales tax called the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that applies to many items that you purchase. There is no provincial sales tax in Alberta. More information on paying taxes.
How can I find people in Edmonton who speak my language?
There are many Newcomer Services in Edmonton that can communicate with you by telephone or e-mail and give you information about finding your community in Edmonton and getting help with language issues. Visit the Newcomer Services section to find a list of these groups.
I'm an engineer, can I work in Alberta or do I need to upgrade?
There can be different standards and certifications in Canada, and you may need to do some additional training. The good news is that groups like the Mennonite Centre can help you with learning English, or with finding the appropriate training program so that you can work in Canada in your area of expertise. See a list of Newcomer Services.
What are the neighbourhoods like in Edmonton?
Edmonton is a very clean, safe city with many neighbourhoods that have affordable housing, shopping and schools and good access to bus service.
You can also live in the heart of downtown, outside the city in a smaller community or near historic Whyte Avenue. For more detailed descriptions of neighbourhoods, visit our Neighbourhood Profiles page for links to resources.
I hear it is cold in Canada, is this true?
In Edmonton, the weather ranges from warm and clear in the summer to cold and snowy in the winter. But it is almost always sunny here! You will need warm weather clothes in July and August and you will need to dress for very cold weather in the winter. But at least there are many things to do in every kind of weather!
You can read more about Edmonton's climate.
Is Edmonton safe?
Edmonton is a great city to raise a family in. We have a low crime rate, very little pollution and an excellent police force that work to keep the city safe. There are many neighbourhoods you can afford to live in that have good schools.
There are many parks and bicycle trails for recreation.