# Friday, December 14, 2018
                 
Are you a nature lover who enjoys seeing wildlife in its natural habitat? Would you like to see a herd of free-roaming bison from the back of a horse? If you answer yes to these questions then Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan is a place you should consider checking out when visiting Canada!
posted on Friday, December 14, 2018 1:55:18 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #   
# Wednesday, October 24, 2018
                 
Canada is a huge country with a plethora of places to visit and explore. Every year millions of people from all over the world visit Canada. But what happens if a visitor comes to Canada without medical insurance and has an accident or unexpected illness that requires medical attention? Is it even possible for a visitor to Canada to enter the country without having some form of medical insurance protection? Read on to find out more.
posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 2:54:01 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #   
# Wednesday, October 4, 2017
                 
There are many foreign workers currently residing and working in Canada at any given time. But what happens if a non-Canadian worker gets sick or has an accident that requires medical attention while here in Canada? Well, turns out that all foreign workers (including family members) who have a valid Work Permit will be eligible for provincial healthcare coverage. For more details please read on!
posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 8:09:20 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #   
# Tuesday, April 7, 2015
                 
The Pan Am Games are coming to Toronto (Ontario, Canada), and are scheduled to run from July 10 to July 26. This blog article offers visitors some helpful traveling tips that discuss issues such as accommodations, expected weather, tipping customs, our electrical grid and medical insurance.
posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 6:34:42 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #   
# Wednesday, February 11, 2015
                 
The Bay of Fundy is a fabulous place to visit in Canada. The Bay is home to the highest tides in the world (up to 50 feet of tidal range), and is also one of the best places in the world to go whale watching. There is also fishing, hiking and many other things to do in this beautiful Canadian visitor destination!
posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 9:21:28 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #   
# Thursday, May 22, 2014
                 
Foreign live-in caregivers in Canada can enroll in the "Live-in Caregiver Program" (LCP), which gives caregivers full access to Canadian provincial healthcare coverage. Families that employ a foreign caregiver (e.g. "nanny") may be responsible for providing their caregiver with temporary visitor to Canada medical insurance until the nanny is eligible for provincial healthcare coverage.
posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 7:20:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #   
# Wednesday, July 3, 2013
                 
I've spent over 6 seasons working in Northern Ontario, home to mosquitoes and other nasty bugs that are many and huge in size. Use these tips and my experience to avoid mosquito bites!
posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 6:27:38 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #   
# Tuesday, June 11, 2013
                 
This blog article discusses immigration to Canada from a healthcare perspective. Canadian healthcare differs from province to province, and new immigrants should apply for provincial healthcare immediately upon arrival!
posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 9:06:33 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #   
# Wednesday, December 12, 2012
                 
All Canadian airports must adhere to baggage and carry-on rules as set out by the CATSA (a Canadian federal agency). In addition airline companies have their own rules that govern carry on and baggage handling. But what are these Canadian airline rules and regulations? Read on to find out more!
posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 7:40:24 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #   
# Friday, October 5, 2012
                 
Canada is the second largest country in the world, and offers countless attractions for visitors to Canada to see. From the west coast of British Columbia that has the beautiful Rocky Mountains, to the east coast with the Bay of Fundy and the largest tides in the world. Here are some great places to see if you are visiting Canada.
posted on Friday, October 5, 2012 3:56:50 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #   
# Monday, August 13, 2012
                 
Visitors to Canada insurance offers protection against unforeseen medical emergencies while traveling, studying or working in Canada. This blog article offers several great tips that will help keep costs down and also help to avoid complications with VTC coverage while in Canada.
posted on Monday, August 13, 2012 6:46:22 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #   
# Thursday, July 5, 2012
                 
We all know that uninsured hospital stays can be expensive, but how much does a stay in a Canadian hospital actually cost? This information is especially important for visitors who are not covered for unexpected medical expenses while traveling in Canada. Accidents can happen, as do unexpected illnesses and other emergency situations such as heart attacks, etc.
posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 5:11:04 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #   
# Tuesday, March 13, 2012
                 
Do you have a parent or grandparent that would like to visit Canada? If you do then you should know as of December 1, 2011, Immigration Canada is now offering parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens (permanent residents) the option of getting a Canadian "super visa". Unlike traditional visas this Canadian super visa is: valid for 2 years; renewable up to a total of 10 years; and allows for multiple entries into Canada. Within this two year period the applicant does not have to apply for a new visa every time they enter Canada!
posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 5:42:47 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #   
# Monday, November 30, 2009
                 
When it comes to quality of lifestyle, Canada is the top destination for expats, according to HSBC Bank International. Following Canada as a desirable location for expats is Australia and Thailand in the number 2 and 3 spots. Expats rated qualities such as accommodation, food, entertainment, social and family life, education, childcare, healthcare, household goods, working hours and commuting distances, health, hobbies, among other things. Canada was also highly rated when it came to such issues as making friends and integrating easily into their new communities.

According to the study, the top ten locations for expats determined by quality of life are:

•    Canada
•    Australia
•    Thailand
•    Singapore
•    Bahrain
•    South Africa
•    France
•    United States
•    Spain
•    Hong Kong

The United Kingdom scored very poorly in the votes regarding quality of life, and was at the bottom of the list of considered countries. Canada also scored very highly when it came to:

•    Enrolling children into the Canadian public school system;
•    Being able to set up finances, utilities and healthcare in their new country;
•    Finding a new place to live;
•    Learning the local language;
•    Making friends not only with other expats, but with local residents.

Over half the expats that participated in this study have lived abroad for more than five years. Canada placed third in regards to countries for settling down; South Africa and Thailand are first and second. Expats under the age of 35 are most likely to return home at least once a year; three-quarters of those surveyed make at least an annual trip home. Those expats who live in Brazil are most likely to go home at least once a year, according to almost 94% of those surveyed. The study also showed that the longer an expat has remained in their adoptive country, the less likely they are to return home. Only one third of expats who have lived away from their original country for 10 years or more reported they have not gone home for more than 2 years.

One of the factors that expats consider when choosing a new country is the quality and cost of healthcare in their adoptive country. While Canada does provide basic, free healthcare for all of its legal residents and/or citizens, newcomers to Canada may face a 3 month waiting period when they first arrive before they are eligible to receive their provincial health card. In order to avoid costly medical bills during these 3 months, outside health insurance is recommended. In some provinces a simple visit to a walk-in clinic can start at $50.00 just for an initial examination and does not include prescription medications, further follow-up medical care, etc. Visitors to Canada insurance is an ideal health insurance plan to bridge this gap in order to have optimal health coverage during those months where the newcomer is uninsured.

posted on Monday, November 30, 2009 3:23:19 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #   
# Monday, September 21, 2009
                 
Vancouver Canada will be the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics Games that will be running from January 22 until March 21, 2010. The actual event schedule has not yet been released, and will not be until much closer to the actual games date. Vancouver is estimated to have 350,000 visitors to their city for this spectacular event; 10,000 worldwide media representatives be also be attending to cover the games.

Vancouver has some brand new venues that will be showcased during the Olympics, including:

•    Richmond Olympic Oval: Opened in December of 2008, this multi-use waterfront facility will be hosting all the speed skating events.
•    Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre: Will be opening in February of 2009 and will be hosting all of the curling events.
•    Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Park: Opened in 2008, this will be the first Olymic venue to include all three Nordic events on one site: Cross-Country skiing, Ski Jumping and Biathlon.
•    Whistler Sliding Centre: Opened in December of 2008, this venue boasts the fastest track in the world and will host the Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton competitions.

Non-Canadian residents must purchase their tickets for through an Authorized Ticket Retailer from their respective National Olympic Committee. Although the majority of accommodations have already been reserved, there will be rooms available closer to the competition dates. For those who have yet to book their trip, it is wise to do so as soon as possible. This includes not only accommodations, but flights, car rentals, etc.

For those who are planning to visit British Columbia for the Olympics, but are not Canadian residents, it is important to realize that they will need travel insurance for their stay here. The 'free' Canadian health care system has been in the international news quite frequently; people may not understand that this does not apply to visitors to Canada. Non-Canadian residents who require medical treatment in Canada and do not have the proper travel insurance will be required to pay out-of-pocket; for a trip to a Canadian hospital emergency room, this can quickly add up to hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in medical bills. Even the average cost of visiting a walk-in clinic in Canada can start at over $50.00, which covers just the basic visit; any additional medications/treatments will be additional.

HealthQuotes.ca advises all non-Canadians to purchase Visitors to Canada insurance in order to make sure that your visit to our great country does not end in unexpected medical bills that can be very expensive. Travel insurance is quite inexpensive, and well worth the peace of mind should something go wrong.

posted on Monday, September 21, 2009 3:54:08 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #   
# Monday, March 31, 2008
                 

Winter sports such as snowboarding or skiing are a great way to stay active during the colder months. It's important though, to make sure you are properly equipped in order to prevent serious injuries. While the number of snowboarding injuries does not surpass injuries incurred while skiing, they do tend to be more severe. The number of snowboarding injuries in Canada has risen drastically in the past ten years, with 88% of injuries being sustained by those between the ages of 10-19, with 80% of those being male. Half of those injuries were fractures, with over 40% being to the arms. While traumatic brain injuries, as well as spinal cord injuries are rare, they are on the rise, probably from the rising rend of acrobatic and high-speed moves.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in 1997 over 84,000 skiing injuries and over 37,000 snowboarding injuries were treated in various American emergency rooms. Out of those injuries over 17,000 were head injuries. Their studies have found that 11 skiing and/or snowboarding deaths could be prevented each year and over 7,000 head injuries could be either prevented or reduced in severity simply by using helmets. Many of these accidents occur due to loss of control; either moving too fast on the slopes or being on a slope that is beyond the skiers/snowboarders ability. In 1999 a new report was released showing that helmet use could prevent or reduce the severity of 44% of head injuries incurred by adults, and 53% of those incurred by children under the age of 15.

It is estimated that 25% of all snowboarding injuries occur during a person's first experience, and almost 50% occur during the first season of snowboarding. This is due to the fact that snowboarding is an extreme sport that requires balance and a stable stance on the board. As both feet are fixed in non-release bindings, ankles are susceptible to being injured as the snowboarder cannot "step" out when falling or colliding. This also leaves the upper extremities at high risk of injury as a person's natural instinct is to outstretch their hands in order to break the impending fall. It is essential that anyone learning how to snowboard takes lessons in order to learn the fundamentals, including how to fall properly in order to avoid these injuries.

It is important to have the right equipment in order to either prevent injuries, as well as lessen the severity of any injuries that may occur. The snowboard you use should be in good condition and is fitted for your weight, size, and skill. Purchase a helmet that is specifically designed for snowboarding; helmets designed for other purposes such as bicycling, will not give you enough protection, as well as being too heavy or bulky which can result in whiplash injuries. Snowboarding helmets consist of three layers and are cut higher in the back than in the front. The outer shell varies depending on the model you choose, but is designed to protect against any objects penetrating the shell. The middle layer consists of polystyrene, which will absorb shock during a fall. The inner layer is simply designed for warmth, so that no other headgear will be required. If your helmet has sustained a major blow, you will need to replace it. Make sure the helmet fits snugly and is comfortable.

Snowboarding boots come in three different types; each differs in the support they give to the ankle and foot. Soft boots are the most common type of boot used and offers good stability as well as flexibility. Hard boots are typically worn by racers. Hybrid boots offer the support of the hard boot, but with the comfort and maneuverability of soft boots. It is important to select the proper type of boot for the style of snowboarding you are participating in. Ankle injuries are more prevalent in those who wear soft boots due to their moderate ankle support; people who wear the hard boots however, are more at risk of knee injuries due to the lack of movement. Make sure that you buy the boots and bindings together as these are inter-related.

Wrist and elbow guards are also important to reduce fractures. Wrist guards that are used for inline skating or skateboarding can also be used for snowboarding. Knee and tailbone pads are very important for beginners, as falling backwards is more apt to happen when learning to snowboard.

If you are traveling to Canada, or are a Canadian traveling outside the country to participate in snowboarding, it's important to make sure that your travel insurance will cover any injuries sustained in this activity. Certain travel insurance policies will not reimburse medical bills that are a result of these types of injuries; you may require Adventure Travel insurance. Make sure to check with your broker before you leave to make sure you have the right coverage.

posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 10:28:11 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #   
# Wednesday, December 13, 2006
                 

GST Rebate Ending for Visitors to Canada

In September of 2006, the Government of Canada announced the elimination of the GST Visitor’s Rebate Program. Beginning April 1, 2007, all federal rebates under the Visitor’s Rebate Program will be eliminated. Rebates that will effectively end include those for visitors’ short-term accommodation, exported goods by non-resident consumers, and non-resident convention expenses.

The GST (Goods And Services Tax) rebate has been available for non-residents who purchase short-term accommodation and/or goods in Canada.  Under this rebate, visitors could claim a refund on goods they purchased in Canada, but took home with them for use primarily in their home country. It also included the GST paid on short-term accommodations, including hotels, hostels, campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, and motels.

The rebate will still apply to those who have purchased eligible goods and/or services before April 1, 2007. The rebate will be honored for those who have a specific signed agreement for goods that will be shipped outside of Canada, but are not shipped until after the cut-off date. The agreement must be signed before the cut-off date, and follow the eligibility rules. If you purchase eligible goods before April 1, 2007, but do not leave Canada until afterwards, you will still receive the rebate.

Non-residents will still be eligible for the GST rebate when their accommodations begin before April 1, 2007 and continue afterwards for a period no longer than 30 days. In order to receive reimbursement, you must stay in the same facility for the duration of your trip. The rebate will also apply to those travelers who have already booked and purchased their accommodations before April 1, 2007, but whose actual trip does not begin until after this date. This will apply to all non-resident travelers whose accommodation in the same facility begins before April 1, 2009. These requirements also apply to travelers who have purchased prepaid tour packages.

Travelers who have eligible GST rebate claims will have one year to file their application. For those who have written agreements before the cut-off date, but whose trip occurs afterwards, special transition measures will be implemented regarding eligible filing dates. This will also apply to those whose trip begins before the cut-off date, but continues afterwards.

For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please visit the Canadian Revenue Agency.

posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 7:58:09 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #   
# Tuesday, June 27, 2006
                 

Traveling To Canada

Canada continues to be an affordable, exciting vacation destination for many people and offers an array of exciting outdoor and urban travel opportunities.

For more information about exploring Canada see the government's Exploring Canada web page.

While planning your Canadian vacation, ensure that you purchase the appropriate travel medical insurance. Whether you are sky-diving or sight-seeing, travel coverage takes the worry out of your trip.

IMG's "SelectaPlan" offers coverage for extreme activities via the "Adventurous Travelers" Plan, and covers international travelers up to age 49 who plan on participating in extreme sports and activities during their stay in Canada. Coverage is available for Canadians, U.S. and non U.S. citizens. Individual and family travel medical insurance plans are also available, with up to two years of coverage. Rates are based on age, length of coverage and country of citizenship. Discounted travel rates are available, for those who intend to travel in groups of 5 or more.

Ontario Blue Cross and Manulife Financial's Visitor's Insurance both offer extensive coverage, and is available to visitors, foreign students, immigrants and also returning expatriates. Coverage can begin as soon as 72 hours following purchase, and medical coverage includes hospital, medical and transportation expenses, as well as subsistence allowance and other travel benefits.
  

posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2006 8:19:31 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #   
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