So Far, Life in Canada is Good for Dutch Long Haul Driver
Brian Parjis is enjoying a fabulous summer in Canada since arriving in Alberta in March 2014. We caught up with Brian in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta as he was getting ready to enjoy a long weekend camping with friends.
1. What prompted you to relocate to Canada?
I was a professional long haul truck driver in The Netherlands. I was searching for a better quality of life and I had considered Canada for a few years. I finally visited Canada last year, including Fort Saskatchewan, Edmonton and the Alberta surroundings during the summer. The experience was very positive.
2. How did you go about planning your relocation project?
I was leaning towards Canada for a few years and I decided to contact a professional firm in the industry.
3. How did you locate www.immigration.ca?
I was introduced by a friend in Holland.
4. How are you enjoying living and working in Canada?
It has been a really great experience. I have made many new friends. I really enjoy the Albertan lifestyle.
5. What date did you arrive?
17 March 2014.
6. How long did it take you to become Class 1 licensed in Canada?
It took about 3 weeks to complete everything once the translated documentation was received. I started with a learner’s permit; then Class 7. This allowed me to write the Class 1. I passed on the first attempt.
7. How are driving habits of Canadians verus Europeans?
Canadians are way more friendly and patient! Europeans are always in a rush.
I even found driving in the downtown core of Edmonton to be manageable with my truck.
8. How do your finances and earnings rate in Canada compared to the Netherlands?
I earn a really good wage as a driver here. My current finances and economics are much improved in Canada compared to what I had back home. I earn more and I’m saving more too!
9. What do you enjoy most about living and working in Canada?
I am amazed by the wide open space, the tranquility. The peacefulness is very noticeable compared to the Netherlands.
10. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I really enjoy the outdoors. I enjoy nature, canoeing; camping. Back home I really did not have the chance to enjoy these opportunities. But thanks to my new life in Canada, I met many new friends who introduced me to all these new experiences.
11. What advice could you share with others who are planning to live and work in Canada?
a. Think things carefully over a period of time.
b. Talk it through with friends and family – especially if you are coming alone as I did.
c. Once you arrive, stay in touch with friends and family back home. Social media is really helpful. My parents are now experts in using Skype!