Most French immigrants moving to Canada choose to move to the Province of Quebec. The French language is common throughout Canada, but in Quebec French is the predominant language, making it an easy and natural transition for French citizens. In fact, Canada actively works to encourage French citizens to migrate to Canada. Through their French Significant Benefit Program, Canada incentivizes French speakers to settle throughout the country.
France and Quebec have also brokered a deal, the Quebec-France Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications, which allows French citizens to move to Quebec with their professional credentials intact. This is a huge benefit for French workers who have invested in their education.
Through its French embassy, Canada also hosts events for French citizens that encourage them to consider a move to Canada. These events introduce people to the import process and lets them know about all the benefits Canada has to offer, including unemployment rates substantially lower than those in France.
If you are moving to Canada from France, you probably have a lot of questions. Even if the language is the same, there is a lot you need to know about the way things are done in Canada. Can you bring your vehicle? What about your personal belongings? Would it be cheaper just to buy all new stuff? We can help answer all these questions and more.
This guide will give you the basics of importing your household to Canada.
Can I bring my household goods to Canada?
Yes. When you move to Canada from France, you are able to bring your personal household goods to Canada without paying taxes or duty.
Common household goods include:
Any goods imported into Canada as personal goods must be items that are being used by you, for you. These goods cannot be sold, leased, rented, or loaned for a period of at least 12 months after you arrive in Canada. For this reason, business assets cannot be imported duty free and are subject to additional taxes and fees.
Importing a personal vehicle into Canada from France
Unfortunately, unless your vehicle was manufactured for sale in Canada or the United States, it is not eligible to be imported into Canada. Vehicles manufactured for use in France do not comply with the Canadian government’s motor vehicle safety requirements and cannot be altered to comply with those rules. Vehicles 15 years or older are exempt from this rule.
Work with the Experts
At A1 Auto Transport, our team of international shipping experts have the knowledge and connections to arrange a successful, seamless move. You can contact us for a free, no-obligation international shipping quote, and our team will get in touch with you to determine how we can help. We have the expertise to make your move easy, with help filling out paperwork, guidance through customs declaration, and 24/7 service you can count on.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.