Amit Bhayana works as Manager, Planning and Organization Development with a private firm, while his wife, Meeta Bhayana, works as an Early Childhood Assistant in a Montessori school. They live in South Surrey with their two daughters, Ridhima and Shivika Bhayana.
Why did you decide to immigrate to Canada?
We decided to move to Canada for a better, more balanced lifestyle. Also, we wanted to ensure our kids grew up in a safer environment with better educational opportunities.
Which year did you finally move to Canada?
We relocated to Canada in Aug 2022
What were your first impressions of Canada?
Canada is a country of opportunities, though it has some limitations. Our first impression of the country was positive, but we soon realized that one must gain academic specializations to leverage the career opportunities available in the country.
Where did you stay when you reached Canada? Hotel, relative or friend’s place?
We stayed with some friends initially before moving into rented accommodation.
What difficulties/challenges did you face when you and your family moved here?
The country throws many challenges at you, especially in the initial years; for instance, we thought it would be easy for us to get a job, but it was not. Getting a job becomes much easier if you’ve studied here in Canada.
How long did it take to get used to the people, weather, or surroundings?
It was not very difficult for us to get used to the culture here, but yes, we were restricted socially, and we didn’t have any relatives here. But we made some good friends who helped us to settle down.
What do you like and dislike most about this country?
Canada is a beautiful country with positivity all around, and life is valued here, but it is challenging. The cost of living is high. Inflation and rentals are high. Also, it is difficult to get house help (which most of us coming from India are used to), so one has to manage everything, like dropping and picking up kids from school, household chores, etc. oneself.
How do you see your future in Canada?
I want to grow here in my field and be an entrepreneur soon. Kids have good educational opportunities as they have so many options to choose from when it comes to academic institutions and what they want to study.
How has your overall journey in Canada been so far?
The overall journey has been challenging. We miss our family and friends back home, especially during the festive season. But we enjoy spending quality time with kids at home and are grateful.
Advice for immigrants:
Life is not hunky-dory here. One has to be on their toes to maintain a decent lifestyle. Come prepared with an open mind, and this country will welcome you.