Some employers or workplaces provide daycare services for the children of employees.This may be something you want to check with a prospective employer. Local schools can usually provide information on daycare as well.
Governments try to ensure that Canadians are vaccinated against preventable diseases. Parents will often be asked by schools to provide proof that their children have been vaccinated for diseases such as measles, smallpox, and tuberculosis. Check with a local doctor if you need to arrange for vaccinations for your child. Local health centres and employers may also help with vaccination services.
It is against the law in Canada to carry, sell, buy, or use various illegal drugs such as heroin, marijuana, hashish, speed, and cocaine. Be cautious about buying any kind of drug product from anyone other than a pharmacist. If you are uncertain about the legality of any kind of drug product, ask.
It may be possible for you to obtain help with daycare while you participate in language-training programs. Check with the languagetraining program to find out if financial assistance is available for daycare and for transportation.
In Canada, some health products such as lotions, liniments, and headache remedies can be purchased at many stores. Some drugs can only be purchased with a prescription from a doctor.These drugs can only be obtained from a licensed pharmacist. If you need a drug, a doctor will write you out a prescription, which you can take to a pharmacy or drugstore to have filled.
There are increasing numbers of organizations helping with “eldercare,” that is, care of older persons.A good place to check for information on this is with local ethnic/cultural groups and organizations.
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), owned by the federal government, focuses on loans and services to small businesses, especially firms involved in technology and exporting.The BDC also offers financial advice and small-business consulting. It has more than 80 offices across Canada.To qualify for a loan, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
All countries have ways to recognize outstanding citizens. Official awards are called honours, consisting of orders, decorations and medals. After using British honours for many years, Canada started its own honours system with the Order of Canada in 1967, the centennial of Confederation. Information on nominations for many of these honours can be found at www.gg.ca/document. aspx?id=70
Many governments in Canada, including the federal government, have policies to ensure that Canada is a multicultural society. Newcomers are encouraged to hold on to important customs and traditions as they build a new home and adapt to life here. In many ways, Canada celebrates and takes pride in its cultural diversity. [Day- Planner web site – Link #282]