Entertainment, Media and Television for Expats in Canada

Submitted: November 2013

Well as the saying goes, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Fear not, your time in Canada is likely to be anything but boring.

Diverse is definitely the word one can use to describe Canada’s nightlife. You can find a variety of locales ranging from lounges, ultra-sophisticated nightclubs to animated sports bars and old fashioned pubs.  The links below showcase the variety that Canada has to offer in terms of nightlife and general socialising:

You may also choose to have a nice low key night out by opting to catch a new movie in one of Canada’s many cinemas. For a list of cinemas in Canada along with movie times, please see the following link below:


Other interesting activities for your entertainment include:

Bowling:      List of Canadian Bowling Centres based on location - www.bowlcanada.ca/bpacmap

Karaoke: www.findkaraoketonight.com or www.karaokecanada.com

Restaurants: www.canada.worldweb.com/RestaurantsBars/

You may also choose to partake in one of Canada’s many outdoor activities such as camping, bicycle tours, or even seal watching. You can use the resource below to find the right activity for you:



Media and Television


If you choose to take a break from your busy nightlife or rather prefer the comfort of a quiet night at home, watching television will often become your activity of choice. There are two main public networks, CBC (English) and SRC (French).

While Canadian stations are required by law to broadcast a certain percentage of local programming, this quota is often filled during daytime hours. As a result, programmes from the United States are mainly broadcasted during prime time hours. The main television stations in Canada are Global Toronto, CBLT, CFTO, WGRZ, WUTV, amongst others. For the daily television listing, please refer to the following link:


There is also the option of satellite television which is regarded as cost efficient because of the number of channels available and the overall price. You can compare the rates of two leading providers by examining the websites below:

You could also check with your potential provider to see whether they offer bundles which include internet, telephone and television services. This is regarded as a cost-efficient option. For an example of bundle prices of some of Canada’s leading telecommunications providers, please refer to the following links below:

It is important when selecting these services to have regard to the length of time that you will be staying in Canada in terms of contract lengths.

Please note that if you choose to bring your television set from home to Canada, the voltage of electrical outlets are 110-120V so you may need a converter in order for your set to work. You should ensure that the video formats are NTSC and ATSC as that is the format used in Canada as opposed to PAL which is used throughout Europe, Asia and Africa.
If your home country required a television license in order to view live television on the internet or through your television set, you would be pleased to note that viewers do not have to pay a television license in Canada.


When you move to a new place, you may feel unacquainted with the current affairs of this new environment. Fortunately, there are a numerous local and national newspapers across Canada to get you updated on local news quite efficiently. The two main national newspapers are ‘The Globe and Mail’ and the ‘National Post’. Additionally, there are also the widely read French language newspapers such as ‘Le Devoir’, ‘La Presse’ and ‘Le Journal de Montréal’. Please refer to the following link below for a list of Canadian newspapers and their websites:



There are several national radio stations with the most notable being CBC Radio One which is broadcast in English. French speakers may choose to listen to Ici Radio Canada Première which is regarded as the French language alternative to CBC Radio.

You can visit the following website below for a list of over 600 Canadian radio stations and their websites so that you can stream live on the internet. You can search this resource by province or genre.




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