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Solo Living and Dating for Expats in Canada

Author: Jason Zhou
Submitted: December 2013

In the last few decades more and more people have chosen to live alone or, in another words, to live solo. This is especially common in large cities or towns in developed countries as working styles are changing and many people are becoming financially independent. Solo living means you are living alone but it does not mean you will be lonely.

If you are moving to Canada on your own, you may feel lonely in the first few weeks. However you will quickly begin to meet new people, either through work or perhaps a neighbour. Canadians are culturally a very welcoming, polite and tolerant community which makes Canada a very popular expat destination. Due to this there are plenty of Expat groups which will allow you to meet people with similar backgrounds and interests who have gone or are going through the same experiences as you. Often these groups will arrange meetings or days out so you will have plenty of chances to meet new people.

Furthermore, fast growing technologies such as video calling and social media has eliminated the feeling of distance between loved ones living abroad. Now, you can chat with friends or family members in different locations without any difficulties, no matter if you just want to talk over the phone or you want to chat face to face.  Things have become more convenient as the latest generation of mobile networks enable you to do all of these on the move.

If you are looking for a way to find a loved one or new friends and you find it difficult getting out to meet people, dating websites may be a good option. There are many dating websites for people based in Canada. You may need to check different dating websites as they each site provides different services to cater the needs of different groups of people.

Normally, when joining an online dating site you will need to register yourself and create a profile. This tends to be free and the registration is just a few simple steps. However, some sites require you to pay a membership fee or buy credits (sometime called stamps) to see further details of other members. Membership fees differ between websites and the length of your subscription. Some dating websites do offer free services. However, there is a general view that paid dating websites provide better services than free ones.

Always remember to take care of the security of your personal information when you provide it to the website or to other people. Generally speaking, big popular websites will have better protection for your personal information.

Before you choose a dating website and pay for its service, you can search online with certain key words to check if it is the right one for you. It is also worth checking online for user reviews of the sites as this can give you some idea to whether it is a real business for people who want to find someone and not just a scam to steal all your personal information, including your credit card information.  

Online dating scams should be mentioned. If the person you are dating with emails you or in any other way contacts you and asks for you to give money to him or her, it is possible that you encountered an online dating scammer. You can find more information on most of the dating websites, which provide useful information such as safety tips. You can also find some dating tips to avoid such scams by searching online using key words such as ‘dating scam’ or ‘romance scam’.  To find more information, it is highly recommended you read the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s website here: https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/english/home.html.

If you do find or you suspect you are being scammed, you should stop contacting and paying any money to the fraudsters. You can report them through the following ways:

If it’s in emergency, always dial 911.  

 

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