Relocating from Nigeria to Canada: Cost, Key Information, and Tips For a Smooth Transition

Canada has become the most traveled location for Nigerians who wish to migrate to Europe. Recently there has been a noticeable increase in the number of Nigerians relocating to Canada. This increase in relocation might be attributed to several factors and reasons such as economic opportunities, improved quality of life, and a more favorable immigration policy.  Nigerians are attracted to Canada because of several life-changing opportunities that exist there.  In this blog post, we will give valuable information to those considering a move to Canada from Nigeria. We aim to outline the costs involved, provide key information for a smooth transition, and offer helpful tips based on our experience and expertise in immigration services. Whether you are considering a permanent move or a temporary stay, this article will serve as a comprehensive guide to make your transition as seamless as possible.

Cost of Relocating from Nigeria to Canada

If you want to migrate to Canada from Nigeria, it’s very important to understand and plan for the overall cost involved in the relocation process.  Migrating to a new country can be an exciting and life-changing experience as well as Stressful. It comes with huge financial implications, meaning that before you start planning on traveling to Canada you should ensure that you have saved up some funds that can take care of some expenses. We will look at factors to consider when calculating the cost of relocating to Canada from Nigeria, including visa and immigration fees, travel expenses, housing, and accommodation, as well as the cost of living in Canada.

When you are calculating the cost of relocating from Nigeria to Canada, it’s important to have a comprehensive understanding of the different elements that contribute to the overall cost. By considering these factors, you can make a more informed decision and plan your finances accordingly.

Factors to Consider when Calculating the Cost

Below are some factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of relocating to Canada from Nigeria.

1. Visa and Immigration Fees

To migrate to Canada, you will need to apply for a visa and pay the necessary immigration fees. The type of visa you need will vary depending on the purpose and duration of your stay. The fees are typically charged in Canadian dollars, but let’s break it down by converting to Nigerian Naira for a clearer understanding:

  • Study permit: The cost for a study permit is CAD 150 (approximately NGN 92,600).
  • Work permit: The fee for a work permit is CAD 155 (approximately NGN 98,500).
  • Permanent residency: The cost for permanent residency varies based on different categories, ranging from CAD 1,040 to CAD 1,325 (approximately NGN 642,287.78 to NGN 967,500).

2. Travel Expenses

Travel expenses are another significant component of relocating from Nigeria to Canada. The cost of airfare, baggage fees, and transportation to and from the airport can add up. you might also need to budget for temporary accommodation while you wait for your permanent housing arrangements. Considering these costs allows you to plan your budget accordingly. While we didn’t put a figure for you in this section, Travel expenses can vary greatly vary from your flight tickets to other necessary expenses. So it’s paramount that you contact your travel agent for a clearer calculation of your travel expenses.

3. Housing and Accommodation

Housing is yet another factor that eats deep into your pocket, this is because finding suitable housing and accommodation in Canada should be your top priority upon arrival. The cost of housing varies depending on the city and the type of accommodation you want. Below is  a breakdown of average monthly costs in Canadian dollars, along with an estimated conversion in Nigerian Naira:

  • Rent: The monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in a city center such as Ontario, Oregon, can range from CAD 1,200 to CAD 2,500 (approximately ₦697,550.98 to ₦1,543,427.76).
  • Utilities: Monthly expenses for utilities (electricity, heating, water, etc.) can amount to CAD 100 to CAD 150 (approximately ₦78,000 to ₦92,500).
  • Internet and Mobile: Budget CAD 100 to CAD 150 (approximately ₦78,000 to ₦92,000) for internet and mobile services.

4. Cost of Living

The cost of living in Canada varies depending on the province and city you choose. It’s important to consider day-to-day expenses such as groceries, transportation, healthcare, and recreational activities. Here are some estimated costs to help you plan your budget:

  • Groceries: A monthly grocery bill for a single individual can range from CAD 200 to CAD 400 (approximately NGN 152,000 to NGN 304,000).
  • Transportation: Depending on the city, monthly public transportation costs can range from AD 100 to CAD 150 (approximately NGN 72,000 to NGN 98,000).
  • Healthcare: Canada has a publicly funded healthcare system, but there may be some out-of-pocket costs for prescription medications and dental care.
  • Recreational Activities: If you are an outdoor recreational activities lover, you should also budget some money for this. However, we would advise you to have a minimum expenses budget during your first few months to avoid running into unnecessary debts.

Key Information about Relocating to Canada

As a Nigerian planning to relocate to Canada, there is some key information you should not joke with because it will make your transition to Canada a smooth one. In this section, we will tell you some of the key information about the Canadian immigration System, different visa options for Nigerians, the importance of having a valid Nigerian passport, and the required documentation for the immigration process.  Keep reading to find out.

Overview of the Canadian Immigration System

When it comes to the immigration system, Canada has a well-established immigration System that welcomes people from around the world. The Canadian government has opened up several pathways to obtain permanent residency, including economic programs, family sponsorship, and refuge and asylum. It is important to familiarize yourself with the different immigration streams available to ensure you choose the right option for your relocation purpose.

Different Visa Options for Nigerians

If you are a Nigerian citizen who wants to relocate to Canada, there are many visa options to consider. The most common pathways for skilled workers include: the Express Entry system, Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program and Nigerians can easily Migrate to Canada with any of those pathways.

  • Express Entry System: The Express Entry system is a points-based system that assesses candidates based on factors such as age, education, work experience, and language proficiency. If you meet the eligibility criteria and obtain enough points, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.
  • Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs): PNPs allow provinces and territories in Canada to nominate candidates who meet their specific labor market needs. Each province has its own set of eligibility requirements and target occupations, so it is important to research more about this pathway to Canada and know if you meet the eligible criteria.
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program: The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program aims to address labor market challenges in the Atlantic provinces of Canada – Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. This program offers several pathways for skilled workers, international graduates, and intermediate-skilled workers to obtain permanent residency.

The Importance of Having a Valid Nigerian Passport

Before you begin your Canada migration process, make sure that you have secured a valid Nigerian password. Your passport serves as your primary identification document during the immigration process and will be required for various applications, including visa applications, work permits, and permanent residency applications. Apart from legal purposes, having a valid passport ensures smooth travel arrangements and provides a sense of security and reassurance as you embark on your journey to Canada.

Required Documentation for the Immigration Process

During the immigration process, you will be asked to submit some documents to support your application. The specific documents might vary depending on the immigration stream you choose, but some common document requirements include:

Educational Certificates: You will need to provide certified copies of your educational certificates, including degrees, diplomas, and transcripts.

Language Proficiency Test Results: To demonstrate your language proficiency, you will need to provide test results from approved language tests, such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP).

Proof of Work Experience: Depending on the immigration pathway, you may need to provide records of your past work experience, including reference letters, employment contracts, and pay slips.

Proof of Financial Support: You will need to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family during your initial settlement in Canada. This may include bank statements, proof of employment, or other financial documents.

Note: you check out the official Canadian government website to read the up-to-date and accurate information on the documents required for your chosen migration pathway.

Preparing for a Smooth Transition from Nigeria to Canada

At this point, we understand that you have made up your mind to take the bull by the horns. We would like to tell you that we are proud of the step you have taken and we are here to guide you on how to smoothly transit to Canada from Nigeria without much hassle.  In this section, we will look at some important aspects you need to consider while preparing for your move to Canada. Let’s get started.

Researching the Canadian Job Market and Potential Employment Opportunities

Before making the move to Canada, it is important to research the Canadian job market and identify potential employment opportunities. Start by researching online job portals, professional networking platforms, and industry-specific websites. Determine the demand for your skills and qualifications in different provinces or cities in Canada.

Consider joining online communities or forums where you can connect with fellow Nigerians who have already made the move to Canada. They can provide valuable insights and advice about job prospects specific to your field of expertise.

Assessing the Education System and Opportunities for Further Studies

If you are considering furthering your education in Canada, it’s very important to assess the education system and also check out some opportunities that would enable you to go back to school. Research universities, colleges, and vocational institutes in your desired region to understand their admission requirements and programs offered. If you want to verify if your Nigerian qualifications are recognized in Canada or whether you  need to undergo an accreditation process all you have to do is to contact the educational institution that you want to enroll in, directly for accurate and up-to-date information about application procedures, tuition fees, and scholarships available for international students.

Healthcare System in Canada

Another important factor to consider is Canada’s healthcare system. Access to good healthcare facilities plays an essential role in settling in a new country.  In Canada, healthcare is mainly provided through a publicly funded system called Medicare. However, coverage may vary depending on the province or territory you reside in. This is why it’s very important to familiarize yourself with the healthcare system in Canada and understand the necessary medical coverage. Check if you are eligible to receive public health care insurance or need to arrange your private health insurance for the time being.  You can look up private healthcare providers and clinics in the province you want to Settle down in.

Tips for Adapting to the Canadian Culture and Way of Life

Finally, Before we wrap up this article, we also want to give you brief Tips on how to adapt to Canadian culture and way of life. We do understand that adopting a new culture and way of life can be exciting and stressful at the same time, our tips below will help you to navigate the cultural changes effortlessly.

  • Connect with the local community: Engage in community events, and volunteer activities, or join local clubs or organizations to meet new people and learn about Canadian customs and traditions.
  • Embrace diversity: Canada is known for its multiculturalism. Be open-minded and respectful of different cultures, languages, and traditions you encounter.
  • Improve your English language skills: Enhance your English language proficiency by enrolling in language courses or participating in language exchange programs. Fluency in English will significantly benefit your integration into Canadian society.
  • Check out the Canadian Food: Delight your taste buds with Canadian delicacies and try different regional dishes. Learning about local food is an excellent way to understand and appreciate the culture.
  • Stay informed: Keep up-to-date with local news, events, and social issues. This will help you actively engage in conversations and build connections with Canadians.


As a Nigerian, Migrating to a multicultural country like Canada is a dream come true. This is because Canada offers several life benefits and opportunities such as more job opportunities, higher salaries, better security, and a healthcare system.  However By understanding the Canadian immigration system, understanding the visa options available to Nigerians, ensuring you have a valid Nigerian passport, and gathering the necessary documents, you can go through the immigration process with confidence and increase your chances of success. We believe that this blog post has shed enough light on how to migrate to Canada from Nigeria. If you enjoyed reading the article we would like you to become part of our community by regularly visiting this blog to read more interesting articles about Canada or another part of the world.