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Moving in to Canada as a single mom

canuck78

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Jun 18, 2017
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Hello everyone,

I am a single mother of 2 boys ages 5 and 3. I already have my profile in the pool with a score of 451. I started my divorce case but it is still pending in court. However, I went ahead to do a separate case for custody of my children at the Magistrate court. That verdict came out in time and I was granted sole custody of my children and sole responsibility to make decisions on their behalves. The document also gave visitation right to the father which will be agreed on by me.

The divorce case is close to an end but I cant say for certain when that would happen, although the outcome of our mediation would be adopted where I also get sole custody and responsibility of both children with visitation rights to their father.

My question is, can I use only the Custody document to apply for my kids or do I need to wait for the Divorce papers (There is no telling how long it will take it has already been 2 years in this process). would I still need a consent form from their father?
No the custody documents are ok for the children. As a single mother with 2 young children you will need to earn a very good income in order to afford childcare for 2 children for 5-10 more years. The majority of schools finish mid-afternoon so you will need to pay for childcare even when your children are in full-time school if yo7 work typical 9-5 working hours. Some also must pay for childcare before school. $500+/month per child is fairly typical for after school childcare. You may also need to pay for childcare before school if you commute. The other issue is summer holidays and school holidays during the year. Canadians receive very little holiday time from jobs so you may only have 2-3 weeks per year. Most families are dependent on summer camps for their children but it is expensive. You are looking at $350-500/ month on the low end and much more for specialized camps. Unless you have a large amount of savings already I would really consider delaying a move to Canada until your kids are a bit older. We are in a recession so finding a good job may be even more difficult.
 

Joji_De

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May 11, 2020
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You can use the custody document.

Assuming you are a FSW applicant (vs. CEC), you should see what you can do to increase your score by retaking IELTS, etc.

Thank you so much for reply so swiftly. That has been on my mind for so long. Yes, I am FSW and I'm working on taking the TEF for French by June. My IELTS is spot on but my age is the issue (34yrs).
 

Joji_De

Newbie
May 11, 2020
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No the custody documents are ok for the children. As a single mother with 2 young children you will need to earn a very good income in order to afford childcare for 2 children for 5-10 more years. The majority of schools finish mid-afternoon so you will need to pay for childcare even when your children are in full-time school if yo7 work typical 9-5 working hours. Some also must pay for childcare before school. $500+/month per child is fairly typical for after school childcare. You may also need to pay for childcare before school if you commute. The other issue is summer holidays and school holidays during the year. Canadians receive very little holiday time from jobs so you may only have 2-3 weeks per year. Most families are dependent on summer camps for their children but it is expensive. You are looking at $350-500/ month on the low end and much more for specialized camps. Unless you have a large amount of savings already I would really consider delaying a move to Canada until your kids are a bit older. We are in a recession so finding a good job may be even more difficult.
Thank you so much for your response. Very much appreciated. I totally appreciate this information but I'm have my reasons for choosing to move now and also as much as I am careful not to be ignorant, I am very optimistic about my chances. Thanks again for the breakdown of figures, I'll put that into consideration.
 

canuck78

VIP Member
Jun 18, 2017
25,716
5,548
Lots of dual income families that struggle with expenses when the have 2 young children. It gets slightly better when you don’t have kids in full-time daycare but still difficult. Most save all year to afford childcare during the summer. Many moving to Canada see CCB as extra money but CCB exists due to the high cost of raising a child. Same thing as no school fees. 1 in 5 Canadians are considered to be living in poverty. Many see this as a cost saving but taxes are high so you are Not really saving money. Just encouraging you to make sure you really research the expenses you will have when you move. The a POF required aren’t enough to cover your costs. Without employment many landlords will only rent to you if you can provide 3-6 months of rent in advance. When the economy was good moving as a single mom with 2 young kids would be really tough. In a recession it will be so much tougher.