Online discussion forums keep Canadian expatriates connected

List and description of various expat websites

When Canadian expatriates have questions, they can turn to the Internet for answers. There are tons of sites with some great resources to help them out, but sometimes hearing a first-hand account of a real-life experience can be more helpful than a dozen websites. Online forums are a great way to connect expats around the world and create a sense of community that can help combat the feeling of disconnection. These are a few forums for Canadians working abroad.

“The Canadian Club of Sweden is a social club for ex-patriot Canadians who find themselves working, studying or visiting Sweden.” The club doesn’t provide any direct support for expats in Sweden, but offers a number of both Canadian and Swedish links to help expats find their own answers. Also hosts a bulletin board and talk forum with nearly 60 registered users. is a unique site that helps expats of all nationalities in posts all over the world find other compatriots in their locality. The Canadian version allows for expats to select from a drop-down menu of countries and cities to find the closest Canadian meetup groups in and around their particular areas. Also offers several resource links to help expats find whatever Canadian information they’re looking for.

A site for Canadian expats originally from Newfoundland. Provides news from “down home,” and assists Newfoundlanders abroad to find fellow Newfoundlanders, Newfoundland-owned businesses, services and organizations in their part of the world. Also features discussion boards and a real-time chat to help expats keep in touch.

Yahoo! Groups offer a ton of different forums on every topic under the sun. This forum in particular is targeted at Canadian expats and has more than 170 members. Postings are frequent and discussions are all over the board including penpal requests, Canadian news, expat experiences and questions, and more.

A site based in the UK, but catering to expats of all nationalities in numerous countries. Features a popular member’s forum to help expats around the globe keep in touch. Other resources covered include lifestyle, health, international jobs and offshore services.

This site is for expats of all nationalities considering moving to Belgium. Offers a great deal of information on moving to and living in Belgium, news and sports coverage, expatriate clubs listings, church and school directories, Belgian corporations and much more. Also features forums on moving to Belgium, living in Belgium and working in Belgium. Discussions cover driver’s license issues, cost of living, preparing to move, visas and other topics all over the board.

A website created by expat parents “as a resource for the expat parents all over the world.” Offers tools and articles on raising and schooling expat kids, multilingual kids and a number of other family-related issues. Features a chat forum of approximately 40 members covering a wide range of parenting issues from around the globe.

An expatriate community bulletin board boasting 680 registered users and featuring 40 different forums, including a “canuck” forum for Canadian expats looking to connect with other Canadians both back home and around to world. Other groupings include country forums, hobby forums, lifestyle forums, news and meetup forums and more. Postings are frequent and forums are archived back to 2003.

Robin Pascoe, journalist and author of several books and articles on the subject of expatriate life, particularly with regard to trailing spouses, offers this site with articles and chat groups on moveable marriages and moveable families. Coverage is beneficial for both the expatriate employee and the HR and relocation specialist.

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