“The Maritimes” includes 3 provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.
“Atlantic Canada” includes one more: Newfoundland & Labrador
To bring a vehicle into Canada, you have to own the title, free and clear.
To get credit at stores, consumers must be able to provide a history of good Canadian credit; US credit does not count. And while it is considered “optional” to include a Social Insurance Number (or SIN) in credit applications, having one helps establish credit.
Social Insurance Numbers (SINs) are available to citizens and permanent residents who qualify through a Federal process.
The standard full-time work week in PEI is 37.5 hours.
On PEI most offices are “scent-free.”
Aerospace is an important economic and research sector on PEI.
Most immigrants come to PEI from other parts of Canada, the UK, Germany, the US, China, Iran, and Syria.
In addition to its world-class university (University of Prince Edward Island, or UPEI) and community college (Holland College which includes Culinary Institute of Canada), PEI hosts flourishing bio-science, aquaculture, aerospace, agronomy, agriculture, IT, dairy, and bio-medical research and development industries.
With its year-round population of 145,000 people and area of 5,660 square kilometres (or, 2,190 square miles), PEI is the least populated Canadian province – and the most densely populated at the same time.
Canada uses the metric system; this means on PEI distance is measured in kilometres, weights in kilograms, and height in metres. Note that spelling in Canada follows British conventions; for example “metres” is correct, “meters” is not.
The 12.9 kilometre long (8 mile long) Confederation Bridge connects PEI with New Brunswick. The curved bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, and endures as one of Canada’s top 20th century engineering feats. It is open year-round, except during “dangerous weather” advisories.
The Confederation bridge has a $46.00 (CA) toll for vehicles crossing into New Brunswick (returning from PEI). There is no bridge toll to go to the Island.
Canada uses the Canadian dollar as its currency, and coins are used for currency under five dollars. A one-dollar coin is referred to as a “loonie,” and a two-dollar coin is a “toonie.”