10 differences you will find in Canada

  1. Canadian Voltage will be 110v, 60Hz as compared to Europe/ UK which is 230v 50Hz. This means that some electrical items will need a ‘Step up’ Voltage converter. The best place to buy these is: www.voltageconverters.com
  2. Cell/ Mobile phone plans usually charge for both outgoing AND incoming call minutes.
  3. Coffee always comes with cream unless milk is specified.
  4. Driving is on the right side of the road, steering wheel on the left. Petrol is called gas. Most cars are automatic.
  5. TVs run on the NTSC system as opposed to most of Europe and the UK which is PAL. Most UK TVs will be able to run both systems. DVDs are region 1 in Canada and Region 2 in the UK. PS will run both game regions (but not both DVD regions).
  6. Dilute Fruit Juice (Robinsons for example) is rare as most is juice is either fresh, frozen or non-concentrate.
  7. There are no subsidized prescriptions and medicine and non-physician based services will not be covered on a Provincial Plan. Private Medical Insurance options are usually provided at a discounted rate through an employer.
  8. Bed Sizes are different in Canada
American Name American Size British Name British Size
Twin / Single 39″ x 75″ Single 36″ x 75″
Double 54″ x 75″ Double 54″ x 75″
Queen 60″ x 80″ King 60″ x 78″
Eastern (Standard) King 76″ x 80″ Super King 72″ x 78″
California King 72″ x 84″
Grand King 80″ x 98″


  1. Prices in stores, and services are usually provided without Sales tax (HST/ GST) included. This means that at the point of sale, the total price will be 5-15% higher (depending on Province).
  2. Paper sizes are different in Canada – Letter and Legal size rather than A4, A5 etc.