Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Kate Malcolm, host of the “New to Canada” podcast, joins us today.

She will share four slang terms that are only used in Canada.

Whether you’re moving to Canada or chatting with Canadians, you can use these to connect.

Listen in for this great, native slang!

Who is Kate Malcolm?

Kate is originally from England and moved to Canada in 2017.

She fell in love with a Canadian whilst backpacking in Thailand.

Kate is the host of the “New to Canada” podcast and the “New to Canada” academy.

She dedicates her time to running an online community to connect and support international professionals living in Canada.

Kate shares that her move to Canada was unexpected.

It was a bit of a struggle for her, so she decided to build a community that would help others who want to move to Canada.

She is a Brit and there are a lot of things she had to adjust to because the Canadian culture is very different.

Canadian slang

Kate shares four Canadian slang terms in today’s episode to help you connect.

  • Loonie – A one-dollar coin is called a loonie. The two-dollar coin is called a toonie. A loon is a bird found in Canada. This bird is imprinted on their one-dollar coin, which is how it got this nickname.
  • Timmy’s – Tim Horton’s is a famous coffee shop in Canada. It is the equivalent of Starbucks in America. They would use the slang Timmy’s to refer to Tim Hortons. Coffee culture is very big in Canada. Another slang related to this is getting a ‘double-double’. This means a coffee with two creams and two sugars.
  • Beauty – This means something is amazing or really good. You’ll hear someone say, “It’s a beauty day out” or, “She’s a real beauty.” It doesn’t refer to physical beautiful, but means that thing is great.
  • Toque – This means a winter hat. It is really cold in Canada and winter wear is common. The Canadians often call their headgear a toque.

Tips when moving to Canada

As advised by Kate, it is best to move to Canada in the summer.

Because the winter can be extremely cold there, it’s difficult to adjust to the shock if you’re from a warmer area.

Another tip is to not be discouraged when you start looking for a job and you aren’t hired right away.

It can be difficult to find employment when you are a newcomer to Canada.

Get your Linkedin profile up to date and build your network to have a stronger background.

As to the city demographics, she shares that Toronto is more like New York.

You’ll find there are more corporate jobs in that area than in the rest of Canada.


Moving to a different country is very challenging, especially if you don’t have a lot of support.

It’s extremely helpful to find a community that will help you.

Kate has built this community for those who can’t find the support or resources to equip them for their move to Canada.

You will find a community of people that will support you and a plethora of tools in one place.

Aside from language, they will share about Canadian culture, the logistics of starting life there, and all of the administration steps you have to go through to establish life in Canada.

You’ll get great deals for access to her resources by typing the coupon code: Allears

Kate Malcolm’s bio

Kate moved from England to Canada in 2017 after meeting her Canadian husband whilst backpacking in Thailand. After living and working in 5 different countries, she now helps support, inspire, and connect internationals living in Canada to navigate through the overwhelm that comes with moving abroad.

You can find more resources from Kate Malcolm by listening to her “New to Canada” podcast or joining her “New to Canada” Academy.

You can visit Kate’s website:

Are you considering a move to Canada?

Share in the comments about your future plans.

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