Thinking of moving to Canada, eh? (Part 1)

There is a lot to love about Canada, from its panoramic views to its diverse people. Its unique combination of beauty and welcoming people make it one of the most magical places to live.

Like any other country, Canada has its own slang words and sayings that might be different from the rest of the world and may make new immigrants and visitors scratch their heads, in confusion. Here is a cheat sheet for day-to-day lingo in the Maple country.

  1. The famous Canadian interjection “eh“. Pronounced “ay”. Used to indicate that you don’t understand something, can’t believe something is true or if you want the person to respond.
    “You are coming tonight, eh?
  2. True, a term used instead of okay.
    “So I might not be able to come today”
  3. Double Double, a term used for coffee in Canada, meaning two creams and two sugars.
    “Hi, can I get a double double?”

  4. Tims or Timmies, refers to Tim Hortons, the coffee chain.
    If you want to be a true Canadian, you need to love Tims.
  5. Loonie/ Toonie: A loonie is Canadian $1 coin and a toonie is a $2 coin.
    “Hi, can you lend me a loonie”?

  6. Pop is what Canadians call carbonated drinks, such as Coke or Pepsi.
  7. Freezies refer to popsicles, or ice pops, that are purchased from the grocery store and come in small plastic sleeves.
  8. Cowtown is the slang name for the city of Calgary in Alberta.
  9. Parkade is multistory parking lot, aka a parking garage.

  10. A Haligonian is anyone from the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

  11. Housecoat is a bathrobe.

  12. Washroom is a polite word for bathroom. The Canadian version of “restroom.”

  13. Garburator is an electric device underneath of a kitchen sink that breaks up food so it can be washed away. Americans call it a trash disposal.

  14. Chesterfield is A couch or sofa.

  15. Runners are running shoes. Or, really, any kind of athletic shoe, like a tennis shoe.

  16. Timbit is a donut hole from Tim Hortons or from any other restaurant in Canada.

  17. Toque is a winter hat or knit cap, like a beanie. It often refers to the type of beanie that rolls up at the bottom.
    Pronounced “toohk,” a toque

  18. Homo milk is Homogenized milk, also known as whole milk. In Canada, it is very normal for a parent or spouse to ask you to pick up some homo milk on your way home.