Over the past few decades, Canada has become one of the most popular destinations to visit as a tourist, to study as an international student, to work as a foreign worker and to move as an immigrant. Read on to discover the top 10 reasons to move to Canada.
Being the second largest country in the world, Canada’s wide open spaces, comparatively low crime rates, publicly funded education and universal health care systems appeal to a great many people and families.
Whatever your reason for going to Canada, one thing is for sure: it’s not going to be a walk in the park. Canada’s immigration system is one of the most dynamic in the world. The Government of Canada makes immigration policy changes based on Canada’s requirements at any given point in time.
If you are not a Canadian citizen, you will need a visa to enter Canada (that means, if you are a visitor, an international student, a foreign worker or a permanent resident entering the country for the first time, you will need a visa).
With over 60 different immigration programs (and streams, or sub-categories under each immigration program), going to Canada can be a very challenging (not to mention confusing) experience.
But let’s get back to basics. Why would you even want to go to Canada in the first place? Below are the top 10 reasons why we think you should move to Canada.
Canada has a reputation of having low crime rates compared to the United States. With violent crime still well below the national US average, Canada ranks very high in the OECD Better Life Index.
While there are pockets of violence here and there, we’re kind of surprised there isn’t more crime. We’re thinking that it’s because of the air and water, but we generally get along together here in Canada.
Education in Canada is publicly funded until secondary school (high school). This means that everyone below 18 has access to education regardless of their cultural background, income level and immigration status.
Provincial governments have jurisdiction over education, and investments have certainly paid off, resulting in a very highly educated and globally competitive workforce.
We really love the fact that our kids can go to school here for free (until high school). Some of us have had the chance to work within the school systems, and we’ve found that publicly funded schools are just as good (if not better) than private schools in other parts of the world.
Canada is one of the most multicultural countries in the world.
This is reflected in every facet of Canadian society. From government to local cuisine, Canada has accepted and celebrate their citizens differences, making for a society strong in its diversity.
There are some places in the world that don’t have too much in the way of diversity and multiculturalism. Canada is definitely not one of those places.
Almost everyone you’ll come across in Canada was originally from somewhere else. Some families, while having been in Canada for a few generations, still have stories to tell about their own immigrant experience.
It’s the unique way we Canadians share our experiences with each other that makes the difference. We learn from each other, and celebrate each others differences. That’s what makes Canada such a tolerant and accepting society.
Speaking of which, Canada is also famous for being tolerant and accepting. Canada was one of the pioneers of civil rights and was the first country to legalize same sex marriage outside of Europe.
The government of Canada’s immigration policies and its zero tolerance for hate crimes and racism help people feel safe and welcome in Canada.
While there are incidents of racism in Canada, these are few and far between (compared to the United States). It’s almost always reported in the news, and almost always followed by public outrage.
If you’re looking to move to a new country that is economically stable, you don’t have to look any further than Canada.
Canada’s banking system forms the strong foundation for its economy, which has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of the most stable on earth.
This in turn guarantees a comparatively better quality of life for most Canadians, and has the second highest standard of living in the G20.
Canada’s universal healthcare system is one of the most accessible in the world.
Most medical procedures are paid for by government taxes, which are under provincial and territorial jurisdiction.
Did we mention that Canada is the second largest country in the world?
Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or someone new to Instagram, Canada has so much to offer.
10 million square kilometres of beautiful landscapes, Canada’s natural beauty will certainly take your breath away.
Okay, so Canada isn’t exactly known for it’s cuisine (poutine, beaver tails and Hawaiian pizza come first and foremost to mind when asked about the best Canadian food). What Canada does have going for it in terms of cuisine is everything else.
Due to its incredible diversity and multiculturalism, Canada has pretty much every kind of food available, especially in the more populated urban centres. You can have food from a different country several times a day for every day of the week, if you are so inclined.
We’ve discovered food from cultures we never knew existed, and quite frankly, we think we’re all the better for it.
Us Canadians don’t tend to take ourselves too seriously. We open doors for people and we pick up wallets and give them back to people whenever we can. That goes without saying, we help little old ladies cross the street. Canadians are known the world over for being excessively polite.
Do you know why Canada is super stable? It’s rich in natural resources, that’s why. The Government of Canada makes a lot of money from oil and gas, as well as vast deposits of uranium, iron, copper and gold.
Canada’s central regions are also vast farmlands, producing a mind-boggling amount of wheat.
Then there’s Canada’s tourism industry. People from all over the world come to Canada to see the beautiful landscapes and unique wildlife. If you can handle the cold during the winter, we recommend a trip to Canada.
Believe us, it’s quite the experience.
There you have it, our top 10 reasons why you should move to Canada. Do you have other reasons of your own? Comment below or share it to us by email!
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