Sometimes, we just need to step back and take a deep breath to appreciate the blessings we have in our lives. Here are 5 reasons why we’re happy to live in Canada!
5) We all get free education (until high school) and healthcare (doesn’t cover everything, but still)
One of the most amazing things about living in Canada is that our kids get to go to school for free (until high school).
Coming from a country where the measure of the quality of a school’s education is measured by the amount of money you pay in tuition fees, not paying for tuition fees is a most welcome relief.
Just because it’s free, doesn’t mean it’s low quality. We’ve had the chance to work with school boards here in Canada, and let us tell you, it’s pretty much up there with the best schools in Asia.
As parents, we’re super satisfied with the quality of school here.
Another thing that makes us happy is the fact that you can visit a doctor anytime you need to. Whether it’s a simple cold or perhaps something a little more serious, all you need to do is pick up the phone and make an appointment.
While not everything is covered by provincial health plans, most private health insurance picks up the slack. Just make sure you have enough coverage for your family’s needs!
4) Canada is a beautiful country (from coast to coast to coast)
Whether you’re a city slicker or country lover, Canada has a little something for everyone.
True, we don’t have a Disneyland just yet, but we do have other things in abundance to keep you busy.
Don’t believe us?
Here’s a short list of the most popular tourist destinations: Niagara Falls, Banff National Park, the CN Tower, Old Quebec, Whistler, Parliament Hill and Old Montreal.
And those are just the popular ones.
We live in the largest city in Canada (Toronto, represent!) and although we’ve been here for quite some time, we discover new things each and every day.
Also, did you know that a LOT of Hollywood films and TV shows are made in Canada? From The Handmaid’s Tale to Netflix’s Titans and Star Trek Discovery, a lot of filming goes on all across Canada.
There’s a very good chance you might even run into a famous movie star (especially in September, during the Toronto International Film Festival).
We’ve run into Jennifer Garner, Zachary Levi and Ewan MacGregor in Toronto. You never know who YOU might run into.
If you’re coming for a visit, bring a battery pack. You will run out of charge from taking all those pictures on your cell phone!
3) Canada is (generally) safe and secure
While Canada is not 100% crime free (let’s face it, no place on earth is), in this age of fear and uncertainty, Canada is a breath of fresh air.
We certainly encourage first-time visitors to our country to exercise caution whenever venturing out into the great unknown, but if you ever get lost, feel free to stop a total stranger and ask for directions.
How safe is it? Well, we’ve seen people on the subway drop their wallets and people picking them up to return to the owners on two separate occasions.
That, and you don’t have to be afraid to pull out your cellphone only to lose it to motorcycle-riding thieves.
Our kids are kept safe as well, with a reliable system of checks and balances in school as well as a national Amber Alert system on all devices connected to LTE networks, so there’s that.
We’ve had a number of terrorist-related incidents in the recent past, but on a day-to-day basis, we feel pretty safe in Canada.
2) Canadians are super-nice (most of the time)
This is not to say that every single person in Canada is polite and helpful. Occasionally, you’ll come across a crazy person or two, but basically, we’re super-nice!
If you’re struggling with big heavy bags of groceries or having trouble crossing the street, chances are that someone will go out of their way to help you out.
So if you’re in Canada, make sure to do as Canadians do: don’t be afraid to look people in the eye and say hello, thank you and sorry. Seriously, it takes some getting used to, but once you’ve gotten used to it, it’s kind of hard to go back.
Don’t forget to hold the door open for that person behind you, it’s totally okay!
1) Canada is probably the most multicultural and diverse society you’ll find on the planet
We’ve been around the world, and we can safely say that the larger cities in Canada are some of the most multicultural and diverse places in the world!
If you consider yourself somewhat of a foodie, Canada is a dream. We’ve learned to try food from every corner of the world right at our doorstep. If you miss food from back home, chances are that it’s available at a local restaurant.
Want to cook it yourself? Even the most obscure ingredient is available at the larger groceries in most cities.
Then there’s language. One time we were taking public transit, the bus driver greeted us with a very warm “Kumusta?”. And no, the bus driver was NOT Filipino. His girlfriend probably was though.
Just think about it, in every single province and territory in Canada, there is a chance you’ll come across someone who speaks Tagalog (which is one of the fastest growing languages in the country).
There’s also the diversity in religion. The sheer number of beliefs, and the willingness to share the experiences of those beliefs are out of this world. You’ll get to make friends with people from different faiths, and whenever there’s a celebration in their community, their celebration becomes your celebration as well.
These are just a handful or reasons why we’re happy to be living in Canada. How about you guys, do you need any more reasons to pack your bags and join us to live in Canada?
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