Pros and Cons of Moving to Canada
The many advantages of living in Canada
Canada has long been a welcoming country for expats wanting to forge a new life abroad. The government’s comparatively open immigration policy is widely publicised, and the country itself was initially built by immigrants; at one point one in six Canadians was born outside of Canadian borders.
Similarly, skills shortages in many industries continue to emphasise the need to attract foreign workers to the nation, and in order to continue with economic growth even unskilled temporary migrant works are becoming essential.
Thus, expats relocating to Canada can expect to find multicultural communities accustomed to interacting and integrating with those from abroad; a point that can make a big difference in initially becoming comfortable in your new environment.
A strong employment market
Canada’s approach to immigration is nothing new - what has changed, however, over the past two years is the state of the rest of the world.
The USA and the UK are experiencing their worst spells of unemployment for nearly 20 years. The current catastrophe engulfing Greece’s banks and subsequently other Euro nations, Spain and Portugal included, is making things even tougher for European workers.
The result of this has seen scores of people re-evaluating their positions, not only because of the great lifestyle a move to Canada will offer but because of necessity. While unemployment continues to grow elsewhere, Canada remains largely unaffected.
Thus expats who have the skills and experience behind them will find that the economic climate in Canada can potentially be more welcoming than those nations hard hit by the global recession.
Healthcare another drawcard
And while there appears to be no shortage of jobs in Canada, the real draw for many American expats considering living in Canada is the affordable and high quality healthcare. Although this notion has been heavily criticised in the US media, reports from those that have lived in both countries speak glowingly about the cost and quality.
On his blog Bill Mann of the Huffington Post writes:
“We’ve been incensed by the lies we've heard back here in the U.S. about Canada's supposedly broken system. It's not broken - and what's more, Canadians like and fiercely defend it.
Example: Our son was born at Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital. My wife got excellent care. The total bill for three days in a semi-private room? $21.”
The country and the government no doubt mean business when it comes to making it as appealing as possible for migrants living in Canada.