The second largest country in the world, Canada has a huge expat community, attracting immigrants from all over the world. This year it aimed to extend permanent residency to between 240,000 and 265,000 people, making it one of the most welcoming countries for anyone looking to relocate. But what benefits are there for people emigrating to Canada?
Universally known for its Mounties (Royal Canadian Mounted police) and maple syrup, Canada has much to offer. With a mix of many different cultural influences, Canada boasts European architecture, American style sports leagues, and a rich history of indigenous Inuit traditions. The cost of living is low compared to mainland Europe and the health care system is high quality and affordable. There are large multicultural communities who are used to integrating with those from overseas.
With approximately 85% of the population concentrated within 300 km of the US border, Canada is a vast country which is largely unpopulated – for good reason! The harsh Canadian winters can bring more than just a chill to the air. Certain areas of the country are covered in snow for six months of the year with temperatures well beneath freezing for the duration of winter, so it’s best to avoid these parts. The province of Alberta has the lowest temperatures with Calgary and Edmonton taking the brunt of the chilly winter weather. Coastal regions, like British Columbia and Ontario, usually escape the worst of the bitter cold. However even in the coldest parts of the country the weather has been considered, and some cities have been built with underground heated areas for pedestrians and shoppers who don’t want to brave the icy streets.
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Report 2012 voted Calgary the 5th ideal destination in the world to live. Vancouver and Toronto take 3rd and 4th place because of the availability of goods and services, low personal risk, and effective infrastructure.
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