I typically post blogs on immigration rules and processes but today I’m going to take a step back and discuss the advantages of moving to Canada.
Generally speaking, people choose to emigrate from their home country seeking a better life and better opportunities for themselves and their families. Migration could be permanent, or temporary in order to earn money to support family members back home. Skilled migrants do have choices but I believe that no country offers what Canada does.
Look no further than Europe or the financial meltdown in the US to see the devastating effects of economic stability on a country’s population’s well-being.
The USA has high unemployment and millions of home foreclosures after the housing bubble burst in the financial meltdown. The US debt is currently over $15 trillion and growing steadily, putting great upward pressure on taxation and downward pressure on services.
European citizens in Greece, Spain, Italy, Iceland (and others) have seen high unemployment, de-valuation of their assets and the constant threat of default which would de-value their savings.
Canada has weathered the economic storms of recent years, with a solid banking system and rational economic policies. Our Chair of the Bank of Canada – Mark Carney – is also Chair of the Financial Stability Board of the G20 which is trying to stabilize the world economy. Iceland is considering the adoption of the Canadian dollar in order to stabilize its economy.
If you’re going to establish a new life in a new country, that country better be stable economically, and few other countries can claim the economic stability of Canada.
Quality of Life
Aside from economic stability, quality of life is of primary importance when considering emigration from your home country.
Again, few countries can top Canada in this regard.
For example, Vancouver, BC ranked the third most liveable city in the world, with Toronto and Calgary following at fourth and fifth, respectively.
Canada always ranks near the top of quality of life surveys or the human development index.
Aside from the surveys, Canada offers smaller cities (on a world scale) and vast amounts of land with massive parks and outdoor activities throughout the country.
In addition, Canadian people are generally welcoming of foreigners as Canada takes the “mosaic” view of society, rather than the “melting pot” view of the USA.
One aspect that rarely gets discussed but is vitally important is Canada’s established human rights regime.
At the federal level, we have a Charter of Rights and Freedoms that ensures individuals are afforded rights as against the government. For example, the Charter protects the freedom of religion, freedom of thought and belief and expression, freedom of the press, freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association. It also secures life, liberty and security of the person and prevents arbitrary detainment or imprisonment, or unreasonable search and seizure. The Charter secures a number of other fundamental rights as well.
As well, each Province has a Human Rights Code which also protects against discrimination and other human rights violations at the provincial level.
Established human rights are the cornerstone of a democracy and an essential component of living the life you seek.
Canada has many other advantages that I’ll discuss in future posts.