Over 340,000 people move to Canada each year to live as new permanent residents. This comes as no surprise, considering the high standard of living in Canada, its affluent cities, abundant job opportunities, wide-open spaces, and a whole lot more!
If you’re considering moving to Canada, then here are some reasons why you should start doing so:
Canada is a country that’s well-known for accepting a huge number of immigrants each year. In fact, it has one of the highest immigration rates per capita out of all the other developed countries. According to the Canadian immigration plan, the government has set a goal for more than one million new permanent residents to immigrate to Canada over a three year time period. Aside from that, it also has the highest number of visa options designed to help immigrants move to Canada with ease. As of now, there are approximately 70 Canadian visa options available to foreign nationals who want to live in Canada. Due to its immigrant-friendly approach, Canada has become a multicultural, multilingual melting pot, with over 30 ethnic communities that consist of 100,000+ people and 11 others consisting of a million people or so.
Aside from the beautiful lakes, majestic mountains and peaceful forests found throughout Canada, it also features several practical and financial benefits to its citizens and residents, including immigrants. In fact, Canada prides itself on having one of the strongest economies in the world, boasting the 10th largest Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Canada is also a member of the Group of 7 (G-7) developed countries with the most advanced economies, the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD), and is ranked as one of the most prosperous countries in the world. The country’s banking system is considered the bedrock of its robust economy and has been considered the most stable banking system around the world for 7 consecutive years by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Due to this financial security, Canada can offer a high quality of life for its residents. In fact, Canada was ranked the #1 country with the best quality of life in 2020 and also named the #2 best place to live overall. Furthermore, Vancouver has been rated as the best city in North America for quality of life, while Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto have been listed among the top 10 most livable cities in the world for the past several years in a row!
As an immigrant-friendly, multicultural country, where 22% of the population is foreign-born, it goes without saying that immigrating to Canada is relatively easy. It’s one of the few nations that accepts immigrants from all around the world, thus making the requirements needed to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency a bit easier than other countries (such as the United States which has many restrictions). As mentioned earlier, there are several Canadian immigration programs designed for different types of immigrants (for example, skilled foreign workers, families, refugees, etc.). It is also easier to become a Canadian citizen than it is for immigrants to become naturalized citizens of other countries. For example, a Canadian Permanent Resident only has to live in Canada for three years during a five-year time period and satisfy other criteria to become a Canadian citizen, whereas an immigrant has to live in the USA for five years and meet other requirements to become an American citizen. Thus, moving to Canada, where a majority of the population as well as the government have a positive attitude toward immigrants, and where newcomers are given great opportunities, is the obvious choice for anyone seeking a better future in a different country.
Due to the country’s steadily growing elderly population, most of Canada’s working individuals are rapidly leaving the workforce. It has been estimated that approximately 9 million Canadian workers will retire this decade. In addition to filling an average of 900,000 jobs in Canada each year that will be left vacant by retiring Baby Boomers, the country’s growing economy continues to produce new Canadian jobs that will need qualified workers. This means that you can have more opportunities to find jobs in Canada, not to mention the higher your chances of getting that job you’ve always been dreaming of. Compared to most countries that require you to have a job before you’re allowed to apply for a visa, you are allowed to move to Canada without having a job if you meet all of the requirements for Canadian immigration. Of course, if you can get a qualifying Canadian job offer in advance, you may be able to receive more points for certain points-based immigration programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). You could also get more points on the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System and receive an Invitation to Apply, depending on your occupation and the Canadian immigration program you are applying for.
According to the Global Peace Index (GPI), Canada is ranked as one of the safest place to live in the world. This is mainly because of the country’s very low crime rates, low military action, as well as a peaceful government and its geographic location (it has only one neighbor, which is also its top trading partner – the United States). People living in Canada are also known for generally being very friendly, including toward newcomers. Several cities, such as Saguenay in Quebec and St. Catherines in Ontario, are considered to be among the top ten safest cities in Canada. However, the other cities and provinces throughout the country are deemed relatively safe as well. Apart from safety, Canada also offers public healthcare to all its permanent residents and citizens for free or at a subsidized cost. As soon as you get a Health Insurance Card in the province where you will live in Canada, you can then gain access to all the benefits that the country’s free public healthcare has to offer. As one of the world’s most peaceful and prosperous countries, and with universal healthcare, it makes sense that people who live in Canada have one of the longest average life spans of any country (82.52 years).
Canada has been described as the world’s “education superpower” because it has the highest percentage of working-age adults with a post-secondary education (55% in Canada compared with an OECD average of 35%); Canada ranks among the top 10 countries for the PISA scores its students achieve for math, reading and science; and several Canadian universities are listed each year among the top 100 best universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and US News & World Report’s Best Global University Rankings. In fact, US News & World Report ranked Canada the world’s #3 best country overall for education in 2020, after the US and UK. As soon as you move to Canada, the government will help you enroll your children in its high-quality free public education program in your local area. You may be interested to know that the children of immigrants who have been living in Canada for three years score just as well on the PISA tests as children of the same age who were born in Canada. This indicates that immigrant children adjust well to living in Canada in a relatively short period of time, including children who move to Canada without a high level of English or French language skills. Canada is one of a small number of countries where this occurs and it has been attributed in part to the equal opportunity that immigrant children receive in schools all across Canada.
Needless to say, Canada is home to some of the greatest benefits you can ever get as an immigrant. Canada is an immigrant-friendly country with a high quality of life, great job opportunities, healthy environment, highly-rated education system, plus the government, businesses and Canadian people overwhelmingly support immigrants and immigration. It’s even relatively quick and simple for an immigrant to become a Canadian citizen! As a Permanent Resident of Canada, you can start a business, buy a home, sponsor family members for a Canadian visa, and travel to and from Canada as often as you like. Immigrants are free to travel throughout Canada as well, enjoy its abundant beauty, and experience freedom and equality in one of the world’s most tolerant countries. When you consider all of the many opportunities available to you and your family living in Canada, the question is not “Why Canada?” The question is, “Why not Canada, yet?” So, if you’re considering moving to Canada, you might as well do it now and start enjoying the many benefits of Canadian Permanent Residency as soon as possible!
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