What are some benefits to living in canada?
I live in NY and am looking to move but just gathering lots of opinions and options for different places, preferably Canada because I love ice hockey :) Any advice is appreciated, thank you..
- Rona LachatLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
Before pursuing information to move take this simple little assessment.
It will quickly show you how your current skills are towards getting a visa for Canada. What are the benefits of living in Canada. The list can be filled with this or that statistic. Example the crime rate is less. If you are the victim you really do not care about the rate. What happens next is also important is the crime solved, is the the criminal punished,is there help for the victim of a crime.
Medical care is cheaper in Canada it is also at a different level nationally it is a little unfair to compare medical service in a small town to that in the big city. Part of this is just geography whee do you live in relation to where the health care is. The specialist is in the big city which could be hundreds of miles away. There are not many big cities in Canada there is also not a lot of people spread over great distances in the rural areas.
Canada has many social programs like they have in the US like welfare,student loans and hundreds of others. In this Canada differs a bit in philosophy of care. The community cares for each other vs the US you are an individual and just suck it up.
Not everyone in Canada has the good life but from what I see those at the lower end are better off than their US equals. Canada does not have massive feeding programs in schools to feed the children because they are not fed at home.Ridiculous menu rules for children's meals where Ketchup is considered a vegetable are unheard of.
US jails and Prisons are run by private business to make a PROFIT they are paid a per day amount per prisoner. To make the most money they need the facility FULL
Jails in Canada are not run to make profit but part of the service is providing things so that the person does not repeat their crime and can return to society is it perfect NO.
The political system is much different in Canada there are more political parties you do not vote just party A or B and split the country you have the added C and D to give a point somewhere in the middle. Political games are still played but not to the level recently displayed in the US.
If a budget is not passed in Canada the entire government must resign and a new election is called.
Politicians do not want extra elections so they tend to settle on some compromise.
Another feature of Canada is there are a lot less lawyers and our laws are not as complicated.
When comparing costs and wages remember the other non dollar things in your day to day life. Do you need bars on your windows to keep out the bad guy. Can you walk to the grocery store safely can your children walk to school unescorted.
On your wages can you buy decent food get a comfortable place to live and have a little left over to have some fun with?
While hockey is played in even the smallest towns do not base your move on playing a game once or twice a week.
What do you want for yourself in five years ten years twenty years ahead go to where you think that is a reasonable chance of it happening.
You will have great difficulty MOVING to Canada before you decide if this is a route to pursue please come for an extended visit and come and see life in Canada not just the tourist spots Walk down the streets of a residential neighbourhood visit a community hockey rink and the local sports centre.
Do a little shopping in the local stores not the Brand name chain place. Visit the local library or go to the local school campus.
YOU need to form your own opinions of what is good for you. Is this the place for me. Canada like the US is a huge country . Life in New York varies from place to place be it Buffalo,Albany,Ithaca or Yonkers.Have you ever looked at North Dakota they play hockey there and the economy is doing well.
Come to Canada if can and want to. It is different than the US in many small things. It is the same in many others just like moving to a different town or state in the US.
Because of your interest in hockey. You can see here it is played at all levels in Canada.
Believe in yourself work on your job skills and education it is not easy to move or immigrate but it can be done.
- RuthLv 58 years ago
Universal health care is a really good benefit. It is not free, as is commonly misperceived, but is paid for from the high taxes we remit to the government. However, Canadians do not mind their tax money going to this incalculably valuable program.
Canada is not nearly as globally reviled as the US. Canadians are just not that into jingoistic nationalism - you won't see Canadian flags hanging from every house on the street.
Those are just a couple of quick benefits but the one that is really appreciated is that Canada only accepts the most qualified applicants for immigration. If you, yourself, were thinking of trying to immigrate to Canada you should know that the skilled worker category is closed at this time so that immigration officials can wade through and process the huge number of applications that are already being considered. So, if you are thinking about moving to Canada, take the time you have now to make yourself as qualified as possible. Upgrade your work skills, your education and make sure you are able to save enough money to cover the costs of applying and for your living expenses for the first few months. Canada is more expensive to live in, overall, so having enough money, job skills and education in a field that is in demand plus a job offer from a company will help out a lot.
- Jim BLv 78 years ago
Just "wanting to go to Canada " is NOT enough, to get Canadian Government approval, for your Immigration application.
You WILL need either a 4 year University degree, AND 3 years of actual professional working experience in YOUR field of training.............OR be a State certified skilled trades worker, with again 3 years of working experience behind you.
If you don't have either of those educational levels, you won't score high enough to be approved.
READ THIS. It is the main Government of Canada Immigration information website.
If you were able to get approval, it would take about two years to be completed, so don't pack your bags just yet.
- SteveNLv 78 years ago
The first thing you should do is see if you are ALLOWED to move to Canada. Our immigration services are pretty strict right now and have made it very difficult for anyone to just decide to up and move here. You have to have lots of money, or skills that are in demand, or immediate relatives willing to sponsor you. Otherwise, getting in to live permanently will be very difficult. You should check out the requirements at this website:
Now assuming that you COULD gain permanent residency, here are a few benefits that I see for living in Canada.
1) Biggest advantage is probably our universal healthcare system. Once you qualify, you receive a health care card and can go to any public clinic or hospital and receive treatment for injuries, and short or long term illnesses. People say it's a free service. Not true, as every Canadian citizen pays for it through the taxes we pay. You may want to review this article. (NOTE: They claim to be unbiased, but I always push people to read from more than one source and decide for themselves about the accuracy versus the rhetoric.)
2) Lower crime rates. Crime rates in US cities (especially violent crime) tend to be higher than in Canadian ones (based on per 100K). While NYC has seen a pretty steady decline in viloent crimes since 1990, the 2010 murder rate was still 6.4 per 100K. In 2010, the city in Canada with the highest murder rate was Thunder Bay, Ontario and its rate was 4.2 per 100K. The major urban centres were much lower homicide rates...Toronto (1.4), Calgary (1.2), Edmonton (2.7), Vancouver (1.5), Montreal (1.3), and Halifax (2.7).
3) If you want a place with four real seasons, Canada is the place. We can get into the 90-95F range in some cities during the summer, and as low as -20-30F in some areas during winter. We have the same weather as Seattle, Green Bay, or Detroit depending on where in Canada you choose to live. In your case, I would compare our climate to what you find in upstate NY places like Albany or Lake Placid.
4) Canada is right next to USA. You pretty much see all the same TV shows, hear much of the same music, many of the same restaurants and stores, so there is no major culture shock when living here. You don't have to give up US citizenship if you ever want to become a Canadian citizen, and it is fairly simple to go back to USA to visit friends or relatives any time you would want to.
I guess it really depends on WHY you want to move to Canada. You have to make a list of the things you like about America, and the things you don't like. Then it is a simple pro/con list of what you may feel is better or worse about Canada.
Remember the saying...the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Canada is not this utopia you may be expecting. It is expensive to travel by train or plane anywhere here. Gas is almost $2 more per gallon than in the States. Food is more expensive. Take a look on the back of any book or calendar and see the Canadian price they charge just for transporting the goods up across the border. And we are not immune to scandals and partisan politics. We have all sorts of stories of government waste at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels.
Ultimately, I guess it comes down to your neighborhood, your lifestyle, and how open you are to a change.
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- Anonymous5 years ago
It's cold enough there to think you're living in a fridge.
- Anonymous8 years ago
Im Canadian and Canada sucks