THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE
UGLY THINGS OF LIVING IN CANADA
Moving with your family from your native country to begin a new
life in Canada, is perhaps, one of the most important decisions
to take in your life. This decision must be evaluated very
carefully, taking into account all the available information and
REAL judgment elements (not myths, supposed thoughts or wrong
Our purpose in this website is to show you information and
vision from different angles of the immigration process in
Canada for Professionals and Skilled Workers.
NOTE: Our comments are based on the experience and results
obtained for other skilled workers and they are aimed to inform
you about the life in Canada for the very point of view of an
immigrant. This information and our opinions have to be taken
only as a reference and we shall not take any responsibility for
the results obtained in your personal case.
THE GOOD THINGS OF
LIVING IN CANADA.
In today’s world
there are very little possibilities for a professional or worker from a
third world country to establish and LEGALLY live, with permanent resident
visa, in a developed country. Only Canada, Australia and New Zealand openly
offer this possibility, through organized immigration programs.
Canada is one of the
countries with crime and delinquency lower rate in the world. Here you can
live knowing that you and your family shall not be robbed or abused by
criminals, while this kind of episodes is common in most cities of the
world. People and property respect is rule number one for Canadians, thus
everybody live in a safely and quiet environment.
Dialing #911 all over
the country, you will receive immediate attention in case of emergency from
police, medical emergency, ambulance, accidents or any other help needed in
Due to its strategic
position, near USA and its close relationship with Commonwealth countries
(England, Australia etc) Canada has a position that let it maintain its
solid economy. Besides, due to Canadian natural resources and industrialized
agriculture, the country has been an important food supplier for many
countries in the world.
PROTECTION FROM THE STATE
Few countries in the
world support their citizens when they need it as Canada. Even in critical
illnesses cases or unemployment, Canada will always help every family to
have basic elements, through the state or private organizations. Food, home,
The following are
some of the social protection programs for Canadian residents:
● Monthly allowance
for each child under 18.
● Economic help for
people older than 65 with low income.
● Economic help for
families with low income or
● Economic help for
Canada is a country
with a great variety of fauna and flora, with many lakes and national parks.
From spring to fall, Canadians all over the country enjoy nature with many
outdoors activities: Camping, fishing, jogging, sailing, sports, etc, or
simply by visiting towns and regions. During the winter, recreational
activities in the snow as sky, skating, hockey etc are very popular.
The air is always
fresh and clean due to the abundance of trees and green zones in all
Canadian cities, A good example to illustrate this point is the huge
quantity of fruits (apples, pears etc) in the trees or falling by the end of
the summer and rest in gardens, parks, roads, ways and green public zones in
all Canadian provinces.
In all Canadian
cities, even in the larger ones, is very common to find in gardens and green
zones, wild animals adapted to city life which live together with Canadians,
like squirrels, raccoons, skunks, weasels and Canadian ducks etc. Near the
cities and in the highways transit signals alerting drivers of the presence
of deer, stags, caribou, reindeer etc. are very frequent.
Canada shall need
thousands of skilled workers in the next 10 years, mainly for two reasons:
First for the solid and growing economy and second, because of the large
portion of the citizens are retiring at 65 and there are not young people to
replace them at working market.
Besides, there is no
age discrimination (by law, nobody shall ask you your age nor you will have
to write it down). So every person younger than 65 has the same
Primary (1 to 6
grades) and secondary (7 to 12 grades) education are obligatory and free for
all the children in Canada. More than 90% of the school population goes to
the public school system, and quality level is controlled every year through
official exams. This guarantees that all the students in Canada have the
same education and opportunities level, no matter their economic, social or
Many times, young
immigrant children, educated in the Canadian system, with merely one or two
years of College education, get easily good jobs with good salaries (even
better than most of the immigrant professionals). As we have repeated
several times in this book, the key to get a job with a decent salary in
Canada is to have a good level of English, and a Canadian degree,
certificate or license. Immigrant children shall get these with no
For those who study a
professional career in a Canadian University, future shall be even shiner,
since in many professions they will not have to compete with professional
immigrants (doctors, dentists, lawyers, professors etc).
Besides, the second
generation of immigrants (children of the first immigrant) may have another
advantage in their academic or professional formation, even over many
Canadian. They will speak English or French and they will be able to speak
their native language (Spanish), which will be very useful, especially to
get jobs in a multinational company or in the government.
Due to its geographic
position, Canada has four seasons well delimited, so Canadians are in
changing constantly of activities, uses, clothes, sports, food etc. This
climatic variety, allows children, for example to diversify sports and
physical, sports and cultural activities.
STANDARD OF LIFE
Canada is one of the
countries in the world with highest standard of live, higher than USA and
many European countries. Per capita annual income is over $38.000 dollars.
RESPECT TO THE IMMIGRANT
Canada is a nation
built by immigrant families from all over the world, so it is very common to
receive and integrate new immigrants. Respect for uses and peoples freedom
is a fundamental rule of the Canadian society. With the Permanent Resident
Visa, the immigrant acquires the same rights than other Canadian citizens
OPPORTUNITIES WITHOUT AGE
In many countries,
with skilled labour force of young people, older people have many troubles to
find work because of the age. In Canada, there is no age discrimination, and
the government has rules to protect older people. Which is important to get
a job is to be qualified to do it well, no matter the age, sex or religion,
FUTURE OF YOUR KIDS
In Canada there are
good job possibilities for all, including immigrants, and persons born in
the country. Nevertheless, those who have Canadian education and perfectly
speak English and French will naturally have better opportunities to get a
job, in private companies or in the government.
FUTURE CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
After three years of
residence, the immigrant may apply for the citizenship and the Canadian
passport. With this passport you will be able to enter and exit without a
visitor visa many countries in the world, including USA and European Union
Countries. Canadians are welcomed in most parts of the world and they are
known for their impartial, pacific and humanitarian character.
passport you will also be allowed to work in other countries as USA, England
and Australia, with which Canadian government has especial agreements.
Food in Canada is
cheap and of good quality. There is a great variety of products of the
country (fruits, cereals, beef, milk) but it is also common to find the best
products of many countries of the world at good prices in supermarkets all
over the country.
More over, there is a
recommendation from the Health Ministry to the immigrants to control their
diet and health especially during the first months in Canada to avoid
gaining weight (very frequent especially in women) consuming new products
that are easy to find and cheap in Canada. Another reason for this situation
is the lack of outdoor exercise during the winter and cold season (end of
fall until spring).
In general cost of
food and related products is low in Canada. A Canadian family of 4 (2 adults
and 2 kids) with average income expends less than 10 % of their total annual
income in food. In many countries, this average is between 20 % and 35 %,
depending on the income per capita of the country.
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