For several years now, Canada has been accepting about quarter of a million new Permanent Residents each year.
For people with skills, work experience and a good standard of English or French, qualifying for residence is not a huge barrier.
Once accepted, you can take pleasure from the fact that you will be free to live permanently in a country consistently rated by the UN as the world’s best country to live in.
Furthermore, Canada is the world’s second biggest country, rich in natural resources including oil reserves second only to Saudi Arabia.
Despite the abundance of natural wealth, real estate in most Canadian locations has traditionally been cheap compared with other developed countries. A combination of a rising currency and rapidly rising real estate prices means this is no longer the case in much of Canada.
If you are bringing children to Canada, it’s likely their education will be important to you.
The OECD compared the performance of school students in 65 countries in mathematics, reading and science.
Students in Canadian schools performed better than students from any other English speaking country. “What Students Know and Can Do.” (pdf)
Canada’s health care is publicly (tax-payer) funded: payment is generally not required for medical treatment, although, depending on the province you live in, it’s probable you’ll pay for pharmaceuticals and dental care.
Canada’s 35 million residents enjoy virtually unlimited recreational opportunities, and you might be forgiven for thinking you have found your dream location.
Unfortunately, for many migrants, Canada has been more of a nightmare than a dream.
The Canadian government is aware that many migrants have struggled economically in Canada, and it is now striving to improve migrant outcomes.
So, although Canada is a fantastic choice for most people, it’s not for everyone.
We do try reflect this fairly by presenting the cons as well as the pros.