Did you know that in 2019, more than 330,800 people made the move to Canada and Canada wants to invite more than 1.3 Million immigrants by 2021?
Why do so many people choose to live in Canada? I am here to tell you and by the end of the post, I will show you a fast and easy route to Canada to work and live.
Before we go into this post, I want to be clear that I am not a travel agent or consultant, I am just someone who uses my platform to share information to help others because I personally travelled overseas from Nigeria in 2015 and it has changed my life, So, I share information to help others make their own decisions.
Here are the top 9 reasons that people want to come to Canada.
- Reason 1 It’s safe
- Reason 2 It has great immigration programs
- Reason 3 It has a free public schooling system for all residents
- Reason 4 It has fantastic job opportunities
- Reason 5 It believes in freedom
- Reason 6 Great economic opportunity
- Reason 7 Public healthcare is free
- Reason 8 Become a Canadian citizen within 3 years (or faster depending on the visa)
- Reason 9 It’s multicultural and welcoming to newcomers
1. Canada is Rated One of the Safest Places to Live in!
Do you have to worry about crime where you live? Do you worry when you go out at night or with your family? This is not a problem in Canada. According to the Global Peace Index (GPI), Canada is one of the safest places to live.
The country came in at number six, scoring 1.381 in 2018 in the GPI. Lower crime rates, a peaceful political government and low military action means that Canada has become a mainstay for peaceful living.
Almost Zero corruption – According to the latest study by the Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, Canada’s corruption rate is the ninth lowest in the world, which explains why almost every government service in the country is exemplary—cleanliness, education, insurance, name it.
2. Canada Wants to Invite 1.3 Million Immigrants by 2021
Canada has one of the largest number of visa options to help immigrants move to Canada! Currently, there are over 70 immigration options that are on offer across the different provinces and territories.
Canada has continually boosted its immigration targets for each year and this year has broken past year immigration records for the most Invitations to Apply (ITAs) ever.
The country even increased the number of sponsorship programs, such as the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship program, to help you get the rest of your family to Canada. Not only that but certain visas are designed for specific jobs such as the BC Semi Skilled category that lets the province select workers who want to work in particlar provinces become permanent residents.
3. Free Public Schooling
No matter where you live in Canada, as a resident, your children have access to free public education from the time they are five to around the age of 19 depending on the province or territory.
When you arrive in Canada as a newcomer, you can be assisted to enroll your children for free public education in your local area. Since the country is so welcoming, these services will also extend to helping you start a new bank account and getting a tax number to help with finding accommodation.
There are approximately 15,500 elementary and secondary schools across Canada. You are bound to find the perfect one for your loved ones.
4. Job opportunities for everyone
Did you know that Canada’s unemployment rate hit an all time low that hasn’t been seen since the 1970’s? Because the country has a steadily growing elderly population, many of the residents are reaching retirement age and leaving the workforce. What does this mean for you? More chances to get that dream job in Canada.
Because of the number of retiring professionals, the salaries in certain job markets have increased exponentially.
Obtaining a Canadian visa here is now faster and easier as the government does its best to eliminate bureaucratic obstacles, which discouraged many applicants from considering the country in the past.
Do you have different views to your country’s political or religious parties? Want to demand equal pay? Canada is that country.
Thanks to a law under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, all residents and citizens in Canada are treated equally under the law and are to be protected against discrimination in all its forms whether in the workforce or the streets.
Canada loves to celebrate its freedom and is constantly trying to make an egalitarian society where all can prosper. Have something to protest? Feel free. Canada will allow you to express your ideas and opinions – that is what freedom is.
6. Booming Economy
Did you know that Canada is one of the G7 economies? Together with France, Germany, Italy, Japan, U.K. and the U.S.A, Canada forms part of the strongest economies of the world.
With a strong economy like this, and with a relatively low corruption rate, the country will remain one of the most enticing places to live. Also, a strong economy is a clear indication that the government is capable of providing all its citizens’ needs.
This partnered with lower interest and inflation rates have meant that many residents of Canada can now afford to buy their own homes. It may comes as surprise to some, but Canada has a savings program where first time home owners can use a special account to save for their dream home!
7. Public Healthcare is Free
Yes, you heard right, public healthcare in Canada is free to all residents and citizens. The average Canadian is entitled to at least $6,500 a year to help keep themselves healthy!
You can apply for medical aid once you have your Health Insurance Card which proves that you are a member of the community and can access all the benefits as a resident. When you arrive in Canada as a permanent resident, it can take around three months to get your Health Insurance Card so just remember that you should get some additional health insurance in the meanwhile.
All provinces and territories in Canada will provide free emergency services even if you don’t have a health card. You will be transported to the nearest hospital in case of emergencies.
Did we also mention that those in medial positions are some of the best paid occupations. Working as a GP can earn you an average of $146,000 a year in Canada! There are even certain visa programs that help medical professionals immigrate to certain provinces!
8. Easy to Become a Canadian Citizen
Canada is one of the few countries that doesn’t just want temporary workers, it wants citizens from around the world. This means that it has loosened the requirements needed to apply to become a citizen of the country.
The C6 Bill introduced in 2017 has helped make applying for citizenship even easier for immigrants. Applicants only have to live in the country for three years in a five year period instead of four years now to qualify.
Additionally, the country lowered the age needed to apply for citizenship where dependants aged 18 can apply for citizenship without a guardian’s permission.
Canada is also happy to help you become a citizen and will give you practice tests for your citizenship exam. Even if you do not pass the first time, you can still apply another two times, so don’t worry.
9. Multicultural and Welcoming to Newcomers
Canada is a country created by immigrants and in case you didn’t know, 23% of its population are immigrants themselves!
“Thanks in great part to the newcomers we have welcomed throughout our history, Canada has developed into the strong and vibrant country we all enjoy,” said Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC).
This mindset is also held by the local government that has helped immigrants make the country their real home.
Canada’s friendly stance towards new residents comes as many other Western nations, including the United States, are adopting more restrictive immigration policies.
Considering Moving to Canada?
For those who plan to make Canada their new home, I have created a very short video that will show you exactly how to tap into this and do the process yourself from the comfort of your home. This is from my years of experience being overseas, blogging about it and helping others.
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