You might think that I am crazy to say this, and you want to know if a cold country with a population of only 35 million can immigrate better than a powerful superpower with a population of 318 million? Don’t get me wrong. The United States is a great country of immigrants. Usually, when I say “I want to go abroad”, people will ask: “Which state in the United States?” Therefore, yes, the United States is the most favored country among immigrants from all over the world. no doubt. However, there are several reasons why I choose to come to Canada, why I would rather live in Canada than in the United States. Let’s see what they are:
1) Friendly immigration policy:
People crossing the two borders can easily tell you the difference between the airport itself. Yes, Canada’s immigration policy is much simpler and more friendly than the US policy. Compared with the United States, it is relatively easy to obtain Canadian study permits, work permits, tourist visas, permanent residents (PR), and even citizenship. Compared with the United States, Canada’s procedures and required documents for any of the above are much simpler.
Fragment: Do you know that your spouse can work in Canada even if you have a study/work permit? Try it in the United States!
2) Better healthcare system:
Canada’s healthcare system is one of the best publicly funded healthcare systems in the world. Everyone can enjoy the same level of medical services regardless of their financial status. Not only that, according to the Canadian Health Act, if you are a Canadian resident, then almost everything medically necessary will be treated for free. Don’t get me wrong, you must pay monthly premiums following provincial or regional health insurance. Believe me, the monthly premiums you pay in Canada are very reasonable, far from the premiums people pay in the United States. In British Columbia, you will be treated even if you have not paid health insurance premiums in recent months (however, they can charge premiums later). I mean, you will not be denied treatment because you are not insured.
Fragment: Know that all necessary basic medical and surgical services are included, and the monthly insurance premium is $70. Try it in the United States!
3) Affordable education system:
Canada’s education system is largely public (read as “free”), and each child must go to school between 5 to 16 or 18 years old, depending on where they live province. You can choose to place your child in a public school (free education) or a private school that must pay. Don’t mistakenly think that public education is substandard or only targeted at poor children, as in many countries in the world. According to Staten data, in 2010/2011, nearly 95% of children enrolled in primary and secondary schools were in public schools. Even if your child finishes high school, the money you spend on his/her college/university education may be much less than the money you spend on comparable high-quality education in the United States.
Fragment: According to a study by HSBC Bank Canada, the average tuition fee for international students (based on the fees of the top ten universities in Canada) is 18,474 Canadian dollars. Try it in the United States!
4) Better security:
Unlike the United States, Canada does not have a gun culture. Most states in the United States have regulations that allow ordinary people to carry hidden weapons. When was the last time you heard about a shooting in an American university where a boy shot his teacher and other classmates? Not long ago, right? But not in Canada. Canada has strict firearms regulations. Through proper background checks, face-to-face interviews, and safety training, firearms licenses can be managed well.
Fragment: In most parts of Canada, even if it is 2 am, you will be absolutely safe on the bus/train. Try it in the United States!
5) A better overall lifestyle:
According to the OECD’s “Better Living Index”, lifestyle is different for different people, but it includes housing, income, work, community, education, environment, community participation, health, life satisfaction, safety, and work. balance. Except for housing and income, the United States scores lower than Canada in all other areas. When I compare the 4 factors that I think are important to my lifestyle, namely health, life satisfaction, safety, and work-life balance (please visit oecdbetterlifeindex.org to find a better life index for different age groups ).