10 things to know before moving to Canada
Having second thoughts about moving to Canada? Read on for just some of the ways living in the ‘Great White North’ will change your life for the better:
1. Vast beauty
The second largest country in the world, Canada is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Arctic Ocean to the north.
2. Value for money
Living expenses, including the cost of tuition, are far less in Canada than the UK or the US, yet the standard of living is extremely high.
3. Low population density
Considering it is so large, you may find it surprising that only 36 million people inhabit Canada, giving it one of the lowest population densities of any country in the world.
4. Great place to travel
The Canadian landscape is famous for having a large number of lakes, mountains, islands and forests. About a fifth of the world’s freshwater is in Canada, including more than two million lakes.
5. Job opportunities
Canada has a very strong economy with a low unemployment rate of around only five per cent. Many cities and provinces have labour shortages in important industries, meaning there are lots of opportunities for international students.
6. Study options
International students are spoilt for choice, with countless language schools, colleges and universities offering a top-class education. No fewer than 12 Canadian universities are listed in the Times Higher Education Supplement Top 200.
7. Supportive environment
Its welcoming attitude towards people from all across the world means Canada hosts more than 250,000 international students.
8. A living dream
Aside from its scenic beauty, Canada is one of the world’s cleanest nations, with superb healthcare and great transportation. Furthermore, it is extremely safe and politically stable.
9. Laid back lifestyle
Canadians have a global reputation for being laid back and polite, plus there is a comparatively low crime rate.
10. Cosmopolitan culture
Canada is traditionally a country of immigrants and its diversity makes it a unique melting pot of cultures. Anyone visiting for the first time is guaranteed to experience new cultures and lifestyles.