Canadians are a very open and tolerant people. Canada has long prided itself on being a multicultural nation that values inclusion, opening its borders to refugees and immigrants, no matter their ethnicity or religion. Though Canada does not claim that racism doesn’t exist in its shores or that Canada is innocent when it comes to discriminatory attitudes, by and large you won’t feel it in your daily life. As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once said in a speech, “In Canada, we see diversity as a source of strength, not weakness. Our country is strong not in spite of our differences, but because of them
2. Free primary and secondary education and subsidized post-secondary education.
Canada is one of the top most educated countries in the world with a percentage of 52.6% in the tertiary education population as of 2017. This is mostly due to the government’s high level of prioritization when it comes to education. However, a big drawback for some people especially international students, unless you are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada, you pay at least three times more fees in colleges and universities and the bitter truth that comes along with it is that you might find that there are not many jobs for new graduates and post-graduates even though the unemployment rate in Canada is very low at just 6.6%.
3. Free health care.
Not many countries offer publicly funded free health care that provides coverage to all people across their own country (USA ahem ahem) and this is actually one of the top reasons why most people would want to go to Canada. In Canada, the health care is administered on a provincial or territorial basis within the guidelines set by the federal government however, some citizens might argue that it is not absolutely free and not many things are covered under it and because it is free for everyone, wait times can get very very long.
4. Canada has often been rated as one of the best country to live in.
It is also one of the most peaceful country to live in as it ranks number 7th in the Global Peace Index (GPI) report from the Institute of Economics and Peace with an overall GPI score of 1.287. The Canadian government considers the security of citizens as one of the core elements of a good nation and basically builds everything up from there. Canada has a very low homicide and crime rate with a life satisfaction score of 7.6 out of 10 according to the report of the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development). Canadians also show a significant trust in their government based on their voter turnout percentage of 61%. Among those, Canadian cities like Vancouver and Toronto also rank among the best cities to live in.
5. Universal Child Care Benefit or the Canada Child Tax Benefit.
Canada is one of the top places to raise your children not just because it is one of the safest place to live in but also because the federal and provincial governments give monthly child care benefits to children. The Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) was introduced back in 2006 and was designed to help Canadian families as they try to balance work and family life by supporting their child care choices through direct financial support. Likewise, the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCB) is a monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age. However, kindness is often abused and so we have seen many immigrant families exploit this privilege by having many children so that they can get off of work and just live off of child welfare.
6. Pension plan and old-age pension.
Canada offers one of the best pension support in the world to its citizens. The Canadian pension plan provides its contributors and their families with partial replacement of their earnings in the case of retirement, disability, or death and the average Canadian citizen can avail of pension benefits from the age of 60 but it is optimal at 65. However, the full old-age security pension (OAS) benefits is only available to most Canadians 65 years of age or older with an individual income of less than $114,815 and have lived in Canada for at least 20 years after the age of 18.
7. Social Welfare.
For those who are unable to find employment or unable to support themselves, Canada has tons of career development services, employment services for new immigrants among many other things. Canada also has major welfare state programs set up to help people like the Social Assistance, the Canada Child Tax Benefit, Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement, Employment Insurance, and many other social housing and social services to help starting immigrants and even struggling citizens.
8. Unemployment Benefits.
If you ever find yourself in a situation where you lost your job, Canada has one of the best unemployment benefits or Employment Insurance (EI). Employment Insurance is provides regular benefits to individuals who lost their jobs through no fault of their own (for example, due to shortage of work, seasonal work, or mass lay-offs) and are also available for individuals who are able to do work, but can’t find a job. This benefit may last up to six months to the tune of 60% of the last wage drawn in the last job you worked on for at least six months.
9. Canada is one the most beautiful country on earth.
If you are someone who is motivated to move because of how beautiful a place is, well you won’t be wrong if you move to the second most beautiful country in the world. Second only to Scotland, Canada, the home of the lumberjacks, beavers, maple syrup and the Canadian Rockies, can definitely blow you away through its mixture of raw beauty and majestic landscapes among many other sceneries. And you thought Canada only had Justin Bieber?
Because Canada worked out its international relationships with other nations some centuries ago, you can virtually visit any country if you hold a Canadian passport but most importantly, you have a visa-free access to our close and neighbouring country nicknamed the “New World”, the United States of America. Even though Canada is doubtlessly the True North, having a close bonding relationship with a world superpower benefits Canadians and hey, being able to step in and out of America is just one of the many benefits that we have.