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Top 8 things you DIDN’T KNOW before moving to Canada


Top 8 things you DIDN’T KNOW before moving to Canada by Frank C.

I found a very interesting article written a long time ago but still worthy to share. This is not to discourage anyone but it is a reality check of immigrants’ lives. It is not yet outdated, it is still happening around here in Canada and I think every immigrant must be aware of it. Don’t be mad at me because I’m not the author, I’ll just share it and give my rational response at the end. The writer has a point but took his migration here negatively. You can still find this article at Canada forums. So here it is:

Top 8 Reasons Not to Immigrate to Canada written by an immigrant from India I found at

  1. Discriminatory and Dishonest Immigration System.

Immigration to Canada is based on a point system, obtained with your education, qualifications and job experience. Points are good enough for immigration, but in Canada, they are not good enough to get a job in your field. Amazing, how the credentials that qualify you to come to Canada are the same credentials that don’t qualify you for your profession in Canada. The reason is, Canada only wants immigrants to do the labor jobs – pizza delivery, driving taxis, factory work etc.

  1. Out Of Control Cost Of Living.

From rent, to utility bills, to shopping, to phone, internet and cable bills, to gas, to car insurance, to eating out, to basically anything you have to pay for or buy, the cost of living in Canada has become astronomical. Recent immigrants are astonished as to how expensive everything is. It is estimated that compared to most countries around the world, the cost of living in Canada is on average five times greater.

  1. Health Care Crisis.

Practicing physicians in Canada are in a shortage, 1 in 4 Canadians cannot get a family doctor. Canadian doctors are leaving to move permanently to the United States. Statistics Canada and the Canadian Medical Association both have identified that for every 1 American doctor that moves to Canada, 19 (nineteen) Canadian doctors move to the United States! Doctors in Canada are overworked and underpaid, and there is a cap on their salaries.

  1. Very High Taxes.

Yes, you have the GST, the PST, totaling 15%, on practically everything you purchase and many other taxes taken out of our weekly paycheck. You have to pay a whopping amount to the government, out of your hard earned salary, so that the government can turn around and give it to beer drinking, hockey watching welfare bums. Fair? It does not matter, it’s Canada.

  1. Money Hungry Government.

Canadian Embassies around the world lie to foreigners, painting this picture that Canada is Utopia, because they want them to come to Canada. Why? Because foreigners bring money! So after being deceived, these foreigners come. They must bring with them at least $10,000. Canada has an immigration quota of 250,000 per year. So please do the math, 250,000 multiplied by $10,000 each equals a whopping 2.5 Billion dollars that Canada gains from immigrants every year.

  1. No Culture.

Unlike almost every other country in the world, Canada has no culture. Actually American culture is what dominates Canada. When was the last time you had some ‘Canadian’ food? There are no Canadian traditions and there is no national identity. What does it even mean to call yourself a ‘Canadian’. . .nothing really. People living in Canada, still identify themselves with the country they ‘originally’ came from.

  1. Worst Weather.

Yes, Canada has the worst weather conditions of any country in the world. Freezing cold temperatures, snow, ice, hail, winds, storms etc. From the Prairie provinces to the Maritimes, from the Territories to southern Ontario, the weather is so horrific and disgusting that many Canadians leave Canada simply because of this reason alone.

  1. No Jobs.

Yes, coast to coast, there are no jobs. Immigrants are highly qualified (MD’s, PhD’s, Lawyers, Engineers etc.) but they are driving taxi cabs, delivering pizza’s or working in factories. Even people with bachelors degrees from Canadian Universities cannot find jobs after graduation. This is the tragedy associated with immigration to Canada. I feel sorry for those immigrants who are stuck in Canada for the rest of their lives. It is indeed a very sad and hopeless future.

Are those things entire true? Shockingly, some of it is true. Here’s my response per item:

  1. Discriminatory and Dishonest Immigration System. It is really hard for the regulated professions to get back on their field than the typical degrees. Upgrading and licensing is costly for new immigrants. If they can’t afford it and no time doing it, they try to change career paths. That is why the Immigration required having settlement funds. That will be a fund to start a new life or a good career here. Otherwise, most will be forced to get survival jobs.


  1. Out Of Control Cost Of Living. One golden rule in Canada, live accordingly based on what you earn or else you will find yourself in debt. If you have a minimum wage it means you have to spend a minimum too. If you spend more than of what you have, you’ll get yourself in trouble paying your bills later on. The bright side here, you have the option of what kind of living you are going to make. If you’d like to see some great condos that are well-priced check out Eddie Yan‘s website.


  1. Health Care Crisis. One of the best benefits here is the standardized health care system. But you just have to learn the system. Like waiting times, emergency procedures, getting a doctor’s appointment etc. You’ll just have to get used to it. But overall, it is better than some countries.


  1. Very High Taxes. True. But the good thing is, the taxes are visible. Unlike in my country of origin, here in Canada, you can see where the taxes go.


  1. Money Hungry Government. I somehow agree with this in a positive way. One Canada economy booster is the Immigration System.


  1. No Culture. Canada is a multicultural country. Its diversity is the trademark of the country. That’s what I love from the people in Canada, they know how to respect and accept each ethnicity.


  1. Worst Weather. Well, not all Canadian provinces have -50deg weather.


  1. No Jobs. Oh, there are lots of Jobs. The only question is: Are you willing to take any kind of jobs?


Well, Looking forward to your comments. Send it below now. 🙂




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