One of the biggest questions potential immigrants ask when getting ready to make the move, is which is the best province to immigrate to in Canada? The honest answer is there isn’t a single answer. Each province offers different opportunities, landscapes, weather, lifestyles and immigration programs that will appeal to different types of people. So, it’s not a matter of which is the best province, but which is the right province for you and your family. While both the number 1 and number 2 destinations of choice in Canada for immigrants are on this list, we will put forth another 3 you may not have considered, and the aspects they have to offer that beats out 1 and 2.
If you already know where you want to live, you can get your permanent residency application underway by following the link below. If you still want to find out a little more about some of the other great provinces the Great White North has to offer, well keep reading.
Top 5 Provinces to Immigrate to in Canada
The city of Calgary will rival nearly any city in Canada. The biggest draw is there are a lot of job opportunities in the city. In fact, Calgary ranks 3rd overall in the world when it comes to finding a job. With a young, diverse, educated workforce and the second-largest concentration of self employed people in Canada, this city’s economy is headed only one way, up.
Real estate is significantly more affordable than in other major cities, families actually live in the city, not in the outlying suburbs. The city of Calgary also has the second-lowest cost of living when compared to 39 other cities of similar size in North America. The province has lower tax rates than most other Canadian provinces, and no sales tax.
The city also hosts over 270 events every year (excluding 2020 of course) and has numerous attractions such as museums and galleries, a zoo, amusement parks and one of the greatest libraries in the world (seriously, check it out). To top it all off, you’ll be only an hour away from the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park. The world’s greatest outdoor play area is literally at your doorstep.
Calgary and other towns in Alberta are being noticed more by immigrants, as 28% of the population are newcomers to Canada. The time to make a move is now.
4. Nova Scotia
One of the provinces with the lowest cost of living in Canada. Your average home in Nova Scotia will set you back around $286,000 compared to the average house prices of $538,000 for the rest of Canada. The capital city of Halifax has a higher cost of living than the rest of the province, but if you settled in Truro, for example, you would enjoy the peace and quiet with a very short commute into Halifax.
What draws immigrants to Nova Scotia, aside from the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, is the quality of life that is disappearing across most of Canada. Residents have the ability to keep their lives in perspective, balancing work, family, relaxation and responsibility without falling too deeply into the trappings of the hustle and bustle of major cities.
3. British Columbia
Overall, you will make the best wages and enjoy the highest standard of living in British Columbia. The capital city of Vancouver is one of the main destinations for new immigrants to Canada, especially from China and India. The cost of living in the city is quite high though, so be prepared to commute if you choose to work in Vancouver.
There are a number of large towns and communities outside of Vancouver that also offer fantastic opportunities at a much lower cost of living. The province also has a very low crime rate for such a populated place, combined with a rich heritage and diverse culture, BC is an incredible forward thinking place to call home.
The beautiful green province with snow capped mountains and roaring rivers has great opportunities in the film, IT and medical industry in Vancouver, as well as many other semi-skilled and skilled occupations that are waiting to be filled in BC.
2. The Northwest Territories
Known for it’s low unemployment rate, the Northwest Territories is a place for immigrants who want a unique experience and the ability to carve out a life of their own in Canada’s frontier. The capital city of Yellowknife has a population of a little over 20,000 people. If you are a semi-skilled worker, you will be able to find a job and secure permanent residency through the Provincial Nominee Program. If you are a skilled worker, you can find a job or perhaps open your own company if you meet the requirements. While other Canadians may say BC or Ontario are the best provinces to immigrate to in Canada, inhabitants of the NWT will say it’s their own, and they will welcome hard working foreigners with open arms.
If you can put up with short days in the winter, you will have very long ones in the summer. On those long nights, you will have the northern lights to remind you of just how special a place you live in, as rivers of green and yellow light flow across the starry night sky. It is the wilderness that makes the NWT such a truly special place to live in Canada, and yet in a city like Yellowknife, you will have all the comforts you could need, from cinemas to bars to music festivals. Fort Smith and Hay River have a good reputation too. If you want to be a part of a community, the NWT is for you.
Who else could take the top spot but Ontario. An estimated 40% of Canadians live in this province, and it has more cities, large towns and communities than any other province. This also means it has the most employment opportunities of any province. That is why most immigrants who have settled there and native Ontarians will claim it the best province to immigrate to in Canada. Just keep in mind that while there may be more opportunities, there is also a lot more competition.
As the lowest point in Canada, it also has the most agreeable climate. Winters will fall just below freezing and summers will be warm and balmy. It also helps to be a hop and a skip from the United States border if you ever feel like a fun road trip out of Canada. The towns and cities are known for their cleanliness, public safety and excellent public services from education to transport to healthcare. Choosing to start a life in Ontario would be smart, you would be able to find employment and live with a good quality of life. Ontario has high taxes and living costs, but also higher aggregate salaries to compensate.
How MDC Can Help You
Choosing where you want to live is exciting, and it should be. When it comes to the best province to immigrate to in Canada, what matters most is you pick someplace where you will be happy, find a job and live the kind of life you want to. Immigration programs like the PNP give an indication of which skills and occupations are in demand in their provinces, and will help you in your choice.
By using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only optimize your chances of success when you apply for your Canada visa, but you will receive expert advice on which program is best for your personal needs. Our RCICs are registered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and are legally permitted to assist you by evaluating your eligibility, reviewing all documentation and submitting it to the Canadian government on your behalf.
Let us take care of the paperwork while you plan your life in Canada. We make sure that all forms are completed correctly and sent in on time. Simply fill out our application form to receive your assessment today and take one step closer to a happy life in Canada.