In a world where many regions are experiencing instability and insecurity, immigrants see Canada as a beacon of stability, security, freedom, and opportunity. That’s why thousands of people choose to live in Canada every year. With our growing economy, financial and social freedoms, multicultural and peaceful cities, and varied climate, it is clear that Canada is the place to be.
The top five source countries of new immigrants to Canada were India, China, the Philippines, Nigeria, and the United States of America in 2020. Find out why they chose Canada and how we can help you join our wonderful nation below!
5 Reasons Why Foreigners Are Choosing to Immigrate to Canada
1. Canada Actually Wants Immigrants
Canada believes that #immigrationmatters. Immigrants who settle in Canada strengthen the economy by filling in-demand jobs and skills shortages. Many immigrants are business savvy and open businesses in Canada that create jobs for Canadians. Take Shahab Anari, for example. He is the founder and owner of North Star Success, a personal branding agency in Toronto. He immigrated to Canada from Iran to change his situation and create a better life for himself and his loved ones.
“I have made this big move halfway around the world to start a new life with my wife — a move a lot of people only fantasize about — but immigrants are those courageous people who actually make it happen,” said Shahab.
Canada’s immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, announced Canada’s immigration level plans for the next three years. Canada aims to welcome over 1.2 million newcomers by 2023 through various immigration classes such as the Economic Class, Business Class, Family Class, and Refugee Programs. However, 60% of the admissions will come from the Economic Class. Popular immigration programs under this class include the following:
The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) The Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP) Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Each Canadian province and territory has its own PNP programs. For example, the Saskatchewan Truck Driver Project The Atlantic High-Skilled Program The Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program The Atlantic International Graduate Program
Economic Immigration Program About the Program Express Entry Quick and easy online immigration pathway that fast tracks permanent residency applications for skilled workers in NOC A, 0, or B in as little as 6-months. Provincial Nomination Program(PNP) Pathways designed to fill skills and job shortages in Canada based on the labor demands of specific provinces/territories in Canada. Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) Pathways for skilled workers in NOC A, 0, B, and C who have valid job offers from designated employers to immigrate to Atlantic Canada.
The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
The Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP)
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Each Canadian province and territory has its own PNP programs. For example, the Saskatchewan Truck Driver Project
The Atlantic High-Skilled Program
The Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program
The Atlantic International Graduate Program
National Occupation Classification (NOC) Codes
Jobs in which workers from overseas have experience are grouped in different categories based on the type of duties and responsibilities. The main groups are:
NOC A: professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university, such as doctors, dentists, architects
NOC 0: management jobs such as restaurant managers, mine managers, and IT managers
NOC B: technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice, such as chefs, plumbers
NOC C: intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training, such as truck drivers, food and beverage servers
NOC D: labor jobs that usually give on-the-job training, such as cleaning staff, fruit pickers
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2. Job & Business Opportunities
Canada’s free-market economy and skills shortages in various industries present ample opportunities for foreign workers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and creatives to build successful careers. The most sought after foreign workers are truck drivers, IT specialists, caregivers, farmworkers, and tradespeople such as cooks and electricians. There are currently over 100 immigration and visa pathways for skilled and low skilled immigrants to work and live in Canada.
The average Canadian salary is $1,050.59 per week for employees across the country – which means that the annual average salary for full-time employees is just over $54,630 per year. Residents of Alberta earn the highest annual income in Canada of $61, 812.
Canada has recovered almost 60% of all jobs lost during the pandemic and continues to add thousands of new jobs every month as the economy and borders open and COVID-19 cases drop. Canada added another 84,000 jobs in October 2020 and the employment rate is increasing for the fifth consecutive month.
3. Free Healthcare and Education
Canada’s healthcare and education system is publicly funded. Approximately 70% of all medically necessary healthcare is covered in Canada and parents can send their children to primary and secondary schools across the country without having to worry about paying school fees.
This is probably one of the main reasons why Canada has the most educated population in the world. About 56% of Canadians pursue post-secondary education and thousands of international students choose to study in Canada. It’s the affordable study programs, top-ranking education institutions, and post-graduate work opportunities that attract students from around the world.
4. Safe and Tolerant
Canada is the 6th safest country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index. You and your family will be able to feel safe and secure living in Canada with a low crime rate and peace among citizens and permanent residents. Just like in most countries, there are higher-risk areas that you can avoid but overall, Canadians live in relatively safe and peaceful places. In fact, Canadians are known for their friendly and welcoming nature.
“We moved to Halifax in 1993. Talking with over 25 years of experience in Halifax and other parts of this lovely country. I say this is one of the friendliest countries in the world. We personally had many examples of help and support from locals when we were new.
We have heard many examples of generosity and caring from others who have moved here as students or even visitors.” Majeed Samad wrote on Quora Digest.
5. Affordable Cost of Living
According to the Global Living Index (which measures aspects like the cost of rent and groceries), Canada has a much lower cost of living compared to other top immigration destinations such as Australia, Denmark, and the UK with scores of 106 versus 100 in Canada. It comes as no surprise then that the tuition in the United States is $24, 000 USD and $17, 860 USD in the UK per year while it’s nearly half these amounts at $10, 730 USD annually in Canada.
Housing in Canada can range from quite expensive to affordable depending on where you live. The average house price in Canada is CAD 495,000 but you can pay as little as CAD 173,000 in second-tier cities like Fredericton in New Brunswick.
Move to Canada With the Help of Professionals
Does Canada sound like the ideal new home for you and your family? We can help you live and work in Canada and settle permanently in one of the amazing Canadian cities. Multidimensional Consulting provides professional immigration services to our international clients from our offices in Vancouver. Our team of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) can help you submit a complete and optimized visa application to the appropriate department to reach your Canadian goals.
When you choose to use our expert and government trusted service you will get:
- An in-depth eligibility assessment
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