The Real Reason Immigrants are Choosing to Move to Canada

February 9, 2021


  • Robynn Farrell

Moving to any country is an important step and Canada is no exception. At this point you may be asking yourself What will life truly be like once I’ve made the move to Canada?”.

By now you must be familiar with Canada’s amazing quality of life. It’s world-renowned social benefits such as free public healthcare and secondary education, as well as thousands of job opportunities complete with attractive employment insurance and lucrative salaries are becoming synonymous with the Canadian way of life. But what is everyday life truly like for ex-pats in Canada?

Canada is one of the most popular destinations chosen by those wanting to relocate abroad, globally. According to the latest government report released in 2011, one in five of Canadians are foreign-born. That means that more than 20% of the Canadian population or 6,775,800 people currently living in Canada are ex-pats. This is the highest percentage of foreigners living abroad than any other G8 country in the world. So what is it that draws so many newcomers to move to Canada?

Top Reasons Why People Move to Canada?

happy ethnic couples in park after moving to Canada

Canada remains one of the top choices for those looking to start a new life abroad. Three of its cities are ranked as the top 10 most liveable cities in the world and over 390,000 skilled foreign workers set to get Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in Canada in 2022. With thousands of jobs in Canada to choose from offering attractive packages and opportunity for growth, it is no surprise that so many people are opting to move to Canada.

Canada is well known for its high quality in almost all areas of life. Some of these qualities include:

  • Free universal healthcare to all citizens and permanent residents;
  • Free public secondary education;
  • One of the safest countries in the world;
  • One of the most financially and politically stable countries in the world;
  • Freedom of religious and cultural beliefs;
  • Tolerance and acceptance in all areas of life;
  • Low air pollution and healthier lifestyle;
  • Lucrative job opportunities with great benefits; and
  • Low Unemployment rate;
  • Canadians are just super nice people.

So let’s take a closer look at what ex-pat life looks like and just how high your quality of life could be when you move to Canada.

1. Supportive Liberal Government

Canada is not only known for its warm and welcoming community but it is also one of the most liberal countries globally. Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party and Prime Minister of Canada, has taken many strides to ensure the wellbeing of the Canadian people.

Most recently, the Canadians saw the support of their great leader in full force, at a time when stress and anxiety were at its peak due to the effects of the COVID-19 or the Coronavirus pandemic. Many people were left destitute when PM Justin Trudeau announced the $82 Billion Response Plan which includes the Emergency Plane which provides all Canadian citizens and their families $2,000 per month for the next 4 months to help relieve the stress of having to make payments on rent or buy food. The Government has also made provision for business owners to help keep the employees on payroll and the doors to local businesses open.

2. Supportive Community

The Canadian community not only welcomes foreigners but has a great support system. The Canada For Me Immigration Office has developed a Newcomers Support Program to help prepare you for your new life in Canada. This program includes:

  • Pre Landing Services - providing you with all the information that you will need before you move to Canada;
  • Post-Landing Services - provides you with all information that you’ll need to prepare for the touch down in Canada, including pick up from the airport, setting up bank accounts, Social Insurance and Health Cards, getting used to your local neighborhood, shopping and grocery tips, school recommendations, household goods purchases, driving license, business registration as well as tax preparation and job search;
  • Insurance Services - this includes all information regarding medical, life, education and pension plans, insurance for new immigrants and travelers as well as travel insurance for newcomers, students and visitors; and
  • Accounting, Tax Preparation, Mortgages and Line of Credit for Newcomers - this includes helpful tips and information about opening a business, annual income tax preparation and filing of business taxes, applications for personal credit cards and lines of credit, mortgages for newcomers and first-time homeowners.

For those with families, Kids New to Canada is a great website to get information on regional community resources in each province or territory to help immigrant families of different nationalities become acquainted with and settle into life in Canada.

3. Diversity and Tolerance

Diversity and tolerance is a large part of what makes Canada so great. Canada has a wide array of religions, and although over two-thirds of the population are Christian, 2.4 million Canadian people are Islamic, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist. In fact, one of the largest ex-pat communities in Canada, the Islamic community, makes up 3.2% of the total population. Over 300,000 people belong to the Canadian Jewish community while nearly 65,000 are associated with Aboriginal spirituality.


Not only is Canada very accepting of all religious or cultural beliefs but it is also one of the first countries to show its support of the LGBTQA+ community by becoming the fourth country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage in 2005.

What does this mean for you as an ex-pat living in Canada? Freedom. Freedom to live your life without prejudice, without discrimination, in a supportive and welcoming community.

father and son in park after their move to Canada

4. Low Cost. High Quality.

Although there are some cities, such as Vancouver and Toronto, that are more expensive than most, there are also many underrated cities and provinces that have an exceptional quality of life at a very affordable price. If you’re looking for a cost-effective province to consider when you move to Canada, then Ottawa is your best bet. It has a high quality of living and also has 6 of the top 10 most affordable cities in Canada. Other affordable provinces include New Brunswick, Quebec, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island.

5. Quality Family Life

Canada is a great place to raise a family, with a free world-renowned public education system and healthcare and not to mention a low crime rate and plenty of open spaces and outdoor activities that are kid-friendly, why wouldn’t you want to make the move to Canada with your loved ones?

Cities such as Oakville and Ottawa(Ontario), St John’s (Newfoundland & Labrador), Vancouver (British Columbia), Canmore and Calgary (Alberta) and Brandon (Manitoba) are all fantastic places to relocate to with your family, boasting reasonable daycare costs under $1000 per month and estate prices as low as $349,579!

6. Great Job Opportunities. Better Benefits.

Canada has a wide array of in demand jobs currently available. Due to earlier retirement age and the lack of local workers to fill vacant positions, the government of Canada has created various immigration avenues for highly and semi-skilled foreign workers to take in order to move to Canada, many of which can be anchored simply by having a valid job offer. Having a Canadian job, whether permanent or temporary, will either give you the opportunity to apply for permanent residence or will give you the chance to get enough Canadian work experience needed to apply in the future. Once you're a permanent resident or a citizen you’ll have access to fantastic employment insurance including fabulous benefits such as paternal and maternal leave, insurance should you lose your job, compassionate care and more.

Ready to make the move to Canada? Simply click the link below or keep reading to find out which cities are among the top 10 places to live in 2020.

What We Do at MDC

 RCIC helping ethnic man apply for visa to move to Canada

Navigating the Canadian immigration system can be a bit tedious, with a copious amount of forms and documents to complete and strict submission dates, we wouldn’t blame you if you felt apathetic about getting started on your application. But that's what we’re here for. At Canadian Visa, we take the stress and hassle out of planning to relocate abroad. Our accredited RCICs (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants) are ready to evaluate your eligibility, review all documentation and submit all documentation on your behalf. Using an RCIC not only gives you the best possible chance of receiving an ITA but will make the entire process simple and stress-free.

We handle the paperwork while you take it easy. All you have to do is complete our online eligibility form and we’ll take care of the rest. It's just that simple.