What Makes a Country a Good Place to Live?

February 9, 2021


  • Robynn Farrell

Many people think about immigration. There are several reasons why people want to immigrate and they’re different for each person. But one thing remains the same for everyone; you want to immigrate to improve your life in some way or another.   There are 31 first world countries in the world; each one can seem like the perfect fit because of its high status as a developed nation or its popularity as a top tourist destination. But what truly makes a country a good place to live? What are the factors that separate a great holiday destination from a country you can actually call home? In this article, we discuss 5 important factors that are the building blocks of an ideal immigration destination. 

1. Multiculturalism

Friends taking a selfie When you immigrate to a country, you should feel a sense of belonging. Even though first world countries promote multiculturalism, during the past few years in the United States and Europe, multiculturalism hasn’t lived up to its expectations. However, Canada remains free of the racial and ethnic tensions witnessed in these countries and here’s why.  Canada was the first country in the world to adopt multiculturalism as an official policy in 1971 and promotes a high degree of individual freedom. Today, Canada is one of the most diverse and tolerant countries in the world with 1 out of every 5 Canadian citizens being foreign-born. Canada protects ethnic, racial, linguistic and religious diversity within the society. All religious holidays are celebrated throughout Canada and many schools and universities have integrated some religious festivals into their calendar.

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2. Job Opportunities

The first thing you might want to find out before you immigrate to a country is if there are any job opportunities within your industry. It will be harder to secure a job in a smaller country as opposed to a larger country with more economic power.  Canada is the second-largest country in the world with a unique disposition: it's one of the least populous countries that’s facing a crisis of an aging workforce and a shortage of skilled workers. The Canadian Government makes it easy for skilled international workers to move to Canada to fill these gaps in the market. To learn more about immigrating to Canada as a skilled worker, read:  How to Grab One of the 80, 000 Jobs That Just Became Available in Canada 

3. Healthcare and Education

Asian baby Whether you plan to immigrate alone or with your family, healthcare and education are important factors that should be considered - especially the costs involved. 

Healthcare in Canada

Most countries have public and private healthcare, but unlike most countries, Canada’s free public and private paid-for sectors aren’t worlds apart when it comes to quality service. In fact, the Canadian public healthcare system, Medicare, is ranked among the top healthcare systems in the world! As long as you’re a permanent resident in Canada, you and your family will have access to free public healthcare that covers all of the basic medical expenses and even mental health treatments that can help you deal better with stress and anxiety. 

Education in Canada

If you want to study in Canada or you have school-aged children, you’ll be happy to know that Canada is recognized worldwide for the outstanding quality of education—from elementary school to post-secondary studies. There are many fantastic bursaries that you can apply for at leading Universities if you want to take your studies further in Canada and parents can send their children off to elementary and secondary schools at no charge, and be assured that their children are receiving a world-class education. 

4. Safety 

muslim couple Canada is considered one of the safest destinations in the world. Crime rates are low, police are trusted, easy to contact, and quick to respond.  But as a foreigner in a new country, a different type of safety and security comes to mind - what is the general attitude of citizens towards foreigners? In some EU countries and in the USA, xenophobia reflects racial diversity. Canada is one of the few first world countries that have kept a peaceful stance towards immigrants and have been actively encouraging them to move to Canada because their number one belief is that there is strength in diversity. Learn more about Canadian immigration below. 

5. Lenient Immigration Policies

Canada flags in the wind Immigration is never an easy process - no matter which country you plan to immigrate to. There are strict criteria that you must meet to be eligible for immigration; stacks of paperwork, many immigration programs, and their respective deadlines. Canada is no different in this regard, but unlike other countries, Canada has a real need for people with different skills, from plumbers and meat cutters to IT workers and nurses, who can fill gaps in the Canadian economy. For this reason, 313,850 foreign nationals have been chosen to move to Canada in 2019. 

How We Can Help You 

RCIC working with a client Just because immigration is a difficult process, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Especially not if you have a professional Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) who can assist you throughout the entire process. RCIC’s are authorized by the Canadian Government to help those interested in Canadian immigration with their paperwork to increase their chances of successful immigration. The first step towards your Canadian immigration journey is completing a comprehensive online evaluation. Start your journey with MDC today.