Through various immigration and visa options, Canada has welcomed an estimated 200,000 immigrants each year from all over the world, giving access to better education, job and business opportunities, health care, and an overall quality of life for generations to come.
FACTS ABOUT CANADA
- Second largest country in the world (landmass) next to Russia
- Population: 37 million as of 2018
- A federated state with 10 provinces and 3 territories
- 10 provinces: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador
- 3 territories: Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut
- More than one-fifth of Canadians were immigrants to Canada, with the highest proportion of immigrants coming from Asia (61.8%), followed by Africa (13.4%).
- Member of the G7 countries - these countries, with the seven largest advanced economies in the world, represent 58% of the global net wealth.
- Canadian passport brings you to access to 101 countries, visa-free and considered one of the most powerful passports in the world.
- Through the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), easy access to the United States and Mexico markets
- Top universities in Canada recognized globally as of the 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings: Toronto University (#28), McGill University (#33), and University of British Columbia (#47)
TOP REASONS FOR IMMIGRATING TO CANADA
- Easier to immigrate compared to other countries and for those not qualified under the Immigration programs, the country still offers non-immigrant options such as work permit and student programs, which will eventually lead to a permanent resident visa and immigration.
- Full and comprehensive medical coverage for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, students, and all those with legal status, not including tourists with access to highly-trained doctors, medical facilities, and equipment
- Free education for up to grade 12 or the senior year high school
- Eligibility for Canadian Citizenship within three years of arrival in Canada with permanent residence status
- Dual Citizenship allowed
- Maternity and parental leave can be up to 78 weeks or 19.5 months
- Accessible travel to USA, Mexico, and Europe with numerous international airports and travel packages
- Relatively low and violent crime rate
- Diverse population due to the influx of immigrants from all over the world, resulting in tolerance to different religions, cultures, including food options
- Minimal government regulations in starting a business or becoming self-employed
- Job opportunities across various fields specifically for IT, healthcare, real estate, forestry, mining, construction, finance, science, and education, among others
- Reliable public transport system (buses, sky trains, sea bus) with regularly maintained roads and highways
- Strong or high Air Quality Health Index for almost all Canadian cities with numerous government efforts in law and policy to preserve natural resources and promote recycling and anti-pollution, among others
WELFARE/ SOCIAL PROGRAMS
Canada takes care of its residents and citizens and rest assured the tax you pay is visible not just in public places and structures such as beaches, parks, libraries, museums, medical facilities, and government offices and buildings, but also through various welfare and social programs for workers, families, and retirees.*
- Childcare Benefit - federal and provincial governments provide a certain amount every month for upbringing of each child, depending on the income earned by the parents in the previous year.
- Employment Insurance – continued income to Canadian workers in case of lay-offs
- Pension Plan – Canadian residents/citizens are entitled to receive a certain amount of money upon retirement (this is on top from a retirement plan provided for by your company and separate from the Old Age Pension)
- Old Age Pension - Canadian resident/citizens are entitled to old age pension in Canada dependent on the number of years lived in Canada.
- Social Welfare Allowance - Canadian resident is entitled to social welfare allowance from the government if he/she is unable to support himself/herself and is not able to get any job.
*The information provided is intended to provide a snapshot only. Restrictions and conditions apply.