Living in Canada

Canada is one of the most attractive destinations for people from all around the world. The country has been accepting thousands of new permanent residents for years. Qualifying for residence in Canada is not difficult for people who have work experience, skills and good knowledge of French or English. Canada is one of the best countries to live in, according to the UN statistics.

Why Canada?

Real estate prices in Canada are not too high. If you are thinking about moving to this country, this will be a huge advantage. In big cities, house prices are higher than in surrounding areas. The distance between these towns and major markets leads to lower house prices.

The country is known for its excellent education system. Many students from all around the world come to study in Canada each year.

The health care in Canada is publicly funded. The costs depend on the province you are in, but they are considered lower than in other developed countries.

Salaries in Canada

People who had moved to Canada several years ago said that the wages were lower than in other developed countries. However, the situation with wages is now different. The average salary is now ten percent higher than in 2007. In fact, the average salary is now higher than in the United States and the UK.

The Cost of Living

According to what Europeans who live in Canada say, the cost of living is lower than in their home countries.

Food is cheaper than in the United States; dining out is also cheaper. Cars and petrol are cheaper than in the U.S., as well as power. However, more electricity is used for house heating during winter.

Car insurance is more expensive than in the United States. The cities with the highest costs of living include Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal. However, even in those cities, the costs of living are lower than in the United States and most developed countries in Europe.

Expat life in Canada

Canada is a multicultural country. Many people from all around the world live and work in Canada. Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto are multicultural centers, with the highest number of expats.

The official languages in Canada are English and French (predominant in Quebec). It will be much easier to get used to this country if you speak one of these languages.

Useful Information

You can visit some of the forums to find out more about living in Canada:

Expat Forum
Expat Arrivals

To learn more about jobs in Canada, visit:

Job Bank

Other useful information:

Living in Canada
Living in Toronto
Living in Vancouver
Living in Calgary