Top Places to Live in Canada

With one of the highest Human Development Index(HDI)  and a growing economy, Canada is becoming one of the top migration destination. When it comes to migration; Taxes, Job Opportunities, Housing, Cost of Living, Language Barriers and Public Services play an important role as ‘pull factors’, persuading us to leave our current homes. It is not easy to start a new ‘life’ in an alien environment, however, we tend to feel a sense of security when there is regular influx of migrants from our home countries and/or its neighbors. 

 

Quebec

The median annual income in Quebec is approximately $117, 000 along with an unemployment rate of about 2%. Quebec has reasonable income tax rates at a maximum of 25.57%  and a minimum of 15% which is mostly acceptable for high earners. Economically, this is a developed, progressive society where almost all citizens are working, spending, patronizing and taking care of their general needs which is perfect for business owners and entrepreneurs. One of the highly recommended cities to live in Quebec, is Sherbrooke. With a population of just over 100, 000, easy access to ports, established academic institutions and a large number of businesses seeking employees, Sherbrooke is an ideal place to begin life anew.   However, if Sherbrooke does not appeal to you, Montreal, Laval and Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean are by far more populous cities with larger and more dynamic internal economies allowing for easier integration.

Facts to consider(at time of this article): Official language is French, Climate- Hot summers with colder winters, Minimum Hour wage is $11.25, Job Market for engineering and pharmaceuticals  

 

Ontario

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Ontario is home to Canada’s most populous and well known city, Toronto and also home to the nation’s capital, Ottawa. While Ontario is probably the most efficient and highest GDP producing state, the southern parts is dominated by the agriculture industry. Bordered by American states to the south and Quebec to the east, Ontario is suitable for businesses and jobs dependent on international and inter-state relations. However, if you desire a city with a bit more rural area, Guelph may just fit your needs with a population of approximately 131, 000 and and unemployment rate of 4.8%. Crime is almost non-existent when compared to other provinces and jobs are readily available in manufacturing and agriculture in this southern Ontario city. 

Facts to consider(at time of this article): Official language is English, Highest GDP of all Canadian States, Lowest Crime Rate, Minimum Hour wage is $15.00 (from 2019), Job Market for Agriculture, Engineering and all Energy based fields.  

 

Saskatchewan

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Known as one of the Prairie(grasslands) provinces with Boreal forests in its northern regions, Saskatchewan  has a smaller population of 1.2 million when compared to other provinces. It’s most populated city is Saskatoon and the capital city, Regina has an unemployment rate of approximately 5.2%. With an average immigrant population of 12%, assimilation into society can be easy. The university of Regina offers many areas of studies including Health Sciences, Engineering, Arts, Nursing, Kinesiology etc. Though the crime rate can be a bit higher than neighboring regions, immigrants have the opportunity to apply for migration through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program(SNIP).

 Facts to consider(at time of this article): Official language is English, Hot but shorter Summers(38 °C) in some parts, One of the most-active tornado regions in Canada, Minimum Hour wage is $10.96(2017), Job Markets in Energy, Mining, Agriculture

 

British Columbia

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With a diverse, growing economy, British Columbia has an approximated unemployment rate of 6.9%. Vancouver is a world renowned coastal city, ranked in the top 5 for its quality of life, livability and HDI(human Development Index). Due to its coastal feature and closeness(border) to America, British Columbia offers a wide range of career opportunities with flexibility for jobs requiring international relations. With several renowned universities including University of British Columbia, achieving tertiary education and part-time degrees can be easier for students and working class individuals. However, due to its prominent reputation, high HDI and economic expansion, investment into real estate or home-owning around cities like Vancouver is increasing in cost yet attainable as job security and opportunity is not a problem.

 Facts to consider(at time of this article): Many Major Languages due to varied ethnic groups(English is still the largest %), Minimum Hour wage is $12.65(2018),  Multiple Job Markets in all industries including engineering, agriculture,  tourism, Film Industry and company service-based jobs, Mild to Subarctic climate across region