What Are the Pros and Cons of Living in Canada?

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Advantages of living in Canada include the country’s strong jobs market and affordable health care, while potential disadvantages are the cold winter weather and high cost of living. The income tax rate, which varies between 15 to 30 percent as of 2015, is also higher than some other countries.

Canada has a relatively open immigration policy compared to other Western countries as of 2015, which makes it a popular destination for immigrants. Visas are not available to all applicants though. To obtain a visa to live in Canada, a person must either have skills that are required by the Canadian economy or have family members already living there.

The strong job market is one of the biggest advantages of living in Canada. Unemployment remained at approximately the same level in Canada after the global recession of 2008, which is in contrast to other nations such as the United Kingdom and United States. This means that the country is an attractive destination for skilled workers who are unable to find employment in their home countries.

Canada has a high cost of living, but it is still cheaper than many European countries as of 2015. Other advantages include the attractive scenery, wide range of outdoor activities and high-quality education system.