Canada frequently tops lists and polls for the world’s best place to live. According to the Happiness Index, it’s the sixth happiest place on earth, and the OECD Better Life Index granted it a score of 6.5 out of 10. From the awe-inspiring scenery to the bustling cities, moving to Canada is an attractive prospect for many people seeking a higher quality of life and a touch of adventure. From the multicultural melting-pot of Montreal to the clean streets of Calgary, Canada’s cities are some of the most welcoming in the world.
As the second largest country in the world, Canada is also home to stunning scenery and incredible wildlife. From the crystal clear lakes of British Columbia to the snow-topped mountains of Banff National Park, Canada is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, with plenty of opportunities for hiking in the summer months and snow sports in the winter. On a more practical level, Canada is seen as a country with strong community values, an impeccable healthcare system, great educational standards and many employment opportunities.
For many people, a fact-finding trip to Canada is the first step in realising they would like to make the move. There are many routes to living in Canada, including Investor opportunities, Provincial Nominee Programs and family sponsorship. If you’re self-employed and have two-years experience in a cultural or sporting activity, you may also be eligible for a move to Canada. If you have a job offer from a Canadian company, you will most likely be granted a Canada Work Permit Visa which will allow you to live and work in Canada for a set period of time.
Like many places, Canada has a points-based immigration system for determining who can live and work in the country. This system grants points for things like nationality, age, language ability (remember, there are French and English-speaking areas of Canada) and work experience. In many cases, you will need to be able to prove that you are highly skilled in a particular field and that you won’t be taking work from a Canadian citizen.
If you’re unsure about the visa options available to you when considering moving to Canada then contact one of our advisors for further information.