Originally posted by Misoir
1. Is it affordable to live in Canada(on the outskirts Calgary of Vancouver)?
2. Is the quality of life better than in the USA?
3. How heavy is the tax burden on a person making around $100,000 US Dollars in Canada?
4. How tough is the immigration process and do you have to learn French?
5. Is your economy stable and expected to remain stable?
6. Is your country mostly safe and peaceful?
First off, good sir, I congratulate you on a well made decision to move to Canada. Perhaps I have a little too much nationalistic pride, but like many
others here, I do love my country very much. Despite what most people think, there is a large difference between Americans and Canadians. I'm not as
knowledgeable as others here, but I can answer your questions with my own experience, but I am just a University student, so my situation is different
1. Like I have said, I am just a student, so I haven't really experienced what it means to live like an adult with a family. However, I do believe
that Vancouver and Calgary are probably more of the expensive places to live. If you really want to watch costs, perhaps Saskatchewan or Manitoba is
where you want to go. Despite what people say, these are two great provinces with a lot to offer much like the rest of Canada. Also, I believe prices
are slightly higher here in general compared to the states.
2. As for the quality of life, I have never lived in the United States, so I cannot compare really, but I find my quality of life is phenomenal, even
when I am living off of student loans. I have nothing to complain about.
3. I don't really have experience with a large salary such as yours, but I am guessing the 30% that others are saying is pretty accurate.
4. No idea about the immigration process, but unless you want to live in Quebec, there is no mandatory French. It does however open up more Goverment
5. I believe our economy and banks are more regulated than that of the states, which breeds a more stable environment. Canadian Banks came out the
least harmed during the recent recession of all the world. If you are an advocate of a complete free market, then perhaps our economy isn't for you.
But you don't sound like that (that's a good thing)
6. I find that our country is generally peaceful. Like many have said, you can't own firearms unless you hunt (or live on a farm). There is still
crime, but I believe the strict ruling on weapons helps cut down on crimes committed with them.
P.S. How Socialized is your economy? Are your natural resources nationalized? Is your health care system very effective?
I am a Socialist myself and my family is mostly Socialist leaning so we have no problem with big government.
You will be very welcome here with that sort of ideology. Many Canadians don't mind paying such high taxes (30% income and 10-15% sales tax on most
consumer goods) in return for good social security and health care. You will likely see many billboards advertising government projects with
government logo's plastered on them. It gives the country a solid sense of capitalist socialism I suppose, I like it. The health care can be
effective, but there are also horror stories as well. Fortunately, I have had nothing but good experiences, but I don't use it that much anyways.
I hope you can make it to our fair country, so all the best to you. I think if more people on ATS were Canadian, they'd have less to complain about!