posted on Jan, 5 2015 @ 12:03 PM
a reply to: coop039
Taxes range anywhere from 20-60% depending on your income level.
ie: At $17/hour, you're looking at a 30% tax bracket (off of your paycheque).
There is also a harmonized tax rate (PST/GST) of 15% at the cash register whenever you buy something.
Cost of living depends on where you live.
In a city like Toronto, you're looking at paying $1200/month rent for a basic tiny bachelor apartment.... Meanwhile in no-man's land Saskatchewan,
you can buy a house for under $50,000 in the rural areas (which results in a monthly mortgage payment of about $300/month based on current interest
Fulltime daycare will run you about $800/month... unless you fall under a certain income level, then the government steps in and subsidizes your
daycare costs reducing your payment to anywhere from $200-500/month - again depending on income level.
Post-secondary schooling up here is about 1/3 of what it costs in the US, so working fulltime and paying your way through night school (without having
to borrow monies) is a viable option.
You'd have to do your homework with regards to cheapest places to live, job opportunities, schooling options, etc.
But believe it or not, the hardest aspect is trying to become a Canadian citizen. The process can take anywhere from 5-20 years unless you have
someone in-country to sponsor you. It's much easier to immigrate into the US than it is here.
I know of one married couple (her Mexican, him Canadian) who have no choice but to live in the US for the past 5 years because she still can't get
into Canada even though she's married to one.