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Why Moving To Canada Might Be A Bad Idea

Canada, the country of your dreams is calling. You’re ready for a move and a new start.

When you think about moving to Canada you visualize the immense space, endless opportunities, authentic living, nature pure, the friendly Canadians, and wilderness like nowhere else. That all sounds like heaven on earth, and that’s exactly the place you want to be.

Truth is, depending on what country you come from, moving to Canada can be heaven for sure, or it can be…not heaven.

Life in Canada has changed a lot in the last few years. Still, a perfect country to explore on vacation, moving here permanently is a totally different story.

Writing from experience, I’m not just a traveller passing through, or an immigrant who came to this country didn’t like it and left again. I moved here over twenty years ago, I have lived east and west and I know what life in Canada is all about, and yes, I am a Canadian citizen. Of course, everyone’s path is different and in the end, it’s what you make out of your life, no matter where you are. I will tell you about my experience and my views on life in Canada. What you make of it is up to you. If you know all the facts and you still want to move to Canada, you will be more cautious and do further research. And if you do that, my article has accomplished what it was intended to.

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In the end, it’s like anywhere else, it’s all about money. If you have lots of it, life will be easier for you. As a start, with enough money, you may find a loophole to move to our country. For the regular person, immigrating to Canada is a difficult and time-consuming process. Unless you’re a refugee you might never get to move here, no matter what qualifications and money you have to show. Still, persistence usually pays out in the long run.

Why even bother moving to Canada if you live a fairly good life in the country you are now? Come to Canada for your vacations; buy a piece of land somewhere or a cabin if this makes you happy and feel that you belong. Come back every year and be a little part of us. But moving here permanently, really?

Why do you want to move to Canada in the first place? Okay I agree, we have the best looking prime minister. We still have fewer restrictions to start a business than many other countries have. The beauty of the country itself is amazing as well as our wild animals. And we still have lots of space.

Like with everything else, there are pros and cons to consider when you think about moving to Canada. For me over time, the cons overpower the pros. So why do you live in Canada you may ask me now. Believe me, Canada was different when I first arrived. Lucky me, I got to live my dream. That was long before the cost of living skyrocket and things got bad.

On first sight, property prices seem reasonable, in certain parts of Canada at least. Wait! Wait until you pay property tax, house insurance, electricity and the rest of the bills. Do you know that Satellite Internet is your only choice for Internet service when you live outside of town and is very expensive? Do you know that our cell phone bills are some of the highest in the world?

What about the big cities, like Vancouver? Vancouver house prices are horrendous and only affordable by Chinese immigrants.

Canada has become a materialistic society and to show off material objects are of big importance for many.  It still might be the land of plenty, but not necessarily the land of happiness. It often seems to me that people are rushing and looking for money, but they are not living. But then again, that’s my own opinion on things.

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If you decide moving to Canada anyway

  • Make sure you bring lots of money to live your Canadian dream, so you don’t have to depend on Canadian wages.
  • Our job market sucks big time. Expect very low pay. If you need to work when you get here, have a job lined up. Jobs here are not easy to get. Many Canadians work at two to three different jobs to have a large enough income to survive.
  • Do you know about Hunger in Canada? According to Food Banks Canada, thirteen percent of Canadians live in a state of food insecurity, mainly caused by low income, which consistently affects more than four million of us at any given time.
  • We don’t have Free Healthcare like everyone tells you. The Canadian health care system is dysfunctional and sucks. What does Free Health Insurance in Canada mean? In some provinces, you pay Health Insurance premium, unless you’re on a minimum income. The Canada Health Act does not cover prescription drugs, home care or long-term care, prescription glasses or dental care. Costs for prescription drugs come out of your own pocket unless you have extended Health Insurance. Lots of people can only afford extended insurance when it’s paid by their employer. And, learn to be patient; it’s not unusual to be on a two-year waiting list until you get surgery. People who have the money often go to the US to have surgery done. The Canadian health system sucks big time, but that’s material for another blog.
  • Young people have limited opportunities. Going to College or University doesn’t guarantee a job. According to The Globe and Mail dealing with ‘job churn’ is a reality. Some graduates are forced to work for no pay to gain experience. Many end up with low-paid jobs and struggle for years to pay back their student loan. No wonder not many young Canadians are travelling to broaden their horizon, how could they afford it. If you have children, I suggest doing some research on this topic.
  • The Canadian education system has big flaws and needs a major overhaul. Maybe that’s why homeschooling is so popular in Canada, even in large cities. As long as the government saves money to put into the education system, there is not much hope of any improvements.
  • It is no secret that Canada has a drinking problem. Some say it’s caused by boredom and a lack of anything better to do. The strict drinking laws are old-fashioned and cause the opposite what they’re supposed to do. Many high school kids are already addicted to alcohol. The legal drinking age in Canada is 19, in Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec 18. According to a Government website, the average age when teens start to drink in Canada is 13.

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Anything else to be concerned about moving to Canada?

  • Are you into healthy living and eating good food? Plan on growing your own food. GMO (genetically modified organism) food sold in Canada is a big concern of mine. Labelling GMO foods is not required in Canada; therefore it is difficult to know if a food product contains GMO ingredients. Buy organic if you can afford it. Gather wild edible plants and learn about foraging. If you are not keen on eating hormone meat from the store, get yourself a hunting licence when you arrive.
  • Canadians are generally friendly people but don’t expect that they will open their house for you quickly. Locals will help you when you desperate but not more than they have to; just like anywhere else. Help your neighbour is slowly disappearing here as well.
  • Are you a beach bunny and don’t like the cold? This is the last place on Earth you want to be. Depending on where in Canada you are moving to, the chance is that summer lasts six weeks with brutal heat, anything longer is a bonus. Canada boosts amazing beaches and a beautiful coastline, but summers are short and the most part of the year lakes and rivers are frozen and the land is buried in snow at subarctic temperatures.

Never forget the saying “It’s always greener on the other side!”

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The Great Alternative

Come to Canada for your next big vacation and enjoy the country as a tourist. Once you travel the tourist route through the world-famous Rocky Mountains, consider a road trip to less known places in the northern parts of Canada. Your destination choices are endless; once you’ve seen part of this huge country you will want to come back for more – I’m quite sure.

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Yrene Dee

Yrene lives in Lumby British Columbia, Canada, and is the founder of BackcountryCanadaTravel.com. She was born in Switzerland, lived and worked on different continents and has travelled the world. Yes, that's me, an Entrepreneur, wilderness nut and animal lover. I write about things I love. Mostely.

35 Comments

  1. Laurel Watts

    As a fellow immigrant to Canada, I agree with your article. For the most part, the negatives in Canada run parallel to the problems in the US. Immigration to Canada is complicated and the process is lengthy, the lack of doctors, cost of prescriptions and surgery wait times is unacceptable, there is a drug epidemic and the judicial system needs a lot of work. That having been said, I love this place and the man who brought me here. I included in my wedding vows … “where thou goest, I will go”, knowing that I would be moving with him to Canada. I’ve never regretted it! What brought you to Canada?

    • Yrene Dee

      Thanks for your input Laurel. I hear people around me complaining about the same issues. Believe me, I love Canada as a country; the amazing wilderness and endless space and the hidden opportunities. Over the years of my Guest Ranch business I hosted many Europeans who intended to move here, but changed their mind once they realized how hard life here actually is. Most times Foreigners only read tourist promotions and get information from people who travelled in Canada. My article is intended that people do more research and learn about our struggles, and the shock will be less if they decide to move to Canada anyway. Actually, it was also a man who brought me here, but unfortunately our wedding vows didn’t last.

  2. Brian

    Yrene, I just erased a too too long comment which was meant to elevate you a bit to say the least. I was born and raised around big tree and lake filled northern Ontario and began travelling across country when I was 19. Lived worked in BC, Alberta, NWT, Manitoba, Ontario (20 years there too long and even Labrador. My life has been a string of adventures in between economic slumps. I have never turned anyone gong through hard times away. Ever. I can’t imagine how anyone but a rockstar, successful moviestar, doctor or lawyer can survive in BC. But I Am Going to build my retirement home there anyhow. Cheap land? None you say? You need to contact me by email tree. I low where it is. And even in BC at that. Oh yes. And btw, healthcare in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan costs $0.00. I know where the bumps in the road of life in Canada are. I know by spending a bit of time somewhere if the economy is good or bad. I travelled from Regina to Happy Valley Goose Bay in December too bring my four year old God Daughter, her parents (best friends) and their other two kids presents during rough times there. Because I care. Nothing else. Gnight.

    • Yrene Dee

      Hello Brian, I fully appreciate your comment. You’ve been around and probably know this big country better than most fellow Canadians do. Opinions always shape from our own experience. Canada is an amazing country and has more to offer than we ever can experience during a lifetime. I also lived in Ontario for a few years before settling in the Okanagan. Where I really want to go back to is the Yukon and NWT. Who knows where the roads lead me…Let me know once you settle in BC. Maybe we can meet to exchange our travel experiences. Greetings from BC, Yrene

  3. Andrew

    The article doesn’t even mention the Opioid epidemic we have in Vancouver.
    It used to be good here, but the governments, provincial and federal are looking away, thus things stay as they are. I’m disappointed. I used to love it here on holidays, but the minute I settled in B.C. it was a let down from the get go. Full time employment turned out to be nothing more but “permanent casual” conditions. No job security, no ‘Superannuation’ but RRSP, which is an inferior plan to say what Australia mandated to businesses for employees. Canada could, and should do better. It should be less reliant on the U.S. and be a better trading partner with China. Anyways, just my two pennies worth from my experience living here.

  4. K.S.

    Thanks for the informative article.
    The main reason for me to consider moving to Canada is to raise my 10 year old son there. Having read you mentioned about the Canadian schooling system and the lack of opportunities for new grads is kind of shock to me. I am not sure how to find more information about this matter but, now I have to (I have already bought a home in Hamilton, ON…and I am a proud mortgagor!
    Thanks again…
    Regards,

    • Yrene Dee

      Thanks for the comment. I lived in Hamilton ON for 4 years many moons ago. Just do your research. It all depends on your expectations and what country you are from. Good luck to you and your son.

  5. Maja

    I came to Canada with my husband and 2 small children 20 years ago from Europe looking for an adventure. I got my degree here, changed careers a few times since and realized that I am just sooo bored here. I already visited everything of interest, saw all “historical” places of 100 years of age, fished (a big plus to have great fishing places), hiked (great hiking places) and now I cannot wait to move back to Europe where life has so much more flavour and culture. And the quality of life is way higher.

    Canada is very expensive to live – the cost of living compared to how much people make is huge. A lot of people live in poverty, you see a lot of poor people on the streets. Also big problem with drugs, alkohol, lack of opportunities for young poeple. Broken health and mental health system – I am scared to get sick as people sometimes wait years for surgeries.

    Food you buy at the supermarkets is of very poor quality – if you want to buy better food, it costs small fortune.

    People do not really mix with each other if they come from different cultures – they have no way of learning about each other’s culture (they communicate via small talk which is very popular here, and are polite, that’s all).

    Overall, this is a country of polite and nice people but hard for creating a sense of community and deeper relationships. People commute huge distances for work, spend many hours in cars and cubicles at work, and have no energy for anything more but TV.

    The government systems are very over-developed, they hire a lot of people, everything must be controlled. Citizens very rarely push back against any injustice from the system or even complain. Lack of hope? Feeling powerless?

    I see things getting worse every year – the cost of living has increased so much over the years that is difficult to cover all basic expenses with just one job (and I am a professional who is not earning a minimum wage). For people who work for a minimum wage, food bank is the only option – they simply cannot survive.

    I am moving back to Europe in 2 years for my retirement and I hope that my children whom I brought into this country 20 years ago will eventually decide to live and work elsewhere. As for me, I am just simply bored out of my mind living here and I am glad that I finally realized that…

    • Yrene Dee

      Thanks for your input Maja. I would be interested to hear where in Canada you settled and where in Europe you’re going back to? In any case, good luck and best wishes!

  6. Maja

    Hi Yrene,

    At first, I lived in Toronto, then in Mississauga and Brampton, and I finally settled in Ottawa (last 5 years). Ottawa is actually my favourite city to live in Canada. I especially like Quebec which is very close and has beautiful sceneries for hiking, fishing etc. I suppose that I could live in Quebec, as I love the culture, food, people that actually will talk about something meaningful rather than “small talk” but I don’t speak French.

    I am Polish, and for that reason I will be retiring in Poland. I love Poland for its architecture (you still have small towns with cobblestone streets and buildings from 14th century), palaces, castles with beautiful gardens to visit, amazing, locally grown food and exceptionally hospitable people who not only invite you to their homes, but will never let you leave their house without a dinner and a glass of wine. Living expenses in Poland are very modest, health system is great – free or paid if you choose to pay for a private consultation (free – including dentist, psychologist etc.).

    And, from Poland, you can just take a train or a bus to visit any city in Europe without needing a visa or anything. Everything in Europe is close by, easy to access.

    But, I also believe that any country in Europe is better than North America depending on your language skills.

    I think the American (or Canadian) dream idea for that matter is for a long time just a myth!

    • Yrene Dee

      Thanks for the information Maja. I guess some of us are lucky to be able to choose where we want to live; not that many are in the position to do that. All the best wishes to you.

  7. roland

    I see Canada as another country being run by a government that thinks that its ok that true facts means nothing. All governments are lying. I know that there lies will never end. No matter were you live the lies will always be there. I hope that one day the governments of the world will truly see the light. The light of all the people they represent.

  8. Mitch

    Couldn’t agree more. I’m from Australia and currently going through my permanent residency application. I’m having serious second thoughts about making Canada my new home. The cost of living compared to wages and opportunities is atrocious. I’m an educated professional earning less here in a full-time job than I did at 17 back home in a part-time job. That doesn’t make sense. How people can support a family on these wages is nothing short of a miracle. Having lived in this country for a few years makes me realize just how good Australians have it. Maybe I’ll move back home. I thought this would be different.

  9. Tony d

    It is 2018, and it is 9+ years since I/We came to Canada. Canada is THE MOST RACIST and discriminatory, bigoted and HUBRIS country on the planet!

    Canadians will only accept you if you have CASH and willing to do ‘slave jobs’. Banks (and the government, etc) are not tolerant to people, they are tolerant to CASH.

    For example, if you are a new immigrant the Drivers Test will FAIL YOU THREE TIMES. Since you need to go to driver training, the entire process costs you over $1,500.00.

    The sad part is the CASH racism is adopted by even your ‘own kind’. No white or newer immigrant will accept the fact that another colour other than old Canadian white can own executive businesses or hold executive positions like CEO, Managing Director, etc.

    Canadians LOVE YOU and are NOT RACIST as long as you are doing a lesser job and driving a car lesser than them or spending your CASH here.

    Take note, NOT ONLY, white Canadians are racist, new immigrants, for example (from experiences) from China, India, Philippines DO NOT WANT TO BE EMPLOYED by other colours. If they do they want PREMIUM WAGE. They will BEG and WORSHIP white employers/people (again from experiences).

    Then others will ‘ask you to work free’ so that you can get ‘Canadian experience’ (happens almost one per month).

    Ukrainian Canadians and Eastern Europeans believe that it is their (God given) RIGHT to ‘educate/guide’ all new comers on how to live, etc (they assume that you lived in a ‘sh*t hole’ before coming to Canada… We have had Canadians correct our English only to learn from us that we were explaining to our Son the meaning of a word in another language. English is our first language and we speak 2 other languages.

    Canada is NOT multicultural, Canada is a country of different cultures doing their own thing with sporadic integration which is negligible. In other words, if I am correct ‘The oligarchy promotes this to divide and rule (and keep the CASH within themselves)’ (Read ‘Controlling Interests’ and ‘Who owns Canada now’ – nothing, absolutely nothing has changed, just well hidden with HR people, call-centre agents, etc).

    Canadians are so HUBRIS that if you complain/criticize about the country they will ask you to ‘leave if you don’t like it’ and I now respond ‘only when I get my refund with interest’ and they change their tune.

    In short, the Canadian immigration policy is a MONEY GRAB for the country, and Canada is an Oligarchy, if not,
    I have now come to the assumption that all the ‘high salaries’ etc are all GOVERNMENT PROPAGANDA. Canada is in fact one of the POOREST countries on the planet. That would explain why there is someone ‘hitting you for a buck’ (begging) in the name of ‘charity’ at every corner.

    Whatever the reason, Canada is NOT WHAT IT IS Portrait-ed TO BE in the ‘fake’ (advertisements) media. It is extremely challenging for a new-comer and gets worse as you go along. Canada’s immigration policy is approximately 30 years old, and the ‘writing is on the wall’.

  10. Yvette

    Mitch, same deal for me. But I’m a PR now. What I’ve found is employers want experience, but only want to pay minimum wage for it “oh you have 10+ yeas experince? We can offer $13.60/hr”. I’m going back to work in Oz for 3 months, so we can afford to keep living here. I’d make more as a ski bum in Oz bumping chairs then working here.

    Honestly, I wish I had a time machine.

  11. Ryan

    As somone born and raised here. I agree. I just got back from a year of travel and Canada is such a let down. It’s the way our society has become obsessed with money and the false belief that what the government tells us and does must be for the best of us so we can maintain our “high standard of living”. We are a grumpy overpriced nanny state.

    • Yrene Dee

      Hi Ryan, travelling is a good education isn’t it? It brightens our outlook in life. Thanks for your comment.

  12. Jaillan Yehia

    As someone who spent about 3-4 years in Vancouver (well just outside because the city os so expensive) I am glad to read your post and realise that I am not crazy, and I am not the only one who noticed all these huge issues.

    I am not glad the issues exist, in fact I’m really sad about the drink and drugs problems, the high property prices and the lack of competition on phone, insurance and electricity I found in Canada, but the sooner people start addressing the fact that these issues exist and Canada isn’t just a dream destination with no social issues, the better. I agree it’s fab for a visit, but to live there, not for everyone, and not for me!

  13. Mary

    I grew up in new brunswick in a middle class family. After college I left in my 20s to move to toronto. I also lived in vancouver, alberta, quebec and now ottawa. \Canada is not the nice country it was the physical beauty is great, amazing parks etc. There are 4 million in food banks now. College grads cannot find any work. Massive immigration has changed the country. Older people are not respected. Alot of greed. Its highly competitive here now. Massive layoffs, etc. The taxes are high. I do not think multiculturalism is working very well I never thought it was a good idea. \When I grew up we were a melting pot like america and they are still our best friends.

  14. Mary

    White women are no longer hired for government positions. I had to leave my hometown 7 times alone to survive. Dont talk to me about racism. The maritimes lost 1.2 million people in the last 30 years because ottawa only cares about immigrants and ontario and quebec, people starve in my province. We have the lowest welfare, hardly enough doctors, no subsidized housing, no para transpo, prescriptions you have to pay for unless your one of the golden ones with a gover`A 15 hour hospital wait on average. This massive immigraiton is driving us to food banks now 4 million eat in them. People not from Canada do not care they treat canada as 2nd class to their nations and you wonder why people here 400 years like my family are angry?? lol

  15. Q.M

    Just horrible comments.. As I’m contemplating to move to Canada. . I’m from Bangladesh working at a financial institution for six years and getting paid of around $700 per month.. & can still $200 save per month.. What a bad idea it was

    • Yrene Dee

      It’s not all bad, just do your homework before you decide on a big move so you know what to expect.

  16. Jon

    Q.M, let me be sure I understand what you are saying: when you lived and worked in Bangladesh, you were paid around $700 per month and were still able to save $200 of that per month?

  17. Karen

    Maja, I couldn’t agree more with your comment above. Reading your thoughts made me very emotional and made me realize even more that I don’t belong here and need to move back to my home country. I’m from Norway and I’ve lived in Nova Scotia for 4 years now – I came to do my master’s degree, met a lovely Canadian man who is now my boyfriend, and have now worked for two years.

    Being a student was fun and I was very happy with the level and quality of the university education. However, working in Canada is a completely different story. Coming from expensive, high-taxed Norway, I’m used to thinking “everything is cheaper abroad”, but I was shocked to discover that wasn’t true for Canada. I have a decent-paying government job, but yet I find myself living from paycheck to paycheck. They extract a lot of stuff from my paycheck, not just income tax like in Norway. Luckily I don’t have kids; I have no idea how families survive on the wages here. Daycare is not government-subsidized and is outrageously expensive. I also don’t agree with how children are brought up. Parents are forced to over-protect their children due to different legislation and fear of being sued in case something happens.

    I also cannot stand that I have so little paid vacation; it makes me feel trapped. I envy my friends in Norway that have the vacation time and money to travel several times a year. I agree with you, Maja, I feel life is very boring here, not much for culture or educational and meaningful things to do. Canada has beautiful nature, but so does Norway, and city architecture here is absolutely tasteless, to be honest. I miss the excitement, history and beauty of Europe. (Your comment ‘saw all “historical” places of 100 years of age’ made me laugh so hard!! Couldn’t agree more!)

    I have lived in multiple places in the world, and Canada is the first place I’ve never made any friends, only shallow acquaintances. People are very nice and polite, but very impersonal, they never show their true feelings or speak their minds, and that makes it impossible to develop authentic, meaningful friendships.The culture is very passive-aggressive, and it’s driving me nuts. The only exception is Quebec, I really like the people and culture there, but I don’t speak French.

    My boyfriend and I have pretty much decided to move to Norway together within a year’s time and I’m so excited to finally get my life back! It was actually his idea, he is sick of Canada too.. I will never settle down in Canada again, but definitely visit.

    I really appreciate the advice and resources you provide on your site, Yrene, I think it’s very important that non-Canadians thinking about immigrating to Canada know what they’re up for. Europeans generally think of Canada as a great country to live in, but I have experienced otherwise. I think a lot of people are shocked when they come here to start a new life. Canada is definitely not for everyone.

  18. Peter Andrews

    Canadians are smug, ignorant people. They think emotionally, not logically. It’s extremely hard to have an intelligent conversation with them. They have a superficial patina of fake friendliness, but underneath they are extremely cold. People I have known here for years have never asked me what I do for a living or expressed any interest in my life.

    Food is unbelievably expensive and of very poor quality. Much of it is (unmarked) GMO, so only organic food is safe. A cauliflower where I live costs $22 in winter and about $8 in summer. Tomatoes are $8 a pound (not a kilo) in summer and about $5 in summer. Many things in the shops are several times the price of the same thing in the US – for example, today I was looking at a product I needed for an experiment which cost $145 in the US and $500 in Canada. The Internet is expensive and slow. The media makes US television seem sophisticated. The CBC produces a continual stream of left-wing propaganda.

    The country is run by people who appear to be clinically insane. In Ontario, if a child wants to have his genitals removed and to be injected with hormones because the propaganda has taught him that it’s possible to ‘change gender’ then – if his parents object – the child can be taken into care. If I address a so-called ‘trans-sexual’ using the correct pronoun for his biological sex I can be sent to jail. At the same time, the health service is falling to pieces, the economy is living on debt and the country is importing millions of people who have no usable skills. The immigration system is broken beyond repair.

    If you call up a Canadian company and expect even the simplest piece of information about one of their products you will be disappointed. Compared with Eastern Europe the quality of customer service is appalling. Nobody knows or cares what they are doing.

    On the plus side, there is a lot of lovely forest.

    I will stay here because I like the scenery. But moving from Europe, South America or Russia to live in a place such as Vancouver would be beyond insane.

    • Yrene Dee

      Hi Peter, this sounds a bit rough, but it’s your experience and opinion and I will post it. Where in Canada do you live that a cauliflower costs $22 in winter? Northwest Territories?

  19. barbara

    Hello Yrene, I came across your article and I have to say that it makes me glad – because I keep feeling I am crazy. I had lived in the U.S. for more then a decade and had a great time there. Made friends with Canadians and decided that I should move to Canada – the Canadians I met were so very happy to live in Canada and advertised Canada as a country that takes care of its people.
    What a disappointment is has been so far – everything my Canadian friends in Montreal believe in about their country, must be a decidedly Montreal way of doing things because so far life has been such a struggle, I am now thinking of returning to Europe for a while. I loved BC for the landscape but moved to Saskatchewan to a promising job at the time. None of the jobs I had paid for a life. So far none of the jobs has offered benefits of any kind – immigration was quite a feat in itself – $ 4500 dollars all in all for the Permanent Residency which has to be renewed every 5 years – nothing permanent about it actually.
    What I find most disconcerting is how little Canadians want to know about how their nation has become just like the States – while they keep saying how much they hate the Americans.
    I never met an American who said they hated the Canadians. But I have met plenty of people here in SK who say just that…so much for the polite Canadians, ey?!
    I find that education so far is very low in general – Canadians don’t speak any languages other then English, even though French is the second language.
    Many Canadians do not know the food they eat and they are not at all interested in preserving the great “backyard” they still have….tststs.
    Most Canadians I meet do not know much and they do not care to get to know more. They do not care about how their country is run and many seem to believe things are great – especially seniors from Canada are very insistent that Canada is just like Europe.
    By now I am very tired of fighting so hard for so little – the health system is broken – it is obvious. Canadians who tell me that they have free health care are mostly seniors , who had a great job for 40 plus years, own more then one house and still have their jobs because they do not have to retire anymore now – triple dipping.
    I find that many Canadians here in Saskatchewan have no respect for anyone.
    If you are from the outside, not SK, people are friendly but will not make you a friend. There is also an arrogance at work here that I find baffling…
    Hard work and great work ethics which brought me good jobs and good money in the States get me nowhere here – employers do not care about great staff – makes no difference to them apparently – wages are the lowest I have ever seen and cost of living is so high that the poverty line is always in sight so far.
    9 years now, all struggle despite all my hard work and my creative efforts … and I am beginning to think that coming to Canada was a mistake. I have wasted my life time. Hm.
    I miss the U.S. I miss people who care. Having opportunities. Having friends.
    Canada, Land of Lies 😉

    • Yrene Dee

      Hello Barbara,
      Thanks for sharing your opinion. When I wrote the article I never realized how much respond I would get. I’ve been interviews by CBC a couple of times about articles I wrote, but no request about this one. It seems to be a topic most Canadians don’t like to talk about.

  20. Marcus Dominelli

    I have lived in British Columbia, my whole life. I grew up just outside of Vancouver, and when I was 30 I moved to Vancouver Island, where I have been for the past 20 years. I have travelled and been to Europe, latin america, and south asia.
    I live in Victoria now. It is a horrendously expensive place to live, for both rent and food. There are good people, but most are smug and unfriendly.
    I run my own business here, and I am looking forward to a day when my kids are old enough and on their own, so that I can leave this place. But I am unsure where to go, as it’s one of the nicest places in Canada, LOL!
    If I could live in the U.S. I would move to Port Angelas. It’s just across the water, and I could have a much better standard of living. Houses there are about 30% the price of houses here in Victoria. Food is cheaper too, and there are friendly, unpretentious people there.
    My whole life I’ve been told that Canada is so great, but it’s a bunch of B.S.
    Yeah, I like Canada better than India, but I’d way rather live in Europe or maybe some other place. I like the outdoor life here, but that’s about it. The government and culture both suck, and we are taxed way too high. The government does not do much to take care of its people. They cater to foreigners and the rich. What is the point of having a State if it cannot look after it’s people?

  21. Serj

    Hi as someone who’s in they’re early 20s I’m scared I don’t know the place of my birth is where I want to stay, I’m concerned that this place will eat up my life and I’ll be to frail and tired to enjoy my actual life. People in this country only care about money and time is so valuable because there’s not enough time to fit more work. Jobs here pay so little the standard of living is so high. Education system is awful no one speaks French where I live (Toronto) regardless having students learn it in school. If you have any post secondary education it’s never enough because one isn’t enough. Health care is a joke(enough said). Quality of life is poor we spend so much time working that we forget to live and people don’t have time to genuinely care and keep solid relationships. All in all there isn’t a really a so called Canadian identity it’s really all improv

  22. Karen

    I’m afraid I agree with many of these comments. I’m from Norway and have lived in Canada for four years now – two years completing my master’s degree, and two years in the workforce. Recently I made the decision to move back to Norway later this year; I simply can’t see any future for me here, it would just be a life-long struggle trying to make ends meet. I never imagined it would be like this – I have a so-called good wage, but still it’s a battle every month. I simply don’t understand how Canadians can afford raising kids, it’s a mystery to me.

    Things I do like about Canada:
    – Great service
    – Overall positive, friendly and supportive people and environments
    – Landscape and nature

    Main things I dislike about Canada:
    – Low quality of living: low wages, high cost of living, over-taxation (at least here in NS)
    – Although friendly, people are impersonal, uninterested, shallow and passive-aggressive; difficult to find really good friends and make connections on a deeper level
    – Feeling of isolation: difficult to get around unless you have a car, expensive to fly within Canada and abroad
    – Boredom: unless you live in a big city, there’s really not much to do here. I miss the culture and excitement of Europe
    – Capitalism: large corporations have too much power over government and citizens (e.g., Bell, Rogers, Irving). It breaks my Scandinavian socialist and egalitarian heart
    – City planning: with exceptions of course, I find most Canadian towns and cities are quite ugly architecture- and city planning-wise. I’ve realized that I need to be surrounded by beauty, which does not include plastic houses and cheap 1980’s architecture.

    See you on vacation, Canada! I won’t miss you.

  23. sana

    i am tunisian living and working in dubai Uae thinking of moving to Canada by the end of this year.The agency fees are so high here and the procedures of getting a PR is very complicated but i still have the Canada Dream to go and settle there.Reading all these comments makes me have second thoughts.It is really hard to decide now. Speaking French and English,having a higher degree and 6 years of experience don”t make me privileged. Suffering to get a decent lifestyle is a must it seems. REALLLY SADDDD.. PLZ email me if if having anything encouraging to say : hamila_sanaa@yahoo.fr

  24. LuckyDuck

    Do not move here.

    As a Canadian born and bred (3 generations deep) who has never lived outside of Canada, I can confidently tell anyone thinking of moving here that it is a BAD idea.

    At 35 years of age, I FINALLY managed to land a full-time government job…. And STILL cannot afford to live alone as a single parent of 2.

    The housing prices are absolutely ridiculous.
    There’s no way single parents can afford to survive unless they bring in huge paycheques or apply for social assistance (a system which is severely broken and doesn’t help you to help yourself and instead lands you in a pit of financial dependence).
    Even the families with two working parents struggle to make ends meet and are in debt up to their eyeballs trying to pay for their house and bills and vehicles (because public transit here is terrible and using it carries a “poverty” stigma to boot), and feed their families and save for retirement or college for their kids…. There just isn’t enough money coming in to cover what needs to be paid out from month to month…nevermind “savings” or “extras”.

    When I graduated college as a mature student (went back after having kids) only THREE students in my class of over 30 students managed to get jobs straight out of school. All the other students ended up working part-time, low wage jobs…. All the money for tuition and the years of hitting the books didn’t pay off at all for the majority of them.

    The weather absolutely sucks…. Yeah… Let’s just face that fact.
    Who wants to drive an hour or two to work and then work for 8-10 hours and then drive home for another hour or two only to have to shovel a foot of snow off their driveway before you can even park in it for 6 months out of the year?? No one. That’s who.

    The health care…. Don’t even get me started.
    It’s a fortune. Dental care alone is enough to make your wallet weep bitter tears of agony (dental is NOT free and many companies you’d work for won’t give you benefits to help cover it unless you’re full-time or unionized. Aka: one of the lucky few who landed a good job).

    The schools…?
    I won’t go there. This comment is already getting rather long and describing the school system (and how it ties into the health care system to provide assistance to handicapped students) and how it’s utterly FAILING to prep our children for the actual “real world” is just disgusting.

    I could go on… And on… And on.

    In short: Sure! Come here for your vacation.
    Go skiing (Lord knows there’s usually plenty of snow) and enjoy the gorgeous red and orange and yellow trees in autumn and go hiking or kayaking or visit our beautiful freshwater beaches….. But DO NOT move here.

    This place is a political, social, and economical mess…. You have been warned.

    Oh…and in case anyone was wondering, I live in the GTA in Ontario.

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