Canada FactsThese days the first thing that comes to mind when someone says Canada is, 'Vancouver - Whistler and the 2010 Winter Olympics.' But in a few months that will be all but forgot. Still, migration to Canada will remain consistently strong as over 500,000 people are moving to Canada from all over the world each year. Following the Whistler Olympics immigration is likely to rise as is demand for people wanting to move to Canada. International Living has honoured Canada as the 9th Best Place to Live according to their 2010 Quality of Life Index.
More Canada FactsCanada's Population was last counted in 2009 at 33.7 million people living in 12.4 million households. Canada is 9.984 million sq. km. in size and is second only to Russia. Life expectancy for the average Canadian is 80.4 years.
Living in CanadaCanada has some of the cheapest housing in the developed world. The country has huge forests and timber is readily available as a building material. Houses in Canada are typically timber-framed and, because of climate extremes, the housing stock is usually high quality and well insulated.
Although the economy is healthy, you would be advised not to come to Canada to get rich. Canadians enjoy a very high quality of life but, compared with some of the salaries available in the USA, UK and Northern Europe, Canadians are not highly paid.
A major advantage of living in Canada is that, in most locations, it's possible to buy a comfortable, large, detached house on a normal income.
Jobs tend to be most plentiful in Toronto / Southern Ontario, Vancouver and Calgary.
Where should I live in Canada?Finding the right place to live and work may take time. Housing costs vary greatly across Canada and depend on location (city, town or rural area) and type of home (e.g., apartment or house). Where you choose to live will impact your occupational prospects, job opportunities and salary. Where do newcomers settle? Most newcomers settle in larger cities. According to Statistics Canada, the Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver census metropolitan areas(CMAs) were home to 68.9% of recent immigrants.
Top Ten Cities in CanadaMoneySense magazine has released its fourth annual list of the top 10 cities in Canada in which to live, ranking them by 24 factors, including income potential, real estate prices, taxes, access to health care and several others that take in quality of life.
The winning city, according to its mayor, gets 2,100 hours of sunshine a year, has an amazing downtown, is blessed with three top universities and a college, and has gorgeous scenery. Sound familiar? Yes, it's Victoria. (Ahh, yes, that bastion of the well-heeled, you say. Can only the wealthy afford to buy a home there? Not necessarily; it turns out Victoria is only the 10th most expensive real estate market in Canada, according to MoneySense.) It bumped previous favourite Ottawa down to second spot. Neither Toronto nor Montreal made the grade.
The other cities on the Top 10 list: 2. Ottawa-Gatineau 3. Kingston, Ont. 4. Burlington, Ont. 5. Vancouver 6. Moncton, N.B. 7. Fredericton, N.B. 8. Winnipeg 9. Peterborough, Ont. 10. Brandon, Man.