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Seven reasons to love living in Canada

By Kevin Press, BrighterLife.ca

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Seven reasons to love living in CanadaA study published yesterday by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that “Canada performs exceptionally well in measures of well-being,” according to an online report. On a range of measures — housing, income, health and safety — Canada scored among the world’s best-performing countries. The study scored 36 nations, including 34 OECD members, Russia and Brazil. No overall ranking is reported.

The findings will surprise some, given our 7.2% national unemployment rate, 14.5% youth unemployment rate and economic growth projections that remain soft in the short term.

Here are seven highlights from the OECD report:

  • Income: The average household earns US$28,194 each year after taxes. That’s more than US$5,000 above the OECD average. There is disparity at both ends of the earnings spectrum though, not surprisingly. The top 20% takes home US$55,718, while the bottom 20% earns US$10,526. We ranked seventh on household wealth and ninth on income.
  • Community: Canadians spend two minutes a day volunteering; that’s about half the OECD average. On the other hand, 64% said they’d helped a stranger in the last month. (The OECD average is 48%.) And 94% know someone they could count on if needed. We ranked seventh on support network.
  • Housing: Nine in 10 Canadians are satisfied with their housing. The average home in this country provides 2.6 rooms per occupant, more than any other country. And 99.8% of Canadians live in a home with a private washroom that has an indoor, flushing toilet. (The OECD average is 97.8%.) We ranked 24th on the ratio of housing costs to income, eighth on basic facilities and first on number of rooms per person.
  • Environment: We’re better than average on both air pollution and water quality measures. We ranked 14th on pollution and 12th on water quality.
  • Health: Our life expectancy at birth is 81, a full year above the OECD average. And 88% of Canadians say they are in good health. Health spending in this country makes up 11.4% of gross domestic product. (The OECD average is 9.5% of gross domestic product.) We ranked third in health and 17th in life expectancy.
  • Safety: Just 1.3% of Canadians said they were assaulted over the one-year period leading up to the survey. That’s well below the OECD average of 4%. Our homicide rate is less impressive. It’s 1.6%, only marginally below the average rate of 2.2%. We ranked first on assault rate and 23rd on homicide rate.
  • Work-life balance: Canadians work an average 1,702 hours per year. That’s 74 hours below the OECD average. When asked if they work more than 50 hours a week, 4% said yes. (The OECD average is 9%.) We ranked ninth on working long hours.

The full index is made up of 11 categories. Canada ranked 27th on job security, fourth on student skills, fourth on government transparency and eighth on life satisfaction.


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marsha mino on

Iam sorry I do not know who you people talk to but you should come to my address in Hamilton….we are living in mold sewage bugs etc… have crooks and perverts for security tenants right now they have the air conditioning on through out the building we have severely disabled and very sick people in here it is as if they are trying to make us sick…..they had to replace all pipes in here as they were aluminum place was built in 87…….the security tenants break the law all over the place they illegally enter your unit..help themselves to your food and belongings and when tenants end up in the hospital they use their apts……..this is the tip of the iceburg….we live on extremely low incomes most have to go to food banks….the security tenants pick on people intimidate them bully them and those who make complaints are severely picked on….there have been so many deaths in this place since these 2 security tenants have been here it is frightening I have been here 17 years and cannot believe what is happening here in the last few years…..we are now owned by the city of Hamilton…they are pure evil and do not like whistleblowers…the news media tried to come here a few years back both security tenants were told not to let them in or talk to them….I have mega to say and can prove all. 405 york blvd…looks great on the outside but it is the twilight zone inside we all have black mold problems etc…

Rose on

I went to Australia with my family from the Philippines as a landed immigrant but as a young woman I always wanted to come and see Canada. After seeing Canada I knew I wanted to live here for good and I have never looked back. My family thought I was crazy, I gave up Australia for Canada. Canada is felt home to me, I really loved four seasons weather. Funny I loved snow, It is just like magic…. a winter wonderland. Canada was good to me I went to school here, got my first wonderful job ( work in a dental field), wonderful boss. Got married to a wonderful smart high school math teacher and two smart kids right now both in universities. Beautiful house and a cute fur baby maltese dog. I live in north Toronto in a small town away from crazy and crowded Toronto. We used to live in Scarborough, I had very good neighbors there white canadian, immigrants from different part of the world. I must says….we all get along . I missed them! But we wanted to move to a small town after my husband retired from teaching. We are loving here too in our new place. People here are also friendly and layback. My whole neighborhood always looking after for each other, every one owns a snow blower! It means in winter time I have no problem! My car is getting out of our driveway easy. Well I can speak only for myself, my experience here in Canada is wonderful. Some immigrant had very bad life experienced but doesn’t mean every one had the same sad story, some are lucky enough to enjoy what Canada can offer. The truth I deserved this life because I worked hard for it…..first I did was I have to learned to speak english without accent through reading books and magazines LOUDER so I can hear myself . I did it in front of my big mirror! It took me six months to perfect it. To all new immigrants…..you can do it too and believed me if I can do it…… you guys can do it!

    Max on

    Hi Rose, nice to hear from you motivational feedback………..also tell us also which is the small town in north Toronto u enjoy the peaceful life now ??

    Kate2014 on

    When I came to Canada, I had great expectations because I thought it was a developed country like the US. I met so many friendly and generous people in the US, but I decided to their legal process is too long and settled for Canada. In Canada, however, I immediately was snown that I do not belong here, that if I want to socialize, I need to stick with the people of the same ethnicity, that I should not have my own personality but should behave the way other people see me as a person of particular ethnicity. Wow. I never experienced anything like this in my life, and I lived in the US and in Europe.

    I got a good job, however, relationships in the office seemed a bit crazy to me, when a manager, originally from Romania, was hugging everyone around and if you kind of avoid those hugs, it was considered that you are not a team member. More, she particularly told me that why I ask so many questions, and why I’m not like this Chinese girl who was sitting quietly and only doing what she was told to do.

    Then a local married guy hit on me and badly, and I was having conversations with him that maybe he should not because he is married. However, he said that his wife does not understand him, because she is from Philippines, and he was on rebound when he married her, has no feelings, just wanted to have kids, and that she does not really care if he has affairs or not, because he is a man and brings home bacon, and she is just happy to be in Canada and have half white children. That he had affairs before, and the wife was just closing her eyes. And that he does not want to get a divorce, because then he would have to share his pension funds.

      Kate2014 on

      Some episodes with disrespectful neighbors, people in shopping areas. People in services always try to cheat you, you have to check all the time if you are paying the right price.

      Of course, there is this factor of free health care, but my friends in the US all have jobs and all have medical insurance coming with the job. Also, from what they tell me, it’s very easy to access a specialist’s care, while here in Canada people are told to go to the emergency room because there is no other way to get looked at by a specialist.

      Also, I found that while in thee US people were very friendly and helpful, in Canada everyone is for themselves and people care only about their wallet, that’s all. Even driving, American people always give you directions, are pleasant and nice, while in Canada you get those grim faces looking at you.

Ralph Winter on

“Just 1.3% of Canadians said they were assaulted over the one-year period leading up to the survey… Our homicide rate is less impressive. It’s 1.6%.” This needs to be corrected. 1.6% of Canadians are not murdered in any one year. The author means 1.6 of each 100,000.

    mjh49783 on

    The USA has 10x the homicide rate, but with that said, you’re generally safe if you stay away from the blighted areas.

CaNews Podcast on

Quite the discussion…..Canada deserves credit for it’s history and we’ve earned our pride. However, we’re letting things slide a lot these days politically. Need to be careful and more proactive.

jim on

Canada has free healthcare. That’s good. Canada doesn’t wage war (unless the US asks us to) so that’s good. Canada has lots of resources to sell to the US so that’s good. What’s bad are the following:
Too many people on welfare. Too cold in the winter. No national identity – Canada is actually two nations: Anglophone Canada and the disgruntled “nation” of Quebec that exists within Canada against its will. Most people don’t realize this, nor do they care. To be more truthful, Canada is not a country at all. It is the united nations of economic refugees that are quickly overtaking the English and French pioneers who fought the Native Americans for this barren wasteland that the Americans gave up on during the war of 1812.

    Tarit Bhattacharya on

    well, had come from South Bay area in California to live in Saskatchewan and then moved on to Ontario. The good part : Health care comes for free. People are quite laid back , so work life balance is better. Crime rates are way lower, so that’s fantastic. On the other hand , 300 days of sunshine compared to 200 days of snow and single digit temperature. The cost of housing, childcare surprisingly as high as LA.Taxes are higher than US. Canada do not have too many Global Brands and Faces(RIM was the best brand statement which is nowlosing out) , but people don’t see to really care.

orest goyan on

Mike
Either you have a short memory, or you are very uneducated.
Don’t you know, or remember, that it was the English who were incapable of taking care of themselves; and had to call on those backward and primitive Canadians to come and save them from Hitler (which they did).
And: If you had to rely on backward and primitive Canadians to save you – how much more backward and primitive must you be ?

    Suz (Brit expat) on

    You mean like when Canadians who were incapable of taking care of themselves and had to call on those Brits to come and save them from the US taking over their country in the war of 1812? I don’t recall us needing you with regard to Hitler either and am sure we’d have managed perfectly well without your small army, it was us Brits that took him down not Canada and I’m sure we’d have managed fine without you. We managed to fight our own wars very well, and still do, along with the US, can’t say Canada is so up front about defense, we have had jet planes for years as has the US, you are only just starting to get them.. UK and the US are ahead of many countries including Canada who is still behind in many ways and doesn’t have have authorities that communicate to each other efficiently or effectively, because that too is non-existent.

    Seems like it’s you Orest who is the uneducated one, along with Francois. Do stop insulting us Brits when you clearly don’t know what you are talking about, thank you! We might have to do the same in return otherwise.

      mjh49783 on

      Actually, the modern federated nation state of Canada didn’t even exist back in the War of 1812. Canada, as it was back then, was referred to as British North America. It was a collection of British colonies of which Upper Canada, and Lower Canada, were a part of.

      One other thing you haven’t considered is that if Hitler hadn’t attacked the Soviet Union, and the Japanese didn’t attack Pearl Harbor, then the British would’ve been occupied by the Germans by the end of 1942. They would’ve been subjected to the same fate as the French. You guys simply wouldn’t have had the manpower, nor the materials, to hold the Germans off by yourselves. After that, North America would’ve been next to fall. Canada and Newfoundland would’ve been overrun in spite of their best efforts, and with the US being neutral until it was too late, well, they would’ve been overrun, too. Who would be left then other than the Soviets? The Japanese would’ve probably conquered China by then, and most likely Australia and New Zealand as well, and I’d have to wonder….Would the Germans and the Japanese just carve up the Soviet Union in a two pronged attack? Or would they fight each other for the spoils?

      The point I’m making is that, while we as citizens of our respective nations love to talk a good game about how we could’ve won the war all by ourselves, it actually took a collective effort from all of the allies to win the day. That, and a little bit of fortunate circumstance as well.

      Think about it. The Normandy invasion would’ve been a failure without both the Americans, and the Canadians by your sides. Actually, would it even have happened at all?

      orest goyan on

      Suz: Did you really have to go back 200 years to find a British victory ?
      You seem to forget, or be ignorant of the fact, that Canada 200 years ago was just a land of British and French colonists. It did not even become a country until after the first World War. It was just a British colony, and the Brits were just fighting to protect there OWN citizens.
      May I suggest you google Wikipedia ( Military history of Canada during world war 1 & 2 )
      Do you know anything about Canada’s involvement in those wars ? Canada entered WW1 at the start in 1914; and world war 11 in 1939 (years before the Americans in 1942:) We had over a million military personnel active in those wars. Have you NEVER heard of the Battle of Vimy Ridge; how neither the British nor French could take it at a loss of tens of thousands of men; but the Canadians came in and did it for them ? How about Dieppe ? AND; they came in for NO OTHER REASON, but to save the Brits.
      And please don’t forget that Canada is the second largest country in the world (land wise), but there are cities , such as Mexico that have almost the same population.
      You live in Europe; why don’t you visit places like Flanders Field to see the contribution Canadians have made to save the British.
      What about the merchant marines that supplied the British with airplanes,arms, etc.? Were there any British subs there to help them, as they were being sunk by the thousands, by German subs. Yes; as unbelievable it might be
      to you – they were bringing you the jet planes you are so proud about.
      I could go on with this evidence for days; but I hope you will check this for yourself.
      Canada has ALWAYS been England’s best friend, and Queen Elizabeth 11 is still our Queen ! And may we likewise end on the same note. Let us each search out for ourselves what is true, and NOT who is right !

Pascal Bouchard on

Yes Canada generally is a vast empty country with a lot of natural beauty and open spaces. Its a very well planned, regulated, clean and safe. Canadians value simple things such as nature and outdoors.

In Canada you won’t find crazy fun like Rio, Bangkok or even Amsterdam. On the other hand, Montreal is a lively metropolis with good nightlife, shopping and a cultural scene – but even so, its pretty tame compared to many other cities around the world.

Taxes are high and the temperature is low. There are good and bad things about every country; you got to make the best of it.

Immigrant on

Canada is a country living on the money the immigrants bring in. A immigrant how well educated he/she is has to work as a labourer. They don,t have any respect for the education or work experience a immigrant brings with him. Once a immigrant gets in this country, its like getting in a trap with no means of going back. So anyone thinking of coming to this country must think 100 times before leaving their country.

    mjh49783 on

    I’m going to tell you a little secret. Every country does it to some extent.

    There are no utopias in life. Only opportunities.

Steve M on

I have read most of the comments on this topic and find it funny how people from different countries bash canada and make broad statements about life hear I have traveled all over the world and this country haved lived in the far north and south as well as the west coast. I can say British Columbia was not my most favorite place but It was different than living in northern Ontario or the praries. I make a great living have more room and opportunity than 90% of the people I have met and worked with in other counties. I think the negative comment come from hoesick people who are used to something different and dont understand what we canadians do for fun and consider important. Go fishing on a quiet lake in northern Ontario and watch the sun rise breath the fresh air and you may get a sense of what most of us know to be true. and I hope the rst of the world never finds out. This is the best place in the world to live and only lack of experience and knowledge would make you think otherwise.

    mjh49783 on

    It’s easy to feel homesick when you don’t feel at home yet. That’s the hardest part about adapting to a new home. Some people realize that where they left is their home, and they wash out as immigrants.

    What can you do? Not everyone is cut out to be an immigrant. I’ve gone through some trials myself, and I’ve thought about going back. However, the reason why I stay is because I know full well what I would be going back to…..watching people being foreclosed out of their homes while their tax dollars fund the same bankers that screwed everyone over, for example. Oh, and there’s no work, and no opportunities, or else there wouldn’t be over 47 million people on food stamps, and more people per capita in prison, than in any other country on the planet.

    Case in point, I see nothing to go back to at all.

    Canada is not a utopia. I’ve already made that point clear in an earlier post. However, I wasn’t looking for an utopia. I was looking for a better life. Besides, utopias don’t exist, and people that go in search of them always find disappointment.

      Dawn on

      People move all the time, they migrate within the country and emigrate to other countries. It’s very similar. Some people move to NYC or LA from small towns, some people move to Canada from different countries. The difference is that in Canada you immediately encounter discriminatory attitude, and you are forced to bunch together with others of your own ethnicity. It is very racial approach here in Canada, and local people are very ignorant and discriminatory to others. It’s probably the same as it was in Kosovo, when local Serbs did not want Albanians.
      So new immigrants to Canada are put in a position that they are taken by others as people of particular ethnicity, disregarding individual qualities of a person. And local people also are very invasive.
      Of course, you get better financial conditions than in many other countries, and that’s the real reason for moving for many.

      mjh49783 on

      “….The difference is that in Canada you immediately encounter discriminatory attitude….”

      And that is the part that’s just not true, at least from my experience. However, living a year in southern Ontario was certainly an eye opener. The natives there were discriminating against my wife as well, and she’s one of them! Well, I guess that’s not really so as she’s not a native of southern Ontario. The joke’s on them though, because while the people there can be all smug and stuff, their economy is really nothing at all to brag about. Meanwhile, it sure as heck didn’t hurt us to head back north. Less smog, and less smug. Besides, I hate big cities, anyway.

      Look at Toronto, for example. Full of smug, yet needs an army to dig them out of a snowstorm? LOL

      Look at London. Who planned that mess? What a sprawling nightmare! Very dull to look at outside of downtown, and everybody looks alike. Also, people have no clue how to drive there! Nobody is going to confuse that place with London, England!

      Look at Windsor. Big blue collar union town. Consistently votes NDP, lots of smug and arrogance that’s across the river from the great post industrial nightmare that is Detroit, Michigan. And, it’s the unemployment capital of Canada, too. Oooooh! What’s not to like? (sarcasm)

      Still, it’s very hard to pick on an entire country for what I’ve experienced in a small segment of it. Especially when a different segment of the same country is just not like that.

Bernie Halligan on

Having come to Canada in 1972 with my English wife and two young daughters I can only say that it was the best move we ever made. I am Irish and love Ireland but our life here in Ontario, Canada for the past 41 years has been a wonderful experience. God Bless Canada.

Surf on

I have lived in Canada a long time and have travelled outside of Canada just as long.
Canada is becoming a worse place to live over the last 20 years mostly because of the governement.
Things that are getting worse:
Cost of living versus income. CPP and UI changes. Too High immigration. Too high taxation. Too many new regulations ,fees and fines. Weather becoming worse by the year. Traffic congestion in major cities too high.
Fraud is commonplace but the justice system panders to the elite.
Prejudice towards men in family court, divorce settlements.
Dental costs are very high and for seniors almost unaffordable.
Prescription medicine overly inflated.
Company pension plans becoming non existent for increasing numbers of workers.
Companies leaning more to hiring temporary workers with lower pay and no benefits at all.

Things getting better:
I tried to think of some things that have gotten better but can’t think of even one.

With a huge tide of boomers retiring now I expect most things will be getting worse and would not recommend moving here

Catherine M. on

As a matter of fact, Ionly !!!! described how badly I was treated by natural…..Canadians. I certainly experienced a lot of hidden racism, harrassment, bulying, put-downs in Canada, because I am an immigrant, and I am Caucasian. from a well developed west European country. It took me 20 years of living in Canada to understand the cruelty of racism. I cannot imagine what the people of colour are going through…..
I deeply regret coming here and recently am in a process of moving back to Europe. That as much as for multicultural Canada. Immigrants are NOT welcomed here.
To this day I do not understand how it is possible, that such a beautiful country has so mean people. Canadian – by my experience are fake, very friendly on the surface, but they never take you in. They never make real friends.

MIKE EMERALD on

A STORY FOR THE NAYSAYERS
A young man traveling in the desert came to an Oasis. He saw a wise old man sitting there and asked him “what kind of people live in this town”?. The old man replied with a question ” what were the people like in the town you are leaving”?. The young man said “they were very nice”. The old man said “you will find the people here very nice too”.
A short while later a second traveler arrived and asked the old man “what kind of people live here”? The old man asked him “what were the people like in the town you just left”? The second traveler said “they were a really lousy bunch”. The old man said “you will find the people here are a lousy bunch too”.
After the second traveler departed the first young who overheard all this said “wise old man,how come you gave two different answers to both of us when the question was the same”? The wise old man said “you will find what you are expecting in life”
A pertinent story, perhaps, for the naysayers.

Mara Robertson on

I came to CA 23 years ago, from West. European country, I had 1 year work visa, wanted to see this beautiful country. Eventually I met my ( now he is my former…husband) husband – Canadian, and stayed here. Perhaps, it was me, perhaps my bad luck, but now, 23 years later I am regretting my decision of staying here very much.

Please, do not take me wrong. Canada IS a beautiful country, mountains, lakes, oceans, forests, and so on. I do not hide the fact, that I got a lot of support from the government. It was often a support that was OFFERED to me, because I was an immigrant, and yet, the “real” Canadians could not get an equal support from their own government. Talking about can. government paying for my computer course.

Yet, somehow, I had a big problem with people – or Canadians had a problem with me. It came to the point where I GAVE UP. I used to work in my home country for 12 years prior to moving to CA. I’ve never had any major problem with coworkers, with people. I have a university degree, yet in Canada I never got credentials, therefore I was happy and willing to work in mid level administrative fields.
However, I had to come to CA, to experience the most horrible behaviour, passive aggressive treatment, lies, racism – I am Caucasian…yet, racism was touchable, Canadians making “innocent fun” of me, pointing endlessly….. at my accent – when it was nothing else to point at, Canadians making fun…. of my home country, attacking my personal hygiene !!!! when they had nothing to pick at. First time in my life I STANK…..Little games, making fun of people, hiding information, ridiculing people, smiling to the face and stabbing in the back.
I do not know to this day WHY was it like this. And it was not one job, but several. I am not an arrogant or mean person, I am – or I was generally a very happy person, I do not like confrontations, I do not put people down, yet, I finished being diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder relating to the harassment and bullying at my last work.
This passive-aggressive behaviour was present at each of my jobs in Canada, it only escalated to absolutely unacceptable levels at my last place of work. Simple data entry, no problem with technical part of the job, yet, people were horrible.
I am trying to cope, and thinking, that perhaps it was only my bad luck what I’ve experienced, but now I am wishing nothing more than to go “home”. I do not trust anybody here. I realized, I will be always “different”, that one with the “accent”, who is “too smart”….
Canadians ARE very friendly on the surface, but they are NOT friends. I tried to make friends, invited several Canadians to my home, they came, accepted, we had a good time, yet, I never got an invitation to visit their home. It was some big secret, I do not know…..I cannot put my finger on WHAT was wrong, and I stopped trying to figure it out.
I cannot say anything bad about any organization / office / institution I’ve dealt with during my journey. Yet, interacting with many people here….left me very vulnerable and I lost any self-esteem and do not trust any person here.
Perhaps it was my own problem, that I did not have skin thick enough, I do not know. However, I do regret coming here. Perhaps people from the 3rd world countries find CA wonderful….but not me.
PS: Please, forgive me my English, I am an ESL.

    Dawn on

    Mara, I’m not surprised that Canadian people were not nice to you. They are not nice to everyone. They think about themselves like higher cast compared to others, just because they are not so educated and lack in intelligence and are being scared to see someone who is better than them. It’s a regular bullying situation, and Canadians are just bullies. They live from the account of immigrants, pocketing the money which newcomers pay on entrance and benefiting from cheap labor of educated people.

    I have a friend, and she literally quit her job because she could not get along with coworkers and management, and I knew her before that, she was the most sociable and joyful person. Who knows, it could happen in the US too, but I always found Americans more friendly in real sense of this word than Canadians. Canadians are wearing those fake smiles, but they are not friendly, they do not help, they are very cheap, they are not generous in heart… They just use people and look at others down.

YEG Resident on

Canada is the only country in the world that did not have to endure a civil war in order to get created… yup, boring we must seem to someone who comes from a country that does nothing but invade other countries. I wouldn’t have it any other way to be honest. I guess if it rained here all the time we would have beautiful flowers and greenery everywhere which would make our country more pleasant to the eyes, but I won’t trade my sunshine for anything else. Snow is great, keeps crime down don’t you know? What would you rather, snowflakes or higher crime rates? I love my country and hate to see it being bashed for a country that most of the world deems a dark, gloomy, wet and nobody can understand what any of you are saying, even though you invented the language! LOL – I know some of you are going to take offense to this but ask yourself this: Why do Europeans sound like North Americans when they sing? It’s because we have a neutral sounding English language, that’s why. I’ve never had to repeat myself when I speak. Canada isn’t perfect, but I would hesitate to brag about Britain in comparison.

John on

I can see people from the third world thinking that Canada is so great but they’re looking at Canada from the perspective of third world eyes. However, most people that I know from first world countries are not so enamoured of Canada. From the high cost of living, high taxes, over-regulation, to extreme political correctness, it can get pretty frustrating living here. Many of the best and brightest leave the country while low skilled labour enter, leading to greater mediocrity. Even many of the high skill persons that come to Canada end up leaving because they can make more money/pay less taxes in their own country. It’s the middle class that have to pay ever increasing taxes to support the collapsing welfare state.

This is not to say that any country is perfect, but Canadians tend to be very smug about themselves and think that any criticism of the country, however warranted, is not acceptable. I’m a born and bred Canadian who is tired of all the above. I’m in the process of applying for residence in another country and cross my fingers, I’ll get in. The country I hope to emigrate to is not perfect either but the fact that you can keep more of your money from the government and don’t have to deal with such political correctness is good enough for me.

I’m sure the smug Canadians won’t care that I leave – well, they can continue to pay higher taxes support the unskilled masses and elderly people who will take my place.

Mohammad Khan on

I came to this wonderfulc country about 17 years ago with my family. I have had some difficulties about my profession but on the whole this is a very good place to live in. I the time I have been here, I have never heard a gunshot yet. the pristine wilderness is a very great attraction. I have also gone gold prospecting albeit with little success. To say the least I have been very happy here. It is a calm, quiet and polite country. Probably appears a s dull to some, but each to his own.
Finally there are not enough words in the english language to express my satisfaction on being in this country.

Mike on

i came to Canada from the USA 10 years ago and used to have your attitude Mike….then Obama ruined my home country….Canada looks pretty good to me now!

Marina on

Happiness is a state of mind..not of things and places! I believe the majority of you would still be unhappy and find fault with any country you were residing in. Wasn’t that one of the reasons you moved to Canada to begin with? You were not happy or dissatisfied with the status quo and decided that the grass was greener on the other side.

    mjh49783 on

    Marina….

    I can accept that, speaking for myself, that I will always have a bit of a wanderlust in my psyche. I don’t believe it to be a bad thing either, as it has given me the ambition to see a lot of the USA, and now Canada as well.

    But like I said before. I don’t have enough information to formulate an opinion on Canada as a whole, but I know I don’t like southern Ontario. Nevertheless, southern Ontario is not representative of the entire nation of Canada, and I don’t agree with those that just go to one particular place in a country, have a bad experience, and then denigrate the entire country for it.

    Personally, I never liked big cities, and I know I wouldn’t likely be very happy in a place like Toronto, London, Windsor, etc…. but, thinking of my wife’s medical needs, we thought she would be better served down there. Nah. Neither one of us liked it one bit, and her health ended up deteriorating as a result, so we ended up going back up north. I am pretty happy here, but I always want to see more.

    Dawn on

    Marina,
    People move by many different reasons, and apart from getting married or transferred by their jobs, most people move to better their lives. People move from small villages to big cities because there are more opportunities; many younger people enter universities in different places than their hometowns, to move on and to create their lives in better conditions, make more money, have more entertainment options around. This is general tendency, and moving to another country is the same. Instead of a bigger city you just moved to another country, because it was presented well on internet and seemed like a lot of new, better opportunities.
    Look at the huge Jewish emigration of the 80s from the former Soviet Union. Soviet Union was a poor country, and once the borders were open, people who could (Jewish people) left for Europe and America who provided better living standards, better stores, better housing etc.
    People move to better their lives, and not because they are like mentally unhappy somewhere else.

mjh49783 on

I’ve been living in Canada as a PR since 2012 after emigrating from the US, and my opinion regarding Canada as a country is mixed, and is woefully incomplete.

All I really know is from my life experiences in Ontario, and to be blunt, I hate Southern Ontario! Most of the people I’ve run into there are so petty, fake, rude, and full of themselves that I thought I was back in Metro Detroit. As for Northern Ontario, there is a lot of beautiful natural scenery to behold, and while there are some jerks up here, as one can find people like that anywhere, really, at least some people here are pretty friendly.

Honestly though, I just don’t see myself here in Ontario for the rest of my life. I want to see more. A part of me could be happy in a place like Saskatchewan or Alberta, being surrounded by prairie, while another part could be happy in either Newfoundland, or Nova Scotia, while overlooking the ocean. I guess the hardest part for me is trying to convince my wife, whom is reluctant to change, to go along with the idea.

    Dawn on

    Marina,
    People move by many different reasons, and apart from getting married or transferred by their jobs, most people move to better their lives. People move from small villages to big cities because there are more opportunities; many younger people enter universities in different places than their hometowns, to move on and to create their lives in better conditions, make more money, have more entertainment options around. This is general tendency, and moving to another country is the same. Instead of a bigger city you just moved to another country, because it was presented well on internet and seemed like a lot of new, better opportunities.
    Look at the huge Jewish emigration of the 80s from the former Soviet Union. Soviet Union was a poor country, and once the borders were open, people who could (Jewish people) left for Europe and America who provided better living standards, better stores, better housing etc.
    People move to better their lives, and not because they are like mentally unhappy somewhere else.

Suchita on

You know, its weird that everybody here is talking about Canadians like they all do this, or they all do that. Wake up guys, there are a good things and bad things no matter where you are, and the balance between them depends on not only where you are exactly, but also what kind of person you are and you’re outlook on life. On the same note, for those of you who’ve either been saying how nice everyone is or how everyone is boring, you do realize that there are more people in Canada than just the small circle of people that you come in contact with everyday? Seriously, some people may like here, others may hate it… everyone is entitled to there opinion (so you don’t need to attack each for it!), but being judgmental and stereotyping an entire nation is just ridiculous.

    Dawn on

    People describe their experiences, and if there are bad experiences in Canada, then obviously it says against Canada in general.

      mjh49783 on

      If that is so, then every place on the planet is a bad place, which is just not true. What IS true however is that you can count on people to complain about something or other.

      Dawn on

      What I was trying to say is that this is your life in Canada, and compared with your life in some other country it can be better or worse. You are being cautious and talk about Southern Ontario only, but some people don’t think regionally :), they just describe this new experience as Canadian experience in general. And so we see here who has what experiences.

      And actually, if you had some little bad experience, you would not come on internet to reflect on it, so I guess some people were hurt in Canada a lot.

      Suchita on

      Dawn- And that doesn’t strike you as odd? To judge an entire country, regardless of how big or small it is, based on your singular experience in a minuscule area of that large country? People say don’t judge a book by its cover, but this is like judging a 600 page novel by the first word in the title- thats about, in my opinion, how much the average person experiences a country. Obviously there are others who are able to get the whole title, or maybe even get a few chapters in.. but still, to say something so generic about the entire country doesn’t make sense to me.

      mjh49783 on

      Dawn….

      If I had not run into this website and browsed through the commentary, I likely would not have bothered to post any of my negative experiences. But as an immigrant, there are days where I have felt homesick, and I wonder how other immigrants cope. I guess some immigrants really don’t cope, and they just go home.

      I’ve pretty much have always thought regionally, myself. Thinking nationally is just too narrow of a point of view in my opinion. For example, when anyone asks where I’m from, I simply say that I’m from a small town in the thumb of Michigan. Saying I’m from the US is just too general, and it doesn’t really answer the question in my opinion, but it does put national stereotypes into people’s heads, and that doesn’t always turn out well.

      Dawn on

      You know, MJH, never was I asked where in Canada I am from (when I was for example, in the US). And here, in my workplace, people talk about the US in general, like “Oh, health care is awful in the US”, “Everyone has a gun in the US”, “There is a lot of crime in the US”…. – which ever was my experience while I was in the States. Also, at work, when asked people from other countries are like “I’m from China”, “I’m from Philipines”, and so on – no one mentions where in particular they come from. But of course, maybe they are just answer it like this, but think about themselves like someone from a particular town.
      Or maybe it comes with years if living in a foreign country – first you think about yourself as of being from this town, but then when everyone around is ignorant and don’t know geography, you just starts to associate yourself with your whole home country, because this is what others would want to hear.

Raj on

Mike is right, Canada is a pretty boring place and Canadians are the most boring people in the world I think.I live in France and it’s such a wonderful and beautiful country, with very interesting people.

Kanwal Sethi on

I have worked and lived in many countries as well as travelled almost all over the world, Canada is the best of all in every aspect. It is a amazingly beautiful country, people are wonderful and very hardworking, truly multicultural community in its real sense. This country is very peaceful, safe and offers so much to do in every field especially for the highly educated and professional people. The progressive people of the world are now immigrating to Canada for achieving their American dreams through Canada. God Bless Canada.

Satisfied Expat on

I am surprised at the number of respondents who describe England as wet & dreary, I left England after 33 years for Canada & have lived on the westcoast for the past 30 years & have no regrets however it is a lot wetter here than the wettest part of England. It is a misconception that it allways rains in England. It is not at all unusual for it to rain for days on end on Canada’s westcoast whereas in England it will rain for a brief period then stop, showers in the true sense, whereas what the Weatherman refers to here as a shower translates into non-stop rain for several days.

    Jeff on

    Boring country full of arrogant, hypocritical superficially polite, but irrationally selfish people. No sense of culture, terrible taste in everything they do, total inability to think out of the box, close-mindedness and hidden omnipresent racism. Stupid rules and over regulations . High taxes. Bunch of back stabbers and hypocrites.

      Dawn on

      I so totally agree! Well said!

    Archie on

    You forgot smug, and if anyone doubts the standard of schooling, just look at the spelling/punctuation/syntax of some of these comments!

HappyCanadianImmigrant on

I immigrated to Victoria, BC from Newport Beach, California back in 2009 and it has been the best decision since deciding to marry my Canadian wife.

My quality of life has improved tremendously from spending 4 hours a day idling in California traffic to 4 hours of free time able to spend playing golf, walks on the beach w/ family, hiking, exercising, meeting a friend for coffee or a beer, and mostly more time with my family.

However, I would never move to Alberta regardless of stories about the average joe making over $100K in the oil industry. I also wouldn’t move to any big city. It defeats the reason for leaving Southern California in the 1st place.

The Canadian naysayers/ downers obviously live in either crappy places like Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. These same migrants may also have crappy jobs that will only fuel their displeasure for Canada.

Being a former business owner in California allowed me to travel all over the U.S. for many years so I know what places like New York, South Florida, Chicago, the Bible Belt from Dallas, Tx., to Atlanta, GA., New England states, and across the Midwest from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Columbus, Ohio all have to offer.

Life in Canada couldn’t be better. Canadians are by far more seasoned travellers than the Americans. My U.S. friends think a big trip is flying from Los Angeles, California to Miami, Florida. Whilst, a big trip from my Canadian buddies is spending 6 months traveling around Southeast Asia.

In the end, it comes down to how you set yourself up for a comfortable life. I don’t have a 9 to 5 job and make a wonderful living in Victoria which can be hard if you’re not relying on the MAN. Maybe that’s the real reason for my happiness in Canada. Hmm….

David Ross on

People spitting out facts… this is ridiculous. The people who don’t enjoy Canada must not get out much, and would probably not enjoy living anywhere, because they would also have to be intolerant, self righteous, and have a hard time making friends.
Every day I’m grateful I didn’t grow up in the U.S, and although I like to visit NY, FL, CA from time to time it is not somewhere I could tolerate to live. The extreme poverty juxtaposed with extreme wealth is disgusting. The lack of personal job and health security is disgusting.
Canada has so much culture to see, and the natural beauty is incredible. Which is very much the same south of the Border in the US or across the pond in Europe.
I’m 23, Canadian born, and I’ve lived all over this country, and seen every province as my parents wanted to award me that experience. It blows my mind to see the immaturity of grown adults projecting their own shortcomings in life onto the fact that they live in a specific country. I would expect this kind of behaviour from teenagers, dropouts, and backwood hillbillies.
Moreover, these comments are for the most part themselves are self defeating. The people who don’t like Canada generally have the most aggressive, abrasive, and most of all ignorant comments.
Someone should just write a news article about this thread, and caption some of the idiocies brought about in discussion.

Remember… Canadians live longer, are more educated, more travelled, and have better standards of life because its something we have, as a country, together, worked towards. That is what makes Canada so amazing.

    Peter on

    No kidding. I’m an expat from the United States who lived in Canada, but unlike yourself, I had the good sense to get the hell out after 6 months! I have to largely disagree with a few here about Canada’s “Protestant work ethic” which leads to an insufferably boring culture. As a native New Yorker, I moved to Toronto under the TN Visa in the field of law. My Canadian colleagues wouldn’t work overtime without pay like my American ones, and moreover, ambition is sorely lacking there. If there really were a strong Protestant Work Ethic, there would be a premium on getting the job done even without the extra pay – it’s not quite like that in Canada as it is in the US. Creative ideas, fruitful collaborations, visions, just simply aren’t valued at a premium in Canada. Without the culture of entrepreneurship or the many years of living with diversity (a la multiculturalism) in the United States, I’ve always been shocked by the provincialism and racism within Canada – no matter how much they like to profess themselves as a “mosaic nation” and us as a forced-assimilationist “melting pot”, something that every Canadian schoolchild learns from day one.

    As a black man from Harlem who is very proud of his heritage both as an African-American *and* an American, it struck me that Canadians simply aren’t culturally sophisticated. The idea that I’m proud of my ethnic group to have contributed immensely to American culture while being “apart” from it has been the struggle and glory of my group. We’ve developed Jazz, Hip-Hop, Toni Morrison, Langston Hughes, Jimi Hendrix, all great Americans, mind you! In Canada, the notion of “separate but equal” doesn’t ring a bell, something that has haunted the United States for many years. In Canada, multiculturalism means separating different ethnic groups without understanding that in doing so, they are condemning minorities as the “them”. Canadians aren’t race-blind, culture-blind, they just “aren’t”. In Canada, I am looked at differently, and I would often get the question, “it must be awful living in the United States as a Black Man” – which in itself begs the curious thought: “you’re already looking at me differently, doesn’t that mean something about Canada”.

    There’s therefore no cosmopolitanism in Canada. They fail to both preserve cultures as well as *create* cultures there. Has Canada maintained immigrant enclaves since the 19th century, like the Irish in Boston, Jews in New York, Chinese in San Francisco? Nope. Go to any major American city and you’ll experience many respectable fusion restaurants – French-Cuban, Japanese-American Southern, Mexican-German, what have you. In the United States, we cherish diversity as well as American culture. What about you Canadians, what is it that you have to offer? The only distinguishing identity of the Canadian is “I’m not American”.

    Great, you’re not.

    Take a stroll down NYC. We’ve got “sidewalk culture” as well as “cafe culture”, but there’s a lot more as well. Yesterday, I walked down Astoria, Queens, and I swear I must have heard at least 10 different languages within a span of 5 minutes down the street. I ate at a Polish restaurant. The customers came from all walks of life, something that Canadians aren’t familiar with, that is, “mingling” or “integration”. The waiter was a gay Puerto-Rican American. A nice 90+ year old Polish lady kindly sat next to me and we talked about the Civil Rights movement and how Martin Luther King was indeed one of our founders. Behind me there was a professor from Columbia who partaked in the conversation as well and lent us some books.

    That’s what Canadians as well as this author doesn’t understand – Canadian cities simply aren’t diverse and people are indoctrinated to see other cultures as being separate but equal. Go to Chinatown in Toronto and everyone’s Chinese, it’s the same with every “ethnic” neighborhood. They keep to themselves.

    No entrepreneurship, a false understanding of diversity, pathetic architecture, no ambition, and no intellectual life in Canada. Solve these problems and you’ll be golden. Also, try to get a soul.

    I’m glad you’re not American. I’m not Canadian either. But I’m happy to report that I got out of there and my life is sooo much more enriching in the United States.

Felix N on

What is making me to really wonder is the attitude of people in these comments. You guys dont even have one idea of how lucky you are to be living in any part of Canada or been called a Canadian. Have you guys travelled to some very poor and dangerous countries to live and/or maybe see things for yourselves?
Here you have good roads, schools, governement provisions etc (COMPARATIVELY VERY GOOD LIFE) yet you complain.
Try living in other poorer countries that have sun shine all year round and I promise you; you may end up taking your life. For me; I have lived in such places and just got my PR and relocated here. You know what; CANADA is just TOOO GOOOOOODDDD! Period. Yeah the weather may be cold bla bla bla, fine; try a warmer clime that has nothing compared to Canada in terms of other aspects like an enabling environment or social infracstructure and do your maths. Enough said.

Felix N on

Haaaahhh, Ok if you think CANADA is this or that, fine. You know what; why not travel to Eritria or Syria or Somalia and live there. The weather in those places are very hot like that you wont complain of cold. Oh did I forget, just end it all up in Sudan when you want to retire.
The truth is; if you think somewhere is not your cup of tea then leave that place, BUT on one condition..DO NOT COME BACK……

Elise on

Ha Ha! I bet Mike Donovan is really smiling about all the replies. He is getting the attention he wants. After all his life is very boring. He said so!

Michael A. Green on

And not one mention of the weather. It’s been MINUS 30, Minus 20 for about 10 days. Cold temperatures like these can last weeks. All that fuel used to warm a solid frozen car. You even have to plug it to an electrical socket to ensure your car starts the next morning. I tried explaining that to my friends in Italy, ‘No way, that’s not possible. You have to PLUG your car into a electrical plug-in? No, doesn’t make sense.’ I would rather be in Rome or Tuscany or Pescara. Last February I flew from YYC (Minus 25) through FRA and landed in Pescara and it was green and PLUS 18. We sat at an outdoor cafe and drank beer. I’ll take that any day over 9 months of winter.

Harry Ann-onymous on

Wake up, everyone! Canada is sooooo boring. In Toronto most people don’t even seem alive ! Consumerism…..monopolies….fear…the machinery of capitalism grinds everyone to dust so that a silly few can build another mega yacht …. Time for outrage…wake up!

Randy on

Gotta love some ignorant, uneducated, arrogant Brits (Most Brits I know are totally cool by the way)
Let’s do some Math – Britain GDP approx 2.4B Population approx 64 Mil – Canada GDP approx 1.8B Population approx 35 Mil – By Population Canadians are a stronger economic powerhouse.
Look up rankings for life expectancy, clean air/water/housing/gas prices and you will find Canada far better than the UK by a wide gap.
I leave it to everyone to do their own research on any comparison between the two – Canada by a large margin will be superior in almost every metric.
The majesty of the Rockie Mountains/St Lawrence Valley/Maritimes/Burgess Shale to name a few is incomparable to anything in the UK.
Please also compare infrastructure/plumbing/electric grid between the two as well…

‘Nuff Said

Eric Colwell on

Wow i wonder who they are getting there info from?I am Canadian and have been working an average of 70 hrs a week for yrs just to make ends meet.As do any Canadians i know.Anyone living off 28,000 a year is likely house with many other just to afford there rent,as that kind of money will not get you a mortgage.We are if not the highest taxed citizens in the world and keeps climbing.

We may ranl low on air and water quality buu that depends where you live In Canada.check out Fort Mcmurray Alberta ,its like walking on Mars.Don’t be fooled check it out closely before you ever consider living here,our winters are harsh and our government is scandalous just like yours.

Eric Colwell,Edmonton AB

Kim WL on

It’s friggen cold here eh! But there is no place on the planet I would rather live. I am Canadian born and bred and if you think my country, my people, my government (which is democratically elected) is boring, dull and corrupt then well, sorry. I guess the Cnadian way of apologizing is dull too. But hey, you don’t have to stay and there are many people from all over this wonderful planet wanting desperately to come…..to live in freedom, amongst us dull ones.

Phil on

I am from the UK and I have lived in Calgary for nearly 7 years, we have had a great time, my kids love it and when we visit the UK they want to get back “home”. we do not miss the rain and damp in UK and since living in Calgary I no longer have asthma, I used to live on puffers in the UK. but thankfully have never needed one in Alberta. People smile at you in Canada and the pioneering spirit is amazing as people are so friendly and very willing to help the “British move ins” I would recommend Canada to anyone especially the blue skies. Thank you Canada and God bless the Queen.

Sheldon on

You can find horrible people any where and Canada is no exception. I suppose, it might depend on what you’re actually looking for. I’m just a guy, not better than any other and worse than some and It’s disheartening to see one lash out at others with words like “culture”. From experience, it is a word most often used by those who feel superior yet rarely prove to be so.

I love reading so I have a library at home. Camping, hiking, canoeing, gardening, these are all part of my personal culture and are, one might say, spiritual to me. I cannot imagine my life without mountains and rivers and forests and books and yet, I quite realize that more than a few would find my life dull. Perhaps, it’s a matter of not looking outward.

Jonas B. on

I am surprised at how personalized views and local perceptions skew the essence of what makes Canada a great country. I’ve never seen this page before and wouldn’t take to post time if I didn’t feel so strongly about speaking to the wide-sweeping statements and generalizations for and against the nation due to a lack of true optics. In a place as big as Canada you will never see the forest for the trees.

As a citizen of the UK and of Lithuanian and Irish ancestry – compared to my European relatives (some who lived the Soviet Experiment) life here is good. I’ve lived in Brisbane (AUS), Ottawa (CAN) , Birmingham (UK), Hong Kong (SAR-PRC) and Toronto (CAN) during my short time here on earth ……… while every Canadian citizen or resident is not wealthy, without worries, frustrated by bureaucracy, taxes, price and job globalization – mostly it is a wonderfully comfortable place to live, where most people are happy and a place where I can always call my home.

Where I live is a a place whose values of tolerance, understanding, generosity towards the citizens of the world. That have made us what we are: a place of basic respect and dignity for of all our citizens. Here not everyone is as cheeky as the stereotypical Aussie or stereotypically witty Brit, not everyone as flush with financial opportunities for massive wealth as Hong Kong (where there is also plenty of abject poverty and seven migrants from the rest of the PRC living 7 to a matchbox flat on the 31st floor). Some might call Canada boring but it is a stable, safe, comfortable, polite place with lots of repetitively mundane beauty (not boring or ugly – just huge in it’s repetition and places of beauty in the oddest places). You’ll never get rich quick, but you’ll never suddenly be left without care. A just society built on peace, order, and good government that results in a stable banking and investment, basic education and decent medical care as results shouldn’t really be a leap of logic.
We excel at being competent, mediocre but simple, free from war and ethnic terror. Other countries invest in weapons and suffer civil strife, we invest in the general well-being of our citizens. Other countries tolerate poverty and despair, we work hard to ensure a basic level of decency for everyone. Other countries resort to violence to settle differences, we work out our problems through compromise and mutual respect. It’s a place at peace, where tolerance of differences and sharing of cultures does happen. In urban centres there are ethnic clusters, but they are not like some of Europe’s larger ghetto’s (those who are not “us” live there in blatantly worse conditions – try on Turkish neighbourhoods in Brussels or Paris on for size). Riots and protests due to ethnic tensions happen in those places because of societal isolation and abandonment.
Now despite recognizing the discrimination first nations people and new immigrants here may face, it is a far cry from the hatred, segregation and class systems elsewhere. Rural, francophone Quebec is onto itself a completely different societal dimension. It is both unique in holding past legitimate grievances, while concurrently making social changes often in-congruent with the rest of Canada. This I won’t elaborate on for a lack of opinion, but some academics have made entire careers discussing this distinctness within our country.
However, the ethnic clusters exist here for a reason – for community services and the coalescence of ties; it makes transition to Canadian life easy and comfortable. Most people when they first move to Canada they go where ‘their expatriates live’; that’s where to find the media from back home, in their mother tongue, to buy groceries so they can make food like I back home, celebrate and commiserate their faith or feel attachment with to those who came before them. They are not ghettos for “us” versus “them” – all colours, races, sexual orientations, creeds are largely free to shop, eat and play amongst one another. They do eventually join a society in equals but the first generation bears the brunt of discrimination and tribulations; however, it is most certainly easier to cope with the community supports in Canada then amongst the ethnic and racial divides elsewhere.
Looking at my own 7-year old sons school pictures and meeting his playmates speaks to this point – mostly second generation Canadians – you can spin the globe, pick a spot and it’s pretty well represented – all mutually respect playmates that become equally respectful equal citizens some of whom will most certainly intermarry and share in all life’s aspects. We are not the American melting pot but the Canadian Mosaic. A meal or afternoon out with my work colleagues is just a likely to be Chennai-style Kotthu Roti with my Han Chinese co-worker as a visit to a halal Uighur kebab house with my half-French Canadian, half Polish friend (from the same office tower) who identifies openly as a lesbian who was brought up as a child in the Jewish faith. After work we all go out in the relatively balmy -2C weather to skate together after our corporate year-end party. Literally all of which DID happen in my life within 10 days me of writing this rant.
In summary to a very long but hopefully appreciated (or read) post – understand the place we live in which is only as good as we make it for today. Writing this piece 50 or even 15 years ago might have had a completely different refection … but one last important point before closing: the current federal government has done great harm to our reputation, quality of life and attractiveness to new immigrants.
We are an international shame on the environmental front right now, we are nowhere near high-speed rail or urban-wide WiFi in our major municipalities, our infrastructure and technology is outdated and wood fireplaces and septic tanks are still pretty common; which is odd for a place rife with oil, precious gemstones and tremendously well-educated social capital. Yes, there is poverty, consumer-wise we get gouged and life isn’t always perfect — but it can get better and we do have wealth; it just needs to be socially and economically diversified, developed and shared better. There is a lot of progress that could be made quickly to improve things.
Active participation in our democratic society is what changes things: this could mean simply voting differently, supporting your local faith group’s initiative to find shelter for the homeless, speaking out at a community association about poor services, protesting against corporate or government injustice, running for office and plain old neighbourhood activism will change today’s whole of the societal status quo for a brighter future tomorrow. The life and place you live in is only as good as see it today and you make it for the near future – what would this post read like in 10 years time? These either negative or positive changes will be the push-pull factors which motivate either immigration and emigration to or from Canada.
And yes the grass is always greener elsewhere. Besides here it is covered with snow for half the year; which can be beautiful too.

Marg Jalworthe on

I am Canadian, lived here for 42 years and I can tell you: nice scenery; horrible people. The taxes will keep you poor if you’re not already rich. The extreme insecurity of the Canadians make them petty and jealous of the United States. When you confront them on it, they back-peddle. The government is corrupt, and the rich run the government. Canada’s dirty little secret is: they have no identity of their own, so they whine and pick on everyone else’s. The narcissism is off the scale. It would be a nice country to live in were it not for the people and the unfair government.

MARTHA KASSAI on

We arrived here 56 years ago. Thanks for Canada to take us in. Since then we live a normal life without fear and any disturbance. We never took any government help, but even so we never went hungry, we always had a roof over our head. We worked hard but all of our children are college educated and never forget what Canada did for us. Thanks Canada you are the best.

rachele on

Rachele i agree with glen ive lived in canada and i have a hard time living here olso i live in housing and they have a lot of rules i wish i could live in a rgular apt and know the goverment is thinking of making cuts to housing but theres going to be a lot of complaning

Esther on

I moved from Southeast Asia to Canada 40 years ago. Been back home to visit many times, and even 10 years after moving to Canada, I already knew this is home for me and my family. Never regretted a single moment of living here. Travelled and visited many places within Canada and Europe, and every time I come back home, Canada is truly home sweet home. I love the four seasons and the weather is somewhat depressing in winter time, but the other three seasons definitely make up for one season of darkness, cold and rain. There is no such thing as perfect, but Canada is closest to one thing I can call almost perfect.

Liz Powell on

I came to Canada 30 years ago part of a father/mother/daughter/son family. The children were not quite 4 and 2 1/2 at the time. After their father left us when they were 6 and 5 we three struggled but it was, in the end worthwhile. My daughter has two excellent degrees and technical qualifications in her field so that she is on the provincial ‘top earners’ list. My son joined the military, as an enlisted man.He could have become an officer but preferred to be doing ‘hands-on’ work. He has attended university through the military and although his courses were the same as civilians studying for a degree he has no actual degree. He will retire in a few years time with a good pension, and can continue into a second career.
Despite my having a ”Teaching Certificate’ from England I was unable to obtain work in my field, so returned to University and obtained a degree while my children were still young. Sadly I became chronically ill and disabled before I truly completed my studies so my degree was not as good as it might have been under other circumstances. I have never had paid employment but over the 25 years since graduating I have had volunteer jobs that have been most rewarding to both the organisations and to me.
We started off living downtown in Toronto, spent 13 years there, then came north to where housing was cheaper, spent 20 years in a fairly remote mining town with a surplus of housing and very little employment left mines closed down. Then I moved even further north and west to Thunder Bay. My daughter came here to attend university, and apart from a couple of years in an extremely remote community; literally at the end of the all season road northwards, and a couple of years further south getting job experience and higher qualifications, she has been here ever since.
Each place that we have lived has had distinct climate, cultural, and environmental factors that made it unique. For instance Thunder Bay is set on Lake Superior amidst stupendous natural beauty. Plus we have a vast array of sporting and recreational activicties available to us. Many are FREE, otherwise the cost is for parking. So many are within the city and within an hours drive the scope gets even wider.
I do not regret moving to Canada, It has given my children opportunities that they would not have had back in England, and, as Canadians proudly say “We have 4 Seasons, not just rain and a tiny bit of sun.! “

David Whiteley on

That girl in the canoe could have been my son in his kayak when we paddled the Rideau Canal in the 80s. He enjoyed the treat of dancing with a loon as they circled one another in a quiet bay. We had many more wonderful trips on the Lakes and rivers of Algonquin Park and he can now look forward to taking his own daughter on similar adventures.

anqele on

“They change their skies but not their souls….

Harshita on

If I can add my 2 cents, after living in US for a while and having lived in parts of europe and Asia, I can certainly say we are so glad of our decision to move to Canada and riase our family here. I LOVE CANADA and theway we embrace cultural diversity, the way we respect humanity, the respect we have for all is genuinely admirable. I am so proud and glad that we are raising family in the right environment..

Paul Hunt on

Those of you who came to Canada to better you life or fortune and you don’t like it , no problem , LEAVE, we don’t need you here, I ‘ve loved my 64 years here ,no problem.

johnson on

dear all, of course CANADA and UK are good but think about other countries too. U PEOPLE MUST VISIT ONE OF THE god’s state in India known as KERALA. By name itself it is known as GOD’S OWN COUNTRY blessed with really natural gifts. expect ur comments from those who had visited this beautiful state……ha……ha….

Gerald Beagan on

The queen owns nothing in Canada.

Alice on

I moved to Canada to escape the hateful US Religious Right. I’ll never go back except to visit. I LOVE CANADA! Especially The Yukon.

Dan patel on

Everybody has their opinion but. I LOVE CANADA

zack on

like Mike D, I, too, moved to Canada to be with my wife. Being from California, I was not ready for the wet, expensive, boring nightmare that would become my life. I never thought I would miss roads that won’t destroy your suspension, a 6pack that costs less than $15 and rent that is higher than most every other city on the planet. Most Canadians openly disdain the U.S., but where do they go to shop? Sure – the area (Vancouver) has some beautiful mountains close by. but I can’t afford the $5 a gallon for gas (not to mention the $2000 a year for insurance) to drive anywhere…everything here is more expensive, and the people (for the most part) are arrogant hypocrites. Most people up here in America’s hat don’t even know that over 90% of Canada is actually owned by the Queen. I’m sure there will be some indignant responses to this post, but the fact of the matter is that if Canada was so great, it would be a state.

    Tania on

    That’s funny! It’s totally untrue, but funny!

    Kim WL on

    Typical…….owned by the Queen…..crack me up!
    This is why I LOVE Americans, you are wonderful warm people who provide Canadians with more than ample comedic material.

    Thank you!

Daniel on

Canada well deserves its success. It has structured itself very rigidly this way.
Gov likes entrepreneurs very much, tries to help them and that I respect a lot!

People are “nice and polite” but they are NEVER your friends. It’s so stupid, they can be “friends” for 15 years and not know the last name, never visit each other’s places, but they are “friends”. So stupid, I am just laughing at it :) What’s the point of being polite? I don’t need it. Tell me openly, don’t be passive aggressive and dull my senses with stupid fake smile. Useless.

All drive luxury cars, look rich, but are Very Poor, and scavenging for .50c specials on toothpaste. It’s a “on sale” culture. And it hurts Canada more than anything else. This squeezing is not good for anybody.

Don’t get seduced by their useless niceness and mind your own business or you are doomed here.

Archie on

Canada CAN be boring. VERY boring! For the unwary It’s largely sport or death! There is a distinct lack of culture and politically I find people very unsophisticated. Those Canadians who scream loudest in defence of the country and who insist that it’s the ONLY place worth living have never actually lived anywhere else and the extent of their traveling is an occasional week in Hawaii or a resort in Mexico. A lot depends on where you live, I imagine, and what interests you have. I’m relatively fortunate living on the West Coast with lots of interests and pastimes, and now the Internet has shrunk the world immeasurably. That’s not to say that it’s not paradise for a guy who wants to kick back with a couple of beers after work and watch TV, and life is what you make it after all.

Stan on

I live on the east coast. Nova Scotia with a view of the ocean and a very nice home , I have a good education
And a good job I love it here and wouldn’t live anywhere else ,that’s just my opinion others may differ

Terry S. on

Hi Glen Cayer

I unfortunately don’t share your view but truly respect your opinion. My work has given me the opportunity to live in seven diverse countries and it’s a fair observation to say that there will always be a better country, and a worse country. If I may borrow your term “scamming governments”, I assure you, “scamming governments” is present in EVERY country and this doesn’t always represent the entire country. I wasn’t born here however looking back with 20/20 hindsight, I found Canada to be a GREAT country in very sense of the word. You said that you are an “experienced 15 year woodsman vet” I hope you get a chance to visit the Yukon, Northwest territories and Alaska.

Let’s protect earth and respect each-others diversity!

Martin on

Canada is still a great country in my opinion. I am also from the UK, lived in New Zealand and moved here 7 years ago. I live on the West Coast which is equally as beautiful as New Zealand. I would not go back to the UK for love or money. The UK is rapidly becoming a third world country. A poor cousin of the US. I’m staying put and putting my tax dollars into the well managed coffers of the Canadian government to fund our fabulous crack smoking, expense fiddling politicians!

Neil...obviously. on

I’m from the UK, have lived in Toronto for 20 years and travel more than some and less than others. I must confess I have considered leaving Canada on occasion and some of my friends have left, but I have ended up staying for a reason I will explain.

I have read so many postings that degenerate like this many times. The same arguments become insults back and forth.

Here is my view for all its worth.

You can’t make general comparisons because…

Every person is inherently different with their own needs and preferences.

Every country is different with its own unique pros and cons.

When you choose to live in a particular country or city, you usually know the pros and cons and that’s the deal you have to accept if you stay.

Pointing out and getting angry about the obvious downsides doesn’t change anything but if there are too many downsides for you and not enough upsides, it should tell you that its time you re-evaluate your own choices without being critical of others around you.

You can’t change the inherent fundamental nature of a country and its people, you just have to consider the good and bad and make your choice.

There, said my bit….and did it without insulting anybody’s choices or any nation’s characteristics. LOL!

By the way…..there were a lot of reasons to leave Canada, that still exist…..but the reason for me staying, wasn’t the stability, prosperity, price of products the fairness of the place compared to other parts of the world, the cautious friendliness I have found to be the norm etc etc…….it was, and I’m not joking ….the women are so beautiful! and so open to possibilities. No economist can put a price on that. I ended up marrying the stunning bartender with a wicked personality and a gentle heart, five years ago.

When it gets cold or we get a bit bored, we jump on an airplane until we get homesick and come back.

ok…you can now start insulting each other again…..

Neil

    maria tiley on

    Brilliant commentary and enjoy your escapades au sud!

    Max on

    Neil……….liked your balanced views about living or leaving Canada……….could u please guide me on what is the best job/business to do in Canada so that I can escape 2 months of harsh winter …Jan/Feb from Canada……rest everything is ok with me and as well said….there is no perfect place anywhere on the earth anyway.

Miguel on

I Love Canada. I’m a PR in Ontario, Toronto, and i came here with my family to live. I don’t even consider returning to my island, even when it looks like a paradise.
1. Canada is truly beautiful (and so does my beautiful Canadian wife and sons)
2. Yes, it’s a country almost without history, being a bit dull culturally comparing with other countries, but hey: I’m part of the people building this still raw country. It’s wonderful to build this country, one day at a time!
3. Education for my kids was a bit disappointing. They are in disadvantage comparing to Europe. In Canada is less demanding on a educational level. European students usually end their studies 2 years earlier. But Education its getting better every year.
4. It’s a multicultural country, with a lot of people with a extremely low level of formal education. This is changing with younger generations.
5. People in Canada are tough. Hard working. Some ethnic groups work in a incredible way, inspiring me as a human being. Well, this is all a cultural thing… Not everybody wants to mix culturally in Canada.
6. Cow and pork is the best in the world, and lake fish sucks and taste like mud (lot of lemon works…). Diversity of food but pretty expensive.
7. TTC in Toronto works well sometimes. Fairly simple to use. But very sensitive to unpredicted events. Very small subway. 99% of the times it stops it’s because of suicides. Transportation is expensive.
8. Canada is a country not benevolent with unemployed people. Usually one of the first things Canadians ask is: “how’s work?”.
9. Laws are under developed. . But i noticed a desire to improve and to get better in time.
10. Canada is the perfect country for me (i also like the cold weather). But it’s not for everybody. It’s very easy for some people and very hard or almost impossible for others. To have a good future here a guy needs to work really hard.
Hopefully i will become Canadian on the next 2 years. And very proudly so. I’m helping building this country. I’m feeling It mine every day that goes by…

    Dawn on

    Just please don’t jump on TTC tracks, committing suicide and interrupting this very small subway.
    I love your comment!

Bobby Hans on

I don’t think so anyone have right to tell others, they should go back to their country or move somewhere else. Nature give a right to everyone live on this planet and everyone have a right to criticize system or society he/she lives in. If 50 % my income’s going in taxes and insurances. Than I have right to ask about it where its going !! and service I’m getting is that good enough.

Bobby Hans on

Hello Guys, I read some of comments and discussion between few people lead to insult each other, I feel so pity. Personally, I like healthy discussions. Besides fighting and try to prove ourselves right on every point. I hate lines we draw around us on name of religions and countries.
Well, now get back on point ” Love Living In Canada”. Geographically it’s beautiful land, Its like hill station ….most of people love go there for vacation. Other side of picture if we trying to look and understand ” Hows living of people, whoever living on that land ” Their Financial and Social life etc.
I’m living in Canada from last 12 yrs ( Greater Vancouver, BC ). What I saw in last few years, In 2001 minimum wage was $8.00 an hour. Prices of daily needs was average 5 to 6 times less then now. Average house price was $200K to $250K. Now average price of house in Vancouver above million dollar. After 12 yrs minimum wage rate is $10 an hr. Insurances, taxes touching sky. More than 70% Canadians working on minimum wage. So difficult to find minimum wage job these days, nothing works without reference. I believe, retirement system is back bone of any country. if its messed up, that means future ‘s dark of coming generations…and its already big time f****d up, Govt. change the law of retirement and “retirement not mandatory in Canada now” and people not taking retirement. You guys can guess about future of coming generations.
Lumber mills, Foundries, Mines, Fishery, Clothing etc all manufacturing industries dead because of industry cannot afford cost of product to manufacture in Canada, as compare Asian industry.
Maybe my comment will hurt feeling of some people. CN railway, Canada Post, City Hall, Transit, Docks etc. Is there any chance to get job in, without any link ( Family ) ….. not really !!!! there all jobs belongs to few families and circles. Its dark truth.

Rome Singh on

You are where you are at this moment because of decisions you made. Take some responsibility for those decisions and make the best of your situation. This is an excellent country and as the article portrays – it is an all-round estimation. Sure there are going to be some thing good about every country – but overall Canada is the best. No debate about it – just accept it.

Carol on

I am a retiree who has travelled to the seven continents. I am British by birth and have been a Canadian Citizen for many years. I find it strange that people compare the two countries of Canada and the Great Britain. They are two completely different countries and should not be compared. However we have chosen to live in Canada and we do appreciate the country and all it has to offer. However both countries have beautiful scenery and no, it does not always rain in England!

Belita Rodriguez on

Any body has the right to VOICE there experiences in any COUNTRY ….they have lived…..That is his opinion and his side of his story…..SO let it be .Do mot take it personal…..fellowwwwwwwwwwww CANADIANS……To me it is ONE of the BEST country in the WORLD…..NO one can change…..that for me .In some ways……he is a guess or visitor in his mind …..so we must ALL be a good host.The true CANADIAN Spirit…..Righttttttttttttt……Enjoy a wonderful Canadian fall season…..I truly enjoy the immensity of the colorful leaves…..so pretty.Thank you every ONE…..From ,Belita

Alexandra on

I love Canada and yet I will recognize that it has many flaws. For example, youth unemployment is at an all time high, higher education is ridiculously expensive, and free enterprise is stifled by the oligopolies that control all of Canada’s industries. On the other hand, I am so very grateful for universal health care (which has saved my life a number of times), I am thankful that the air we breathe is still relatively clean, I am relieved that this country is still safe and secure, and finally, I am thankful for our Human Rights codes and Constitutional protections. LIfe in Canada certainly was better 20 years ago, but today most countries are feeling the crunch of economic decline, coupled with the astronomical and growing costs of disaster relief to deal with the devasting effects of accelerated climate change.

Alexandre on

Hello, I will tell you about my own experience in Canada, I am a well educated oil geologist and have a degree in Business administration I have been in Canada since Oct 1994 and all I could land as a job is to clean toilets in a Convention Center and a cust service call center agent. I have to work 7 days a week to be able to afford all the commodities for my family .My wife is an educator and she had to repeat his degree at a local university to be able to work .Stll I do not mind living in Canada and I enjoy family life when I can… I have lots of friends and enjoy martial arts with all my family. What i say is that Canada employers should give more chances to immigrants to work in their fields od specialozation Imagine here in Quebec I went to the Geologists professional order to register and …because I do not have Canadian experience they want me to work as a trainee geologist for 2 years to be able to work as a geologist all my almost 20 years experience out side Canada does not count for them….And Where I work i keep applying for better positions and I never get them .I speak and write better french that my bosses but nobody cares .Anyway at 64 I am in good health and do not mind living here just I want the employers and orders to be more comprehensive of immigarnts qualifications

Bharat on

Stable job in canada? It depends on the profession. When compared to the US, opportunities are hardly there in Canada. Job insecurity is high in Canada even for the professionals and getting another job is very tough unlike the US.

Canada is over regulated and over cautious in every department – From getting Canadian passport to Canadian driver’s licence – there are impractical regulations (I don’t know who is instigating these blind regulations)
For instance, In New York, you have very logical and practical rules for getting a driver’s license

In NewYork – If you are under 18, after getting your learners license, you have to wait for 6 months, get training and take the road test (Just 1 road test unlike in Ontario where there is Road test I, II, III, IV)

In Canada – EVERYBODY FROM 16 to 99 yrs old have to wait if they are taking a new license and of course there is Road test I, II, III, IV. LOL

Of course there is auto-insurance scam, going on in Canada. In the US auto-insurance rates are also very low. In some states like North Carolina, you have to just pay 500$/year whereas in Canada, especially in Ontario you have to pay 500$ per month. Why should a new drivers should share burden since auto-insurance companies are taking loss due to fraudulent insurance claims??

Recognition and licensing of foreign qualifications – It is a a night mare in Canada where you have to take Test I, TEST II, TEST III unlike the US ( eg Getting a Pharmacist licence or any other medical profession)

Over priced homes – This is a scam. The government/builders created this artificial supply/demand situation and despite decades of poor economic growth rate, house prices are going up and according to OECD detached homes and apartments are overvalued by almost 70%

Weather – oh yeah, I don’t have to say anything about this. People are going through hell and end up with Alzheimers, Parkinson’s disease. Rheumatoid arthritis. ( all indirect and direct consequences of Cold weather)

Did I leave anything about Canada?

oh yeah, over priced consumer goods and lack of variety. I had to order a good table lamp for a good price in the US. What a shame ??

No wonder Canada dipped below emerging and powerful economies like India and China in GDP nominal and Purchasing power parity Top 10 TABLE.

Canadians are over dependent on the US and any dollar crash in the US which is artificially hyped due to oil for dollar agreement and because of that countries around the world hoard dollars. It is the only reason why US, despite poor growth rate for a decade now, is able to print dollars out of thin air and spend and accumulate debt.

But as China, India, growing super fast, there is an impending danger of dollar being replaces as the reserve currency. If US dollar crashes, Canadian dollar is going go down as well.

Howard George on

To the people who find Canada boring, I pity you. I golf, I swim, I snowmobile, I hunt and fish, take in plays at our local Art Centre, see some good movies, volunteer at an adult literacy group and yes I watch hockey. But I also coached kids hockey when I was younger. If your idea of culture is a pint at your local pub, we have that too. Canada is not perfect but I love it…..if you don’t, try to do something to improve it, I mean something beside complaining. Always remember no one asked you to come here and I’m sure few will miss you if you leave. If Canada is not to your taste, that’s fine. There are thousands of people worldwide willing to come here for a better life for their families and also ones willing to make a contribution to our society. Bye Mike and good luck.

    Jane on

    Howard: You read my mind

Anne on

I guess you’ve been drinking Canadian Kool-Aid a lot, Jane. Did they teach you in Canada to tell people what they can do and what they can’t? Focus on yourself and your own life, do not tell people where to live and what to do.
Otherwise a grizzly can come and eat you.
And yes, you can always leave the US, nobody was holding you there. Real Americans would never leave their own country.

    Kam on

    You are really rude to insult so many people Anne. Your comments are not nice at all.

      Anne on

      Welcome to Canada, Kam! Rudeness is the first thing I learnt here…

    Kam on

    If you don’t like this country, why don’t you move somewhere else? No need to be rude.

      Anne on

      Kam, I don’t know where you live and where you come from, but have you ever tried to move even from one town to another? I’m not even talking countries. So easy to say, and so much stress to do. I understand, everyone wants to be motivational and say something, but most of the people don’t ever leave the area where they were born.

Big danny on

I want to know how to migrate to Canada.

Alex Duval on

LOL LOL LOL It really is a ‘love it or leave it’ country. Seriously though, if you hate it that much, move. Don’t waste your time posting, go online and find a new house in a different country, apply for citizenship elsewhere and just go. Canada has its issues, like any country, but I feel SAFE living here. I have been to other countries (for months at a time) and never felt as safe… That’s the price we pay. I have worked ‘crap’ jobs my whole life, and live comfortably with my beautiful wife… no complaints other than wanting more (greed is universal). Glad I don’t live in India (starvation and overcrowding)… China (pollution and Communism)… Russia (Putin)… Australia (poison everywhere!) etc etc etc…
I can’t say I LIKE paying a third of what I make in taxes (followed up by another 13% whenever I BUY something) but I do love my country.

So if you don’t like it… shut up, don’t waste time posting, go pack your stuff and get out. There are PLENTY of people who want in. Those are the people I welcome, and integrate into my social circle.

    Anne on

    Hey Alex, why would you waste your time and post here yourself? People post here to warn others, who know nothing about Canada and might decide that its such a beauty to move… They try to warn others about being disappointed.

    Canadian people are nasty. There is a discrimination of others by ethnicity, and people are forced to live by ethnic communities. Even at work; Chinese go with Chinese, French don’t make friends with English. And in general people are very low culture, well, it can be explained – there is no history in Canada, no cultural achievements. Everyone, who has some special talents, usually leaves for the US, where life is better. And people are nicer there too. Canada is safe? Hm-m, every day they shoot in Scarborough, ON, I don’t think it’s so safe. Drugs are used everywhere.

      Curt Green on

      sorry you feel that way. Signed, CUrt IN Canada,,, PS,, you’re so wrong.

      Johnn on

      To Anne, the French in Canada has no culture, you must be joking. The two provinces with the most culture in Canada are Quebec and Newfoundland. Own language and music, etc.

      Anne on

      In my workplace they laugh at newfies, taunt them because of their accent.

      Anne on

      Johnn, just wanted to clarify – I, myself, have no issue with people from NL; what I was trying to say is that local Canadians are quite disrespectful, and in my workplace they would just laugh at newfies and their accent, those “proud Canadians”, who grew up in Canada…

anastasia on

im living in canada now.. as a foreigner, I can definitely tell its more conservative than in the USA. Probably toronto is the most progressive in canada and maybe vancouver and vancouver island. One thing I’ve noticed is that canadians that say their healthcare is free or whatnot, haven’t used the healthcare much so they dont really know the real facts about it. Also, because they dont have health issues, they’re not picky about their doctor. The canadians that have medical conditions are not satisfied with the healthcare system. But it also depends on the area of canada as well of course. But I tried to get an appointment with a good doctor in edmonton and i was told i have to wait a year. I’m thinking seriously?! too long of waiting lines. And canada is a more passive aggressive culture so they dont want to give a bad image of Canada to other countries. Americans are more than willing to say dude, our systems need to get their act together. hahahaha.. kinda funny… im sure there are canadians that will say this probably in private. But americans are much more likely to be open about fighting for improvements with USA’s quality of life, etc.

    Jane on

    Anastasia: Maybe you should get out of Edmonton? You are seriously living in a backwards blue collar city. If you want better health care then move! Canada is more passive aggressive than the USA because of our history and British influence. The British are also very passive aggressive, and that has NOTHING to do with image. The British are known to be whiners and complainers all over the world, and really could care less who hates England! (I admire them for their patriotism) Americans are just asses (I am an American so no bias here)and don’t care who knows it. Why don’t you just move to the USA? oh wait, American’s probably won’t like you either!

      Jane on

      Ann: Every country has history. If you were educated you would know that. Considering all the western doctors are moving to Canada from Europe and South Africa, yes Canada must be such an awful place!! We need to have a totally dysfunctional government like the USA that shuts down and is in danger of running out of money, and can’t even pay it’s civil service. A country where you pay an average of $800 a month out of pocket for healthcare , not including co-pay. A country where people sleep with gun’s under their pillows at night . Every doctors dream!!

      Anne on

      Hey Jane… He-he, “Western doctors from South Africa”? I thought that South Africa was in the South… :)
      US government shut down now for the first time after so many years, and it is a responsible step to not overspend. In Canada the government takes over 30% of income in taxes, and where those money are spent?
      Why are you so upset about $800/month (as you say) spent on health insurance in the US, while in Canada we indeed pay health tax (at least in Ontario, as I know about it) and then those 30% of income tax is also taken from your pocket, but you don’t consider it a payment for health care? How come? I also doubt that $800 is a valid number; health insurance payments are considerably less.
      And what’s wrong with sleeping with a gun under the pillow? First of all, not everyone in the US has a gun, and second, at least people have a feeling that they are safe and can protect them themselves, if necessary.

    DP on

    Ana, health insurance is considerably more in the US for Family insurance plans with group coverage (provided by a major pharmaceutical company). Over 900/month, and you still pay to walk into a primary care office. Copays are often the entire cost of antibiotics, and the insurance companies decide whether you need treatment, not the doctors. The Doctors are only afraid of getting sued. Husband is a specialist, drank the kool-aid, moved to the USA, and moving back because we were wrong. Both being a medical specialist and receiving care are both better in Ontario. I’m more shocked than anyone.

Leslie Klee on

Glen and Mike Take your unhappy self and family back to the U,K. an crawl under a rock or under Windsor Castle . I have never have heard of such an unhappy Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street. Or Pack a gun in Afghanistan..You are nothing but a trouble maker…. .Please leave Canada!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jane on

Wow! What a bunch of whiners! I am living in Canada originally from the USA. The quality of life is so much better here and I have a big house and make over $200k in Alberta where the economy is good. I have access to health care I could not afford out of pocket in the USA and the scenery and people are great. Less crime and racism too. I moved to the UK several years ago and moved back. Let me tell you the UK is the last place on earth you want to move. Depressing, old out dated infrastructure, backwards attitudes, horrible weather, high taxes, many houses still have Victorian water closets! How primitive! They still they use plaster on walls and they can’t even make a straight wall. Garbage everywhere, binge drinking gone wild , people urinate in the streets and in phone boxes cause they are too drunk to find a toilet. The UK is still in the dark ages, send all the ungrateful whiners back there.

    JohnC on

    Moved here from the U.S. 20 months ago, and have travelled extensively internationally. My views are:
    1. Canada is overall a tolerant, humane, and peace-loving society, from which the U.S. can learn a lot (born of consensus vs. conflict).
    2. Universal health care is a fantastic idea but the management of it could be much improved (at least in Ontario where I live).
    3. Canada’s greatest assets are your abundant natural resources, esp. minerals, water and land. PLEASE consider carefully how you exploit them, i.e. avoid the temptation for quick riches and possible environmental destruction, especially when wealth it flows to a few (GDP does not always equal quality of life).
    4. I applaud and admire Canada’s commitments (varies by province I realize) to human rights, support of labour, living wages, BUT also realize that change (and protectionism) comes with a price, e.g. generally higher taxes, higher prices, next-door competition.
    I live, work, pay taxes here, and even though I’ll probably return to the U.S. one day, I buy Canadian and support the idea of maintaining your own industries (like telecommunications).
    As far as the climate and people, incredibly large, diverse and interesting country……sure, there are a lot of days I wish it was warmer, but hey, at the rate we’re all going (climate change), Toronto might end up as the future Miami….:-)
    Rock on Canada – be unique, special, and learn from others even as you are also teaching us all to dream and be better.

      Deryk Houston on

      I agree with John C.
      It is unfair to judge Canada unless you have explored and lived in several parts of the country..
      I have been following these discussions for some time now and it does seem that the comments in these posts reflect more about the individuals internal state of happiness. There is just too much anger expressed in the comments. If Canada doesn’t appeal to you then fine, but to the spew out hatred and anger seems unnecessary. It has to point to a deeper problem.
      I love Canada. I have travelled around the world and believe me….clean water is a blessing. I don;t live my life for malls. I am actually too busy doing my own art to find the time to watch other forms of art that much but it is there when I want it which is a blessing. Nothing is ever that far away. One mall is the same whether it is in Thailand or London, or Paris. Our world has become much the same as far as those kinds of things are concerned. My point is that happiness comes from within and your friends reflect who you are. If your friends are boring…..well…..you get my point:)
      Cheers up. Be happy!!!! Clean water is all you really need.

      .

      Yoshika on

      I’m from Japan, and I really agree with Deryk H about clean water. I really amazed that I can drink water from a tap. Nature resource should be really considered for living!

      Deryk Houston on

      Yes Yoshika…. clean water should be considered one of the measures for standard of living.
      I have been lucky to experience true wilderness in the Canadian wilds and it is so nice to simply stand on the rocks of a rivers edge and drink the pure clean water.
      I’ve watched as a grizzly bear stood on it”s hind legs and faked a charge at me and my friends. That kind of experience will give you a thrill much more than buying a new pair of shoes at the local mall:)
      Everyone has their own ideas of fun though.
      By the way…… our family had a japanese young man stay with us for a while he went to high school. He was a hard working fellow and super nice. He had a very regular routine of eating his porridge every morning with his tea and studying very hard. We were sad to see him go, but keep in touch with him as he grows into a young man.

      Yoshika on

      Hi Deryk, I’ve never encountered a grizzly bear in my life yet… I’m sure I will someday, if I walk somewhere in a Canadian forest. I am glad to hear that you had some experience with Japanese people already! My partner who is a Canadian, he eats porridge when he is off. I didn’t know it is called porridge. Now I know ,thank you!!(^-^)Anyway, I love Canada♪

      Gail on

      Clear, balanced and refreshing, John. Would you consider becoming a citizen and vying for a job as Prime Minister? For sure no one could do any worse than Stephen Harper.

Proud Canadian on

I think you all need to move to Newfoundland.

Dan on

It’s amazing. People here in Canada are so proud to be Canadian (what is it, all those “heartwarming” Tim Hortons and Molson commercials?) that they’re completely blind to criticism. We get screwed over with insanely high taxes, insanely high prices, ridiculous and backward bureaucracy, and crumbling infrastructure… and if somebody dares to point that out, most Canadians just cover their ears and go, “NOT LISTENING! Don’t like it, get lost.” Wow… great attitude. Keep getting screwed with a smile, I guess… I’d rather open my eyes, COMPLAIN, and try to fix things. Mike has probably realized that most people here are beyond help… and I’m starting to agree.

    aac2446 on

    Yes, I agree. Canadians get all over-sensitive and rude and tell you to go home when you say you don’t like it here. 41% of new arrivals in Canada take their leave within the first year of touching down. I wish I had done that. I find Canadians unfriendly, uncaring, bland, smug, wasteful, shallow, arrogant, very parochial, spineless, whining, apathetic, uncultured, and largely ignorant about their own country or anywhere else come to that. Oh, yes. And brainwashed.

    As for “proud Canadians”. Good grief! It sounds like a commercial or hockey match slogan. How embarrassing. No one outside north America makes so much silly fuss about themselves – or is so much laughed at by the rest of the world.

    I should have done this 30 years ago, but I am finally leaving and going back home to where my heart is. A few things have been good – like my stay in Newfoundland (best place and best people in Canada!) and ease of access to Latin America – but I cannot think of a single thing I will miss.

      gabby on

      you seem to have a lot of problems. it seems like you have not accomplished much living in canada. as an immigrant in this country, i have worked hard and live a very good life, take vacations twice per year. no mortgage on my house, and so much friends. buddy this country is a paradise, if you apply yourself, be positive and know how to carry yourself, the sky is the limit.

      Government in most develop countries tax their citizens heavily. However, Canada offers its people good infrastructure and good services. I have many friends living in other parts of the world and they wish they can live the life i live. From my travels to so many countries, Canada is truly a PARADISE.

      Also, about Canadians quick to say leave if you do not like the country, nothing is wrong with that because you will get the same remark if you live in England Germany or any other place. Take my advice, as a young country, this place has a lot to offer with right frame of mind.

Chris on

We came to Canada in 1969, became citizens in 1975. I grew up in LA county California. We went back briefly 20 years ago. We love Canada and being Canadian. I will tell you one little story about some of the reasons we love Canada. My Thyroid was removed in 2 surgeries in 2 different countries. Here in Canada I was in hospital 2 days, after I was released from hospital they sent a nurse around every day to check on my recovery. They offered me a housekeeper too, but I turned that down. The cost to me ….back then a private room cost 12 bucks a day so I paid 24 dollars. The other half was removed in the US, We had insurance that paid 80%, I was in hospital less than 24 hours, an appointment was made for me to see the dr in 6 weeks. After I got home the bills came rolling in , this dr and that dr were charging me huge amounts of money. So I called each one and asked “what did Dr Soandso do for me?” I was told they all consulted, I guess that meant they wandered through the operating room and looked at me and left. Over and above the 80% the insurance paid we were left with a $12,000.00 bill. That is one reason we love Canada.

A few years ago I had a bleeding ulcer I was unaware of until I couldn’t stand up and had malena in my stools. I spent 7 days in ICU, was given 7 units of blood, 4 of which were before the surgery . Another 3 days in a regular ward before I was allowed to go home. In the US I would have said “lets wait one more day before I see the dr” Because of the costs. I truly believe I didn’t have one more day! One of the reasons I believe that was because one nurse begged me to let her call my husband, but it was night and I knew he wouldn’t hear the phone, and I didn’t want him frightened and driving to town 35 minutes away. The next day another nurse came down to the ICU and told me “I prayed real hard for you”. Fortunately I went to the ER as soon as I passed out from the lack of blood. I wonder what that would have cost us in the US, I know it would have totally wiped out our savings and probably have made us homeless and wishing I had died!

Winters? I could live without, although here in Small Town BC our winters have become milder and milder now for several years. It stays just cold enough to keep the snow on the ground. We do need to develop some interests in winter, we say that every year but so far we haven’t. So we live with winters and don’t complain. We are retired comfortably, no we aren’t rich, but we are so happy to be Canadians!

GS on

Canada is a great country, wonderful people, kind, gentle, caring and respecting. We are sometimes pereived to be soft, but I reckon in a world, with the degree of challenges & issues we all have to endure, sometimes it is best to be soft and caring rather than hard and unkind.

Deryk Houston on

We moved to Canada from Scotland back in 1966 when I was a young boy.
My mom died shortly after we arrived.
People ask me today what I learned from my mom. I tell them that she brought us to Canada which allowed us to have a wonderful life.
It must have been very hard for our mom and dad to leave family and friends in Scotland but they did it for my brothers and sister and me.
I am so grateful to them because I have been able to pursue my dream of being an artist . Canada is an amazing place where anyone can make their dreams come true.
Tons of opportunities for young people if they are willing to explore and work hard.
Thank you Mom (Mary) and Dad(Jack) and thank you Canada.
Deryk Houston

    Scott B on

    I went to your website. LOVE ‘Crows in the Wind’ and if I could afford it, I’d buy it! Nice work!

      Deryk Houston on

      Scott B…..Thanks for the kind comments on my artwork !
      As a side note …..It is interesting to read the comments of peoples impression of Canada. Some people seem really angry, which is surprising. I would guess that they might carry that with them wherever they go.
      Nice to see many people with good positive feelings out there too.
      Thanks again
      Deryk

Teri on

I was born on England came to Canada as a child there are parts of both countries I love. I can say one thing about England life has changed there since I last visited the country. They don’t have the same type of live we do.here in Canada. I like the country side over there and the coast of England as well just there are to many people .in the cities for me. Canada is a lovely place to live I guess MIke never saw it . I know of many people who just wanted to go home as they say. I would still like to visit once and a while but never want to live there again.

Sarah on

The homicide rate needs to be fixed. 1.6% would mean that 1.6 Canadians out of every 100 are murdered every year. It’s actually 1.6 homicides per 100,000 people – as per the original OECD report.

    Gail on

    Yes, so strange that no one else has commented on the abysmal lack of clarity in the report. Talk about muddy statistics! But then 3 out of 4 people make up 75 per cent of the population . . .

Anne on

I moved to Canada about 10 years ago, and it was just a convenience choice. The country and people are dull and plain. There is no culture, no history. People live on some basic instincts like hockey, beer and cross-border shopping. Things in Canada are 25% more expensive than in the US, and less variety for sure. People are forced to live together in their ethnical communities, there is no integration whatsoever. Even at my workplace people befriend others by ethnicity. The climate is awful, snow is everywhere, and Winters last forever. I really don’t know what good I could say about Canada. Stable job, income, material things obviously matter a lot, but you can’t just live in your house and drive in your car and not be able to live a full life. Local people are not only plain, they are fake and deceitful.

    Tania on

    Anne, I really wonder about you….where did you move to Canada from? What brought you here? Did you feel the same way about your previous home? Is it possible that it is you that is uncultured and ignorant? If you have been sharing your thoughts and attitudes with the people around you – i.e. you hate it so much and you think we are all ignorant and uncultured – then I’m not really surprised that you have not been welcomed by all. It is hard to make friends when it sounds like you are spoiling for a fight. Canada is full of all kinds of people, just like any other country, you are going to find nice ones, smart ones, industrious ones, people who are kind and helpful and people who couldn’t care less about you, but you will find it very difficult to be accepted by people if you are bashing their homeland and their intelligence at the same time. Yes the government is not perfect, but name a country whose government is unimpeachable. Yes, it’s cold here in the winter and it takes a long time to travel from big city to big city – it is a very large country in the northern hemisphere, that’s what you get. People generally come here for the opportunities that a country like Canada can provide – things that were not available or accessible in the country they are coming from. If that is not true for you, and you think that things will be better if you are living somewhere else, then why stay and spend your time online insulting the people who do like it here? I hope one day you will find the ideal environment to live and work, I am sorry that you didn’t find it here, but I don’t really want to listen to you whine about it.

    Suz (Brit expat) on

    must admit Anne, you are making some sweeping generalization comments. Deceitful unfriendly people don’t just exist in Canada as you know.. they also exist in the UK and everywhere else in the world, so it’s a bit silly to say Canadians as a whole, I’ve met some very friendly, polite, well mannered ones too. All Canadians are immigrants, none started off in Canada, only the children of the parent but not their origins. Canadians were the first to point that one out to me, and it’s in the Canadian citizen study guide too ‘discover Canada’ http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/publications/discover/ Not all Canadians know their history either, some will be the first to say that.

      Dawn on

      Suz, being polite and well-mannered does not mean to be “friendly”. Canadian people are very fake, its just a way of communication – they are very phony, that’s all. And by the way, this is a forum about Canada, not the UK. I’m sure that people would find a lot of negative things about other countries, but here we talk about Canada.
      I’ve met polite Canadians, but they are not as genuine as Americans; if they are educated they lack culture and good education, but think very highly about themselves. Local Canadians are real negative part of living in the country. There is a lot of discrimination and harassment based on race and ethnicity.

KDS on

Canada is a beautiful country but life is not easy. I came to Canada some ten years back with good qualification and experience. I have two Ph.D. degrees one in economics and the other in Management, qualified accountant, and having taught in Universities for over 26 years, a trainer of trainers for the Commonwealth Secretariat and the World Trade Organization and … moved around in the world and interacted and lived with various ethnic groups (truly multi-cultural) but have not been able to get a job in Canada till date. I am passionate about lecturing and teach at some private career college for a pathetic remuneration that too not regular. This is the type f love Canadian have for others. Certainly there is a conspiracy to keep even the deserving people away from the jobs to safeguard their petty personal interests. Canada would have dome much better economically and have lessened the per capita-debt if the qualified immigrants could have been employed in their areas of expertise. People do smile when they see you but it is a cosmetic smile they seem to say wow when you spell out your qualification but it seems the wow actually means how? Government policies are good but individuals are creating a barricade to serve their petty interests.

    Anne on

    KDS, why would you even come to Canada with all your qualifications?! You would be so much better in the US. Canada accepts immigrants to mostly do manual labor, the same as the US allows Mexicans come and work without visas. Many skilled professionals come to Canada, but leave very soon after when they realize that there are no jobs for them in their professional field. There are more choices in the US.

      Jane on

      Anne: I doubt the USA would take someone like you anyways. Why are you here if the USA is so great?

      Anne on

      Jane, people can’t be more ignorant than a Canadian, that’s for sure.
      And when did I say that I wanted to be in the US? I was advising KDS with all his skills and degrees that he would be much better off in the US.

      mjh49783 on

      The problem with the USA is that you have to contend with the police state there, as well as a dysfunctional government. I wouldn’t recommend anyone to go there unless they’re seeking a quick fortune before they take off somewhere else for freer pastures. Also, once you get that green card, whammo! You become the tax chattel of the IRS’s citizenship based taxation scheme.

      Twenty years ago, I would’ve said, “Sure. Come to the US. We’ve got better opportunities….” but twenty years ago, the USA was a much different country. Now, it’s a real mess. The country is broke. The politics there are especially toxic. There’s no work. True unemployment there is actually closer to 30%. Substantially more people there are on food stamps than the entire population of Canada. (47+ million)

      Then there is the racism, the pettiness, the backstabbing, especially for money. Everything is about money there, yet I found it was extremely difficult to find anyone that was truly happy, and not faking a smile. The general culture there is so shallow, and so cheaply nationalistic that I just couldn’t identify with it anymore.

      Some people may not like my opinion here, but I’ve lived there for 38 years, and then left the States of my own volition. I think my opinion here is just as valid as anyone else’s. Besides that, I chose to work, rather than be another statistic, stuck in a society gripped with never ending fear.

      That’s why I’m happy in Canada.

Heather on

I am Canadian, I am also an immigrant from the UK. both are amazing and unique countries in their people, scenery and culture. Yes, Canada has problems, as does the UK. Neither of these is perfect. I am thankful to have been able to see both and am proud of the british heritage that is celebrated here in Canada. When I visit the UK, unemployment is a common theme. There seems to be more people not working than working and it is a puzzle to me how even those who work can keep up the cost of living there when basic needs cost more than here in Canada. Taxes are ridiculous in both countries, bureaucracy just as prevalent also. But in both countries people are proud and work hard, if they’re lucky they also appreciate the place they live for what it is. I’d happily live in either though there is a vibrancy in the UK that I do not feel in Canada. However, instead of being negative, we should be thankful that by accident of birth we live where we are free to choose, free of fear, and free to make a difference.

Michael Wilson on

It is NOT a perfect country. There are many great things about Canada, and I am justifiably proud of that. But there ARE problems, and some of the posters here have hit the nail on the head. Not as far as the boring or uncivilized comments, IMHO, but that is a matter of personal taste, and to each his own. But we certainly do pay through the nose for consumer goods, and we have a particularly unresponsive government, have had for a long time without regard to party affiliation. It always seems that when I discuss these issues with groups of other Canadians, there are those who stand up and tell me that it is a great country and try living somewhere else if I don’t think so. That is no way to improve things. I love my country but the whole “my country right or wrong” attitude is something we generally criticize in others, it seems disingenuous, downright jejeune, to then do it ourselves. And there is plenty of room for improvement. So try to open your ears and notice the defects we could improve, this gratuitously innocent view of Canada is counter-productive. Some of these posters are merely pointing out the obvious, instead of getting your nose out of joint and being defensive, consider our role as citizens in working to improve things, this can’t be done from a defensive position. Sounds like envy and defensiveness to me.

    Gail on

    I love the word ‘jejune’ and I hardly ever get to use it. I also agree heartily with your comments. Being critical of a country’s institutions is the only way to fix what is wrong. Protest is what keeps democracy functioning and helps to dispel jingoism.

Adam on

mamajuice43 on

I am Canadian. A proud Canadian. Oh sure we have our problems and issues like every country has (although some countries are over the top in these areas!). I was born and raised in Toronto, lived in the heart of the Rockies and now reside in rural Nova Scotia. I have travelled this country by car and by train never by plane. I have seen the diversities of land… the small fishing villiages of the east coast, the majestic mountains of Alberta and BC, the beautiful prairies and the busy streets of the big cities. It’s all beautiful. And the people are as diverse as the land is. We have all nationalities living here. Some provinces are known to be more friendly then others, but give me a country where that doesn’t happen. I can walk through my town without fear of getting bombed or assaulted because I am white, Christian, fat, woman…. whatever it may be. As for government issues…. NO government is perfect. NO politician is completely honest. And yes we pay high taxes…. and we pay them to support those less fortunate or the immigrants who wish to start a new life and for our free health care. Nothing is perfect in Canada or anywhere else in this world. Everyone is different and we all have our own opinions. But I would not live in any other country as I am content here. I am sorry there are those who feel Canada is not what they expected and want to leave. I say… then leave. If you’re country is soooo much better, then why move here in the first place? Let us who are happy live our lives without listening to your complaints. We are not forcing you to stay! Go be where you are happy! I’m not saying it to bash anyone, I’m just saying we all have our opinions and know what makes us happy so do what you need for YOU and YOUR family and go back.

Richard Ilagan on

Nothing beats the dry cold -30C winter of Winnipeg…..hahahhahha. and i love it.

Jack on

Since when were we in Canada proud to be 14th on pollution and 12th on water quality?? That’s pretty awful, actually, especially given we have huge land area to help dissipate local air pollution. In terms of per capita carbon pollution we are one of the worst countries in the world. Harper has been taking this country down the drain when it comes to the environment. We are the one and only country in world history to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol like weak cowards because we’d rather destroy the planet’s atmosphere than do anything to help the rest of the people on earth. I’ve never been so ashamed to be Canadian as I have the last few years….

    Gail on

    From Gail

    You have said exactly what I feel, Jack! Our First Nations people are the environmental conscience of Canada. We have lost all moral authority on environmental protection. Such a profound shame to squander it.

PapaSmurf on

Come to Canada! It’s okay to be racist here, as long as it’s against French-Canadians.
And Jews. Sometimes.

Puck U (@PuckPursuer) on

I have lived mainly in British Columbia and briefly in Calgary, Alberta. I have traveled to many parts of this vast land and love it! One of the funnest times I’ve had anywhere was on George Street in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Newfoundland has the friendliest people I’ve ever met. Old Quebec in Quebec City has the greatest history in North America and a wealth of culture. Larger central metropolitan cities like Montreal and Toronto are very cosmopolitan and have an abundance of entertainment and culture options. The Prairies are our heartland and bread basket. Stunning beautiful scenery in the Rocky Mountains with places like Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper. Thriving and vibrant western cities like Calgary and Vancouver where you can take nature’s stairmaster, The Grouse Grind. BC has diverse weather with Canada’s only desert (Osoyoos) and the majestic mountains of BC meeting the Pacific Ocean (Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island) that are second to nowhere for scenery. Unfortunately, I have not had the pleasure of visiting the Territories.

Canada is generally stable economically, politically and relatively tolerant citizens. It has its issues, but they pale in comparison to most other countries problems.

Long live Canada!!!

Rob D on

As I grow older and more mature, I have become more grateful for the people around me, and my circumstance.
I am truly blessed, to have grown up in Canada, with other Canadian children, and am grateful, that my sons have also grown up. in this great land called Canada.
Raising our family, I never had to worry my sons being hungry with no food, sick with no medicine, or in danger from random acts of violence.
Are we a perfect society… No
Is the weather perfect….absolutely No
Is our government and health care perfect….No, not at all
We can always find fault if we chose to.
Canada afforded my parents an opportunity to work hard, build a life.
In what most of the world can only dream about, we are so fortunate to be able to grow up, get educated, get married, raise a family, and grow old in peace and serenity..
We often take peace and serenity for granted, but in this ever so more troubled world, we are the minority to have it.
So, on this Labour Day weekend of 2013, I want to thank my fellow Canadians for showing me friendship, kindness, respect, good humor, and always an unselfish willing to help me out, if I ever needed it.
We are a huge country, but a small family, we are Canadians.

Ismail Patel on

All that is glittering is not GOLD. Things looks nice from the distances but the realities is felt by the wearer of the shoe where it is punching.

Yoshika on

I lived in Kansai area, Japan for 30 years,I live in Ottawa for almost 5 years now. I really love this simpler life with beautiful and wonderful Canadian nature! There are so much negative appearances in my country still, but here is not. So, I feel free myself!! People are nice and friendly. Personally, there were a lot of difficulties for changing myself to be happy here for first several years for sure, but definitely here is safer and happier than I was. However, I don’t really recommend Ottawa because most people feel boring. But, I think if you want to visit other countries from Ottawa, it’s not really difficult to manage. Anyway, Ottawa is getting urban very slowly…. with a lot of babies!!!

watchingthewatcher on

I was born in Canada. I think it’s terrible here. It demands conformity from everyone. The people here are closed minded. This article seems like bull because most people I know work almost every minute of their life and still seem to get nothing from it. There is increasingly less public space here. You have to pay to go out into nature and take a walk. All there is really to offer is unhealthy fast food, dull life and work, no culture, and false friends, because everyone must wear a facade and insist that nothing is wrong with the world while they pass up all the evidence before their eyes.

    Glen Cayer on

    I agree…it feels like a prison, cant access nothing like lakes, parks nothing without cash

      Johnn on

      I agree with some of Glen Cayer’s remarks, not all, but some, too much Government control. I am a commercial fisherman in NL. We have fish coming out of our ears, still the Government is micro managing the fish with low quotas that we can’t make a living, we are smothered with rules and policies to a point that a lot of fish harvesters are thinking about giving up fishing. The Government is using the inshore fishing grounds to breed fish for the foreigners to catch when the fish migrate off shore in the winter. It may have something to do with free trade with the EU at our expense.

      May West on

      Hi Johnn. I am from NL as well but currently living in Western Canada. I was trying to say to Glen in an earlier post that given his personal lifestyle preferences he might enjoy a place like NL. Maybe that’s why we both zoomed in on him, because we can relate to what he is saying. I agree with your statements about the offshore fishery though. I do believe that it is indeed a trade-off and It sounds like NL is giving up on the fishery entirely. It makes me feel sad. It’s all about oil and gas now and I fear this may be a slippery slope. I sure hope they know what they are doing. Just the same, it’s always nice to hear a few comments from fellow Newfoundlanders.

      Mark on

      Last week I canoed in Lake Minnawanka for free. The week before I cycled from Canmore to Banff for free. Days before that I ran in the river valley in Edmonton for free. I’ve kayaked from Banff to Canmore for free. I camped out by Cooking Lake (south of Sherwood Park, AB) this past weekend for free.
      I worked in Libya for a year and each day on my way home from work went through check stops. Police questioning me daily what I was doing. I worked in the Sultanate of Oman for 2 years and was careful to watch my “p’s” and “q’s” so not to be in any conflict because the prevailing thought was if something went wrong it was my fault because it wouldn’t have happened if I wasn’t in the country. I worked in the States for 5 years and found out, by comparison, we are less prejudiced than they are to minorities. On USA employment taxation forms you have to check off a box saying you are either – Caucasian, Hispanic, Eskimo, black, Asian, etc. I couldn’t believe that was on the form.
      There is one similarity between Canada and USA that is frightfully similar and embarrassing. The treatment of North American native peoples, First Nations peoples. How this will ever be rectified is a mystery. Like in Canada, the US caucasian immigrant population has systematically worked at invalidating a unique race of people into oblivion. If there is one thing I am embarrassed to say I’m a Canadian about, it’s the irreverence towards the original peoples of this country. A proud people have lost their way but not all thankfully.
      Of all the concerns aired on this blog, this is the one I think is our biggest stain.
      I’m going for a walk this afternoon for free and I’m not concerned I’ll have to answer questions at a check point.
      It’s good here folks. It really is.

      Dawn on

      I agree. And people are so nasty too! Everyone is greedy, arrogant, egocentric… Population is divided into ethnical groups, no integrity. Nasty, nasty country….

fiona888 on

I just returned from a 3 weeks vacations in in Asia. I came to Canada 25 years ago and live in the beautiful British Columbia. I feel so blessed to live in Vancouver, BC even though it is becoming very expensive. II will never go back to Asia as the places are so congested with people. Houses and cars are so ridiculously expensive and the weather is so hot. I came back home to my Oasis here and I think this is the best place on earth.

jacqueline pope on

Canada is the best country in the world and its advantages far outway its disadvantages. We have high taxes but services are great…medical, financial,education, historical, arts and more people are developing their talents in the Entertainment …making movies is cheaper here…and so on…Our military is the best…and we are always lending a hand to others…God Bless this vast country and its beauty and peoples…I am born Canadian and proud to be…Oh Canada we stand on Guard for thee…true patriots in all our hearts can see and be…I wouldnt trade this country for the world.

    watchingthewatcher on

    I disagree with your Jaqcueline, your post sounds pretty indoctrinated by the way you started reciting the anthem at the end. The art and culture is terrible here. The films we produce are nothing but American propaganda. I’ve never been helped by the health care system which is too ready to get rid of each patient so that a new one can come in and the doctors can collect a big paycheck. The only positive thing that can be said about Canada is that we don’t have someone coming to knock our teeth in with the back of their guns… although those who attended the G20 protests in Toronto have a different experience on that matter as well.. watch this documentary if you need to.

    http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/toronto-g20-exposed/

Patricia Chura on

Life is what you make it – wherever you may hang your hat. Canada is, hands down, the best country in the world to live in at the present moment. There are huge waiting lists to immigrate here and “refugees” turning up on our shores, airports etc. non-stop. Nothing is perfect and there are those who will complain about anything. If you don’t like it here – leave. Never mind knocking Canada and as the fella said , “don’t let the door hit you in the derriere on the way out”.

Carmelita rabanillo on

I came to Canada 40 years ago and thankful for the good life that I and my family are enjoying. People who complain should go elsewhere and try their luck, only then they will appreciate what Canada is all about.

    Lilly on

    Actually a lot of my friends are Canadian now live in the US they all seem happy keeping more money in their pockets,getting healthcare whenever they need it and getting more for less .Sorry but Canada is very successful at brainwashing people into thinking it is one of the best countries in the world but that is far from the truth…

      Suz (Brit expat) on

      What is so great about gun loving America and school children being shot more and more? It’s definitely not safer and the food is not nice either, I always looked forward to returning to Canada on a road trip to the US as the food is just not the same.. yackity yack! It’s also not as pretty down there scenery wise. Not to mention how many children are abused by their families, if you go to bbcworldnews and click on US and Canada you will see it all there on that one. Go enjoy your US then, I will stick with Canada, and the UK thanks, but not America.. thanks but no thanks.

bcd on

Canada in my opinion is the greatest country in the world bar none. After coming to this country, I was blessed to realized my goals to choose any career I like such as becoming a Computer teacher, commercial pilot, Realtor, Mortgage Professional, Insurance and Investment Professional, CEO, to name a few and more blessings that Through my Canadian experience, this allowed me to travel to Tahiti, Hawaii, Europe, Asia, China, Caribbean, the Americas with a Canadian passport. Not to mention the joy of living in many cities and province of these unbelievably beautiful and blessed country. This country is run by the most capable leaders on Earth. The ultimate testimonial that you make your own happiness and carve your destiny but only through a great country like Canada. My Canada is heaven. Oh I forgot to mention that my earnings is enough to enable me to send kids to university until they graduate and are now gainfully employed. The negatives are a fraction of the positive. What a country. Canada Oh Canada.

Shelly L. on

God Bless Canada!! I was born here and I love my country.

    Glen Cayer on

    Really? You are proud of the scamming governments?….time to WAKE up!

      Sammy D on

      havin a rough go there glen? lets all move to liberia

      Suz (Brit expat) on

      ha ha! Go Glen! At least Glen is being realistic and honest, it’s better than that boring one liner we hear too much.. God bless Canada.. maybe I should start saying loudly.. God bless England! :)

Charlie on

I have travelled the world and find the beauty and adventure can be found whereever you’re at. It never ceases to amaze me that after I return from travelling, I feel blessed that I AM CANADIAN, I am proud and thankful to live in Canada and I am called “Canadian”… Canadians are liked all over the world… not many other countries can say that. Canada has it’s drawbacks but the advantages are just so wonderful that they overshadow the drawbacks. It is also a matter of attitude, those who are whining will likely whine no matter where they are and likely bring down those around you. Get over yourself and enjoy the world you’re in… if you don’t like it.. change it.. stop whining, no one wants to hear it. Why not do something nice for your neighbour (and that’s spelled with a “u”)

garry on

East or west Canada is the best. I love my Canada.

LifeWthNoFixedAddress on

I am Canadian, born in BC. I lived 20 years in Vancouver before moving to New York City about a decade ago and I have traveled extensively internationally. Canada has plenty of culture and it isn’t all hockey. Unfortunately like most small places — and we are a tiny country in a huge space — our best gets exported. Canada’s biggest knock is that as a small population occupying a very large population, we can’t afford to offer enough cultural opportunities so many of our artists leave. Despite this we have world renowned culture at home, theatre, music, art and documentaries.

Gaby Eirew on

Lived in London and Vancouver – both are terrific, both are exciting. Depends what you are after.

Paul on

I grew up in Poland. It was nice and good (I got a very good undergraduate education, for instance) but I wanted more, At 25, I moved to the US .It certainly was fascinating! And sometimes annoying due to b.s. in mass media and jingoism, things you probably don’t notice if you’re born there. At 32 I moved to Sweden. Beautiful living in the suburb of Stockholm! Very curious and reasonably run country, a bit difficult to make good friends with the Swedes but I enjoyed it until it was time to decide again – stay (forever) or seek greener pastures. So at 44 I moved to Toronto.
Not my ideal type of city (too big, esp. after Santa Cruz, CA, and Stockholm, SE) but cosmopolitan, vibrant (lots of culture events, concerts, if you look for it). I’m now 52 and want to stay here… for now. I guess I’ve traded a dream of palm trees in my backyard for a swimming pool there.

Greater Toronto Area where I live offers a lot — freedom from the idiocy of militarism and “patriotism”, NO REAL RACIAL CONFLICTS in a city where English isn’t a mother-tongue for most (for me English is the 4th language :-); a nice mix of Europe and America. Good jobs are available if you’re smart, more so than in many parts of the world. You are freer here than in the U.S., more wealthy than in Sweden, and can work as a scientist easier and more efficiently than in Poland.

We’re not the “greatest nation in the world” (thank God!!). We’re pretty good though, eh?

    bwana on

    Nice summary! I can tell you like the suburban life. I would have a terrible time living in Toronto; far too crowded for me…

Katrina on

I have lived in NYC and Washington DC, also LA briefly. I live in Calgary right now. I grew up in Victoria and have dated men in Toronto. Canada is certainly more dull, and the weather is terrible. But it is an easier life for sure. I have much better friends than I ever made in the U.S. There is give and take, the medical system here is unresponsive and slow, but doesn’t cost me much in outlays except is built in to my sky high tax rate. In DC everyone is rude and could not care less about the people around them. In Calgary the customer service is exceptional relatively speaking at banks and at Starbucks. The food scene is even getting better. Flying out of YYC airport is super expensive and as a single person it’s a very very limited pool to date from. Pros and cons, pros and cons. I wouldn’t move back to the U.S. right now, it’s a an emerging police state.

    Puck U (@PuckPursuer) on

    Thanks for a fairly balanced and objective comparison of living in both Canada and the U.S. Your assessments are what I would expect.

RUMI on

Hey, HEY!! I am from the UK but born in Kenya , where my ancestors of Indian origin lived and am Kenyan, British, and Canadian. I LOVE CANADA and not just for its natural landscapes and the opportunity it enables to all those who came here, regardless of ethnicity. I like to recall Adrienne Clarkson, who said once in an address she gave to CBC. Europe is a continent of tribes, They still see themselves as the separate tribes..and complain of each other. Canada is not a nation of tribes, unless you are First Nation or Inuit or Metis. Everyone here is equal , regardless of how long they have lived here. We are a nation of people united by our common values, of generosity, of humility, of sharing, of respect . I should know that. My community, the ISMAILIS, have hugely contributed to this and many countries where we have lived (for centuries).
I would add that we have all in Canada, unknowingly, adopted and inherit the aboriginal culture’s values of sharing and humility , even though many wouldn’t necessarily credit that.
Remember, europeans love drink, sex, spending hugely on holidays, class systems, and complaining of other people that their politicians and media doesn’t like. Clearly, I have an Irish homosexual life partner and we do not miss this aspects of the UK at all. We see children and families growing in Canada with much better advantages.
We miss the banter and the slanted sense of humour , but would we go back to London?
Only if we won the lottery ! Not otherwise. LONG LIVE CANADA….

george on

my main objection to life in canada and I am canadian . is the high taxes the students must take out umpteeen thousands in loans to cover uni in all provinces except quebec. and no government job for any one not bilingual yet yet most 99% of taxes paid by unilingual citizens.

    EnFr on

    I’m bilingual (actually I speak 4 language) and completely fluent in French and English and have numerous university degrees, including a master’s degree in public policy and an accounting designation, but can’t get a gov’t job. This is because in Canada the human resource specialists (an industry unto itself inside the public sector) and the PS unions have gamed the system to protect their privileges from being eroded. The disparity between public sector workers (20-25% or the work force) and the rest of the labour market is the main source of inequality in Canada (native people are the most “unequal” economically but make up a smaller percentage of the population) . This is especially the case in terms of benefits and pensions.

    As a previous commenter noted, the “free market” part of the economy is incredibly concentrated – verging on (oligo/mono)polistic in banking, telecomm, transportation, etc. This is characteristic of a rich but still “developing” economy that is overly dependent on resource extraction and immigration for nearly all its economic growth.

    My personal solution so far has been to work for cash (with such a high tax rate the underground economy in Canada is huge and you don’t need to earn much to have as much take home pay as people with double the salary). I work in construction (when I was young I nearly completed requirements for journeyman’s papers as an electrician – I also know how to arc weld) but there is a lot of enforcement and *extremely* serious penalties in Canad for tax avoidance (murders are treated better!) so I’m looking to “retire” into a real job ASAP. You take what life gives you :-) Remember folks, these “nations” and “countries” we talk about are just brief historic artifacts :-) of some utility for organizing economic activity perhaps – but not worth using to build your personal identity. I’m so thick I had to do a PhD in History before I came to that conclusion!

      really111 on

      Someone with that much education doesn’t have a clue what they want, our government system is a perfect place for you.

Mstraka on

My sense is that what makes us all proud as residents of our respective nations is about to change dramatically, as the global economy continues to lurch. This article like everything else online and in print is a marketing vehicle designed to sell something. It is by no means a universal truth for everyone living in Canada. Relative to other countries I suppose yes we do live longer, breath cleaner air, have more space and access to more social support structures, but are we necessarily all happier for it? If people are moving here thinking they will be happier here, for all but those that are very disadvantaged in their own countries, they will be disappointed. We are like many other countries today, our wealth is merely smoke and mirrors; a result of debt – personal and government. However, like every other country, including England, there are pretty parts and not-so-pretty parts in Canada. I found the ride from Heathrow to London dreary and depressing – like driving through a Dickensian parody of post-industrial England. Yet Esher/Surrey was picturesque. I doubt that a highly-skilled immigrant who can make good money and have a good lifestyle anywhere they move to would be any happier here in Canada than anywhere else.

Patrick on

What it won’t say is how much we pay for a box of simple cereal compared to the states.

    Lilly on

    In the US you can get a lot free with coupons..

      Puck U (@PuckPursuer) on

      Yes, lots of GMO (genetically modified organisms) food in the states.

Les M on

Of course a born Canadian and a skilled worker immigrant perspectives are completely different. I didn’t mean to offend anyone, it’s your “homeland” after all, I just highlighted a few things I don’t like over here. Healthy criticism is a must to improve things constantly but the responses didn’t address some of the salient points of my comments and reinforce what I said about not taking any criticism lightly no matter how true it is or taking it like a personal offense. Unfortunately, with this approach the “bad” things only get preserved and multiply, as it happened in the last 12 years: wages stagnate, prices for food, housing, utilities, gas went up disproportionately, savings lose their value every year as interest is lower than inflation, pushing retirement further away for a lot of people, both household and government debt are increasing fast…
But with many things, most Canadians don’t have a clue about how much is Canada’s debt and how much interest the taxpayers pay for it every year, their only concern seems to be to find a credit card with some credit left on it to buy that 20% off item on sale…and pay 20% interest on it for several years.
Helping the disabled is fine, but 1out of 4 people, don’t you think is something fishy here?
As a skilled worker immigrant who left his homeland already, I’m free to move to different countries where I feel life could be better for us, after all I’m selling my skills to the highest bidder. If I would be a refugee in this country, I wouldn’t have the right to criticize anything, but as a skilled worker ( which category most Canadians are unaware of and put a refugee from x country who can barely read and write in the same category as a highly educated and skilled European), I went thru a whole selection process, paid a lot of fees and never received any government aid. Also paid a lot of taxes….

maryjane nelson on

I’ve been struggling with my Canadian identity. I was born and raised on the West Coast and it IS visually stunning. Except for when it is raining (8-9 months of the year). The cost of living here is prohibitive and is not workable for a senior lady with arthritis and limited funds. I’ve been searching for a place with a decent climate and reasonable living costs. But that would entail leaving Canada for good, and that is huge decision.

I’ve lived other places and have travelled. What I have discovered is that there is no place on Earth that is closer to paradise than any other. Invariably, one has to give up something. Contentment is not something “out there” but is found inside the heart and mind – regardless what country in which you live.

    Glen Cayer on

    It doesn’t matter whats in anyone’s heart, OR mind…it matters what you can do here as a FEE individual. NOTHING. Its all money…NO money? No family time anywhere.

      Puck U (@PuckPursuer) on

      Glen, yours is the first legitimate concern I’ve read ere in identifying issues with Canada. While I love Canada and all it has to offer, it is not perfect. I agree that we’ve moved too far away from the lifestyle of living off the land. Our government charges horrendous fees and creates stupid laws that make it hard to enjoy a natural life. This is one area that Canada needs to improve upon. That being said, it is still one of the best countries in the world!

    Charlee on

    I am reading all the comments and everyone is entitled to feel the way they do. I do not live in Canada, however, I have several friends who do and I envy them.(in a friendly way of course) Canada is beautiful, I find the diversity refreshing. I live in America but we’ll be moving to Canada as soon as we can. Although no place is perfect, I believe Canada is perfect for me. :)

    Rosann on

    My husband and I moved to Creston, B. C. seventeen years ago, and we love it here. Creston is a small town (one of the reasons we came here). It is very friendly, the climate is moderate, and the valley is beautiful. The area has many retirees, and I don’t think the cost of living is prohibitive.

    Rosann on

    My comments about Creston, B.C. were specifically directed to maryjane nelson, who thought she would have to leave Canada to find a good place to live. Creston is a wonderful place to retire.

colinG on

It is God’s Country

    Helen Cordell on

    I moved to Canada on a one-year work visa in the late 1980′s. I am a registered nurse and my qualifications allowed me the opportunity to experience life in another country which I thought was too good to waste. To cut a long story short, I met my husband here and Canada became my home. I agree with some of the previous comments in that long car journeys can be a bit dull, and that the winters are excruciatingly cold. (Unless you live on the West coast). However, to say that there is no culture unless you like hockey or fishing is a huge overstatement. Our closest city is fifteen minutes away and it offers a vibrant arts scene, great restaurants, fantastic shopping and great bookshops that are usually busy! Of course I miss my family but we are in touch almost daily thanks to modern technology. I still think that the British countryside is unparalleled in its beauty and I miss the history and the sense of place I get when I visit the UK, but life is definitely what you make it. One of the things that I don’t miss about the UK is the deeply entrenched class system. The constant deference to the royal family ensures that Britain will never be free of it. Canada is a young country and I see opportunities here for my teenage son that would not be available to him if we lived in the UK. I still have my British passport and am proudly British but I have come to hold a deep affection for my adopted homeland and the people who live here.

Jeff. on

I am Canadian-born, and i don’t feel the need to reject your criticisms. :) However if you feel because of these flaws that one should abandon any notion of pride in this country, i would have to identify that these economical aspects, environmental and weather conditions, shape and arrangement of roads, have never really been what i perceive to be what we take pride in as Canadians. At the very least within the area of Ontario i was raised in, the point of pride was being able to engage, communicate, and love one another in an accepting, unbiased, and peaceful fashion. All the while surrounded by a landscape that instilled nothing but tranquility, in myself at least. :p
And certainly not evaluating people’s moral worth and integrity in life based on financial situation and evaluation, ie, no offence implied, but to the poster above “We are not losers” has no bearing on how much money you make to me, whether or not you cast that same judgement on others. However, that’s rather crucial to my impression of a true loser. Oh, and i do enjoy reading novels and appropriate literature! So spare me the generalized stereotypes on people’s level of literary appreciation here. Very hurtful sentiment you just shared there, and with all due respect rather untrue at that.

    Judy Millett on

    Right on, Jeff. Your reply to Les M is perfect so, there’s no need for me to expand, but I will say to Les M that I’m unaware that anyone has a ‘disability permit’. If a person is disabled and cannot work, our country will provide them a minimum allowance to help them survive. We don’t believe it’s moral or desirable to abandon people to their fate. That’s part of what I love about Canada.

      DirtDevil67 on

      Disability support is amazing in Canada, AISH in Alberta for example. Elsewhere you have to go through a lot to even get them to talk to you even with piles of proof that you are disabled. I know, I lived in Australia, USA and Germany.

      mjh49783 on

      DirtDevil67….

      My disabled Canadian spouse will definitely disagree with you in that regard. Soon as I was able to land in Canada, ODSP cut her off. She now has a broken electric wheelchair, and needs a lot of stuff that we can’t afford, medications, etc….because ironically, we make $200 too much per month. It doesn’t matter that she’s had MS for nearly fourteen years, because people here have the attitude that she’s faking it, in spite of piles of medical evidence to the contrary.

      Meanwhile, in the US, if you get Social Security due to a disability, you get Medicare parts A, B, and D, which covers things like hospital and doctor visits, plus drugs, ambulatory equipment, etc…. and you don’t lose that if you get remarried. It’s not perfect, as it doesn’t cover glasses or dental by itself, but it’s better than the scam that is ODSP.

      Colline on

      Judy you’re not living in the real world.

Les M on

I have to agree with Mike : this country is dull and boring, if you are not into hockey or fishing, not much to do here, cultural life is non-existent, every city looks alike (and we’ve visited a lot of them), this is so far the only country where people are proud that they never read a book in their life. I hate driving on these straight grid roads.
BC is fairly nice but the you can’t swim in the ocean, it’s too cold. Wages are not that extraordinary at all, university education is not paid properly, a small part of the population – city, government and unionized employees enjoy a disproportionate advantage over the rest of the workforce – unacceptable in a just society. 25% of the population owns a disability permit, is that normal ?????? Yes, the houses are big but I call them paper-houses, they need a lot of energy to make them inhabitable, no thermal stability whatsoever, the hot air heating is really bad for your health. People rarely own their house, they are barely able to pay the mortgage, but they are really proud to be Canadians and don’t take any criticism, no matter how true it is. In our 12 years living here, we paid our house in 5 years, all our cars were used ones and paid for, we never had any debts and we make 150k so I don’t think you can call us losers, but it’s time for us to move back to Europe where the real life is.

    bwana on

    All depends on what you make of “your” country. I grew up here, earned a good education, found a wonderful wife, raised four great kids and love the Canadian winters. If you don’t like Canada, please leave and let the rest of us enjoy it!

      Victor on

      If you are so unhappy than leave. Please go back to UK. You guys complain the most about every little thing. A typical European or English attitude. I guess you must have been unhappy in the old country to make you immigrate to Canada in the first place. You are basically a miserable, unhappy person. No wonder your business is struggling. Who would want to deal with a miserable unhappy business person like you.

      Change your outlook and Canada will look beautiful to you.

      You will be back, not that we want unhappy individuals like you in Canada.
      I

    Glen Cayer on

    Wish i could go with ya and take my family too..Canada is really bad, government greed is taking over like the us.

      Fifi on

      Glen M. Then go! I get you have some hardships but I can’t empathize with someone who thinks the grass is greener on the other side but hasn’t tried it. Do it! Take the risk you may be happy you did or get a slap of reality in your face. No perfect country exists, we all have our pros and cons. Quit whining and buck up or shut up.

      Chris on

      I have an idea, Glen. I will give you a one-way bus fare to Detroit.

    Puck U (@PuckPursuer) on

    Ba ha! Time to move back to Europe?! Europe is in great economic trouble. If you’re complaining about “…the toothpick in your eye” in Canada, wait until you have to “…remove the log from your eye” in Europe. A lot of your comments are completely off – e.g. proud about not reading books? Canada is one of the most highly educated countries in the World. I suspect you are a misery guts and will complain regardless of where you are.

    Jane on

    Wow! What a bunch of whiners! I am living in Canada originally from the USA. The quality of life is so much better here and I have a big house and make over $200k in Alberta where the economy is good. I have access to health care I could not afford out of pocket in the USA and the scenery and people are great. Less crime and racism too. I moved to the UK several years ago and moved back. Let me tell you the UK is the last place on earth you want to move. Depressing, old out dated infrastructure, backwards attitudes, horrible weather, high taxes, many houses still have Victorian water closets! How primitive! They still they use plaster on walls and they can’t even make a straight wall. Garbage everywhere, binge drinking gone wild , people urinate in the streets and in phone boxes cause they are too drunk to find a toilet. The UK is still in the dark ages, send all the ungrateful whiners back there.

      anastasia on

      hi there….well im happy for you that you make that much money.. but canada is not perfect… there is most definite racism here, you just dont know because its an indirect prejudice… they dont say but they could say behind your back… USA people are more what you see is what you get… its obvious whose racist so we just avoid those crazy people. (us open-minded people) and the reason why you can afford healthcare is cuz you make amazing money… not the average joe. there are parts of Canada that are crappy and good parts… any country has the good parts and the bad parts… it may seem there is less crime because the population is less than in USA.. and its possible some people left because taxes are so high and or people are just not having as many kids… but i’ll admit i do think there are some parts of canada that may have more affordable care than in the USA. the medical care is a problem in the usa that most americans know sadly.. and also.. i dont think canadians are any better educated than americans… maybe older generation is… but the younger generation is all on marijuana all the time and they dont seem to study that hard in school. but im happy for you that you have a happy life.. good for you..

      Jane on

      Anastasia: Of course Canada is not perfect, Money has nothing to do with anything other to say that you can make a decent living in Canada if you have the will to. Of course there is racism, but as a person of colour born and raised there, I can guarantee it is NOTHING like the blatant racism in the USA. That has to do with the US’s history of slavery and segregation. Every country in the world has bias to immigrants. That is not going to change and Canada is no better. People in the US ARE NOT more open minded. Have you ever been to Louisiana or Mississippi? Think again. There statistically IS less crime in Canada. Do your homework before commenting. As we have universal health care, money has NOTHING to do with access to health care. I have a serious medical condition in CALGARY which has one of the lowest doctor to population ratios, and I have excellent care. Sure there are waiting lists, but I would rather wait a few months than pay thousands out of pocket. Show me where all the kids are on marijuana all the time? Sure some kids smoke it, but statistically more adults smoke marijuana. In fact the Canadian government is taking over the grow-op business so there will be LESS organized crime.

      Anne on

      Gosh, who could even say that Canadians are better educated people!!! Of course, if finishing high school is a good education for you, then maybe yes.

      Anne on

      Hey Jane,
      Why are you being so disrespectful by telling me to go somewhere to live? I did not tell you to go to India. I was simply expressing my opinion. You might like Canada because they did not like you in the UK, but others don’t like Canada.

      Jane on

      Anne: if you don’t like Canada.. get out!!

      Anne on

      Jane, you sound like a typical Canadian – disrespectful, nasty, rude… You don’t own the country, you are just one little person, and you can’t really tell others what to do.

      Jane on

      Anne: Wow you just offended every Filipino in the world. I left my country because I can. I am now a dual citizen and can come and go as I please. I love living in Canada, not because I have to, but because I can.. lol . Someday I will probably move back, but only when I feel like it. Obviously you are stuck in Canada and the US would not take you and that is why you are so miserable. You can’t even give a good comeback..lol Give up!

      Anne on

      Jane, learn some Grammar – when you talk about Americans as plural, you write “Americans live”; you write “American’s” only in cases like “That American’s life was great” (meaning a life of one American).

      Dedots on

      You definitely have not been here long enough to know that racism is thick here in Canada. It is worse because it is not explicit as you have in the US but systemic.

      What do you expect of a society that is built on the “ethnic pecking order” principle? – http://www.ucalgary.ca/applied_history/tutor/calgary/pecking.html – using the 80/20 rule, you find out the way this plays out in different aspects of daily living and interaction is that White Canadians are seen to be on top of the ladder of acceptability and when making choices on matters relating to job and other related economic benefits even if there more experienced, more educated and more qualified folks available. Next on the ladder are the white skinned folks from other countries like US, UK and Europe, then followed by the Asians and at the bottom of the ladder are the unfortunate dark-skinned folks! Wow! What a shame, what an hypocrisy? I consider it hypocritical because now that there are prospects of economic growth in Africa and the economy in the West has been flat with little or no signs of recovery, these very much looked down upon societies are experiencing the influx of the superior-thinking folks from these part of the world. Now, it no longer matters if there are security problems in some of these countries like kidnapping. The accent also no longer matters as long there are contracts to be won. No surprise then that Canadian firms now dominate the World Bank’s corruption list, no thanks to SNC-Lavalin – http://business.financialpost.com/2013/09/18/canada-now-dominates-world-bank-corruption-list-thanks-to-snc-lavalin/.

      Honestly speaking, I have no problem living in any society that is truly ready to accept me and not pretend to do so. The other thing is that there is really no perfect society anywhere so for those whining, take it as just what it is or leave. But for me, I think the acceptability factor is very important if any society in this day of globalization is serious about moving forward and leveraging the diverse skills out there that cut across different cultures and nationalities. I mean who in this day and age should still be so picky that some persons have an “accent”? I just think it is childish thinking, period.

      Dawn on

      People urinate in Toronto subway, Jane. Canada is a dull country and will always stay this way. It’s like a half house for immigrants who come and later leave for better life in the US.

      Stan on

      On the other side of the coin I have been here over 50 years not always by personal choice. I have now come to the conclusion that Canada has progressed in spite of Canadians, the result however has not changed the boring and lack of humour that Canadians are suffering. Their are talented people in this country but they have to leave to gain the recognition they deserve., But if they remaining in this boring country all is lost…..then come the Politicians nearly all failed lawyers. I wouldn’t go back to the UK at present as I am too old but I was younger that’s a different story.

    DirtDevil67 on

    LOL LesMe, Mike D and Mike D… how many more do you have?

    Linx3566 on

    If it was so bad why it took you so long to decide to leave. I believe you did very good in Canada paying off your house in 5 years. You no doubt prospered in Canada so you should not be so negative of the country. Any where you go will have issues but Canada is a great place to live and raise a family. Did you not know that boring is good

    Kate on

    I am really sorry for anyone that can find Canada boring. I have lived in Europe and I enjoyed it very much, but honestly, I love my country. I am never bored! There is so much to do and experience. I am truly sorry that you are not enjoying yourself, but my guess is you aren’t trying very hard.

      Dawn on

      So arrogant, Kate! So, if we are not with you, we are against you? People are different, and not everyone into this simple life of hockey, stupid jokes and beer (meaning, life in Canada). The same way you might like Canada, some people might not! What’s so difficult to understand?! It’s a cold country in the North, and if you are into skiing or everything related to snow, maybe you are not bored. But if you have some little brain activity going on, Canada will be boring for you because Canada has very little culture.

      John on

      @ Dawn. Sounds like you aren’t into anything that Canada offers. Guess what? It snows here. So you’d better enjoy snow sports. I live for snow sports in the winter. If you aren’t into what Canada offers then you are swimming upstream. If you expect to lay on the beach year round, then you failed at geography 12.

      Mila on

      To each his own – some like it hot, some like it cold. Those who wish to leave Canada and are expressing their frustrations should have the freedom to do so without being lambasted. Each person has unique circumstances that shape their opinions and feelings. Some are lucky, some are not. I myself have a lot of complaints (especially TTC, not a day without a problem – I actually think that TTC is at the brink of breaking down), but I’ve lived in at least few countries (Auckland, New Zealand included) and still find Canada to be a better place to live – maybe not the best – but where is the best place to live? Really? It’s all up to the individual to make the most of what you have. If you can’t find your happiness in the current place where you live, then yes, by all means, that person has the right to search for that perfect place. I loved Vancouver, lived there for a couple of years, but there were no good jobs in my field at that time I moved there, so I moved to Toronto. I found it really ugly at first. (Of course, after living in places where there are lots of water, greenery and mountains, what do you expect?) 18 years later, whenever I visit Vancouver, for some reason, I don’t love it that much anymore. Maybe because I call Toronto my home now. And home is where the heart is. Cheers!

    SFellows on

    I am a Canadian who was transferred to TX for husband’s job. After 23 yrs in the U.S. I dreamed of moving to Victoria, and I did and am so sorry. Crap healthcare, anti-American attitude, grotty little shops and bad restaurants. I’ll bw going back to the U.S.

      Francois on

      Don`t forget to take your gun with you…you`ll need it!

    Suz (Brit expat) on

    Les, what a stupid comment, I totally disagree with you. I disagree with some Canadians narrow minded comments on our weather and one toilet in a house too, my parents have 3 toilets in their house in England to be precise so some here need to broaden their minds a bit too and they get lots of sunshine and nice weather where they live.. like Canada it varies where you live weather wise. I do agree too on some of the narrow minded attitudes over here in Canada with the Canada being the best and Canadians, that was rife in Vancouver, BC and it got on my nerves hearing it on the radio while driving to work daily and I disagree with that viewpoint too, there are other beautiful places in the world besides Canada and Norway is one of them and Norweigens are lovely people, I’ve lived there, we don’t act like that in the UK ranting on how great we are, and if we did there’d be an uproar. Sorry Canadians but you are wrong to behave that way, and the weed smoking is a bit much, I’ll likely move us back to the UK if that doesn’t improve, it’s definately a terrible problem here in Canada, the police say it’s illegal yet can’t go in their apartment to do anything about it? That’s like saying someone is being stabbed to death but we the police can’t go in their apartment to save them.. spare me the bull sh*t please, this sort of thing is corrupt and backwards about Canada and does get on my nerves, it’s a shame as there is much I like apart from that, and why do children shout, do they not get taught to talk? I’ve had to tell a few around my boy he is here not in China so no need to shout.
    No don’t take the Monarch back to England, it belongs here in Canada too, respect your Queen Canadians please, thank you. Many Canadians do respect her and that is good.

    Les: Yes you can swim in the sea on the West coast, and no it is not too cold, it’s beautiful and lovely and warm, the pacific stream runs through it but I guess you wouldn’t know that and I guess you never tried to swim in it either going by your narrow minded comment on that.

    I can honestly say I’ve been in Paradise twice:
    once while night skiing down Cypress Mountain in North Vancouver where I lived for 4 yrs, and I did this more than once! the views are fantastic from the chair lifts at night and..
    once while swimming in the sea in West Vancouver, and I swam there more than once too!, private beaches that’s how it feels, total privacy (almost), and a nudist one at UBC which was full of gays letching at me with a boyfriend so I told them they had to pay if they wanted to ogle us, life is definately not boring, though I’ll agree I don’t like the one line roads either so much but it’s less tiring on the arms without all the steering at least.

Canadianbudgetbinder on

I moved to Canada from the UK back a few years ago now and it was the best decision I ever made. My wife was going to move to the UK but we decided that Canada was a beautiful country with much to offer, and it is. I love my life in Canada and can’t imagine me being anywhere else. In order to appreciate our surroundings and what our country has to offer we have to embrace it.

    mike donovan on

    I moved to Canada as my wife is Canadian . However life in Canada is pretty boring, the country is generally backward and primitive in both its outlook and its facilities. Distances are huge and visually the place is dull and uninteresting.
    Add to this the fact that winter is at least six months of the year and goes to minus 30 regularly summers are stiflingly hot and humid and overall the advantages pall very quickly. Weare off back to UK as soon as our house is sold.

      Rick T on

      Well Mike D, I live on the beautiful west coast and I think we had snow only twice last year. I see the ocean every day and tall mountains. I think you just live in a lousy spot of which there thousands in this huge country and the place I live in amazing!

      RJK on

      Good Bye & Good Riddens

      bwana on

      Sorry you feel that way. You’ll probably never find a place you like with your attitude… Good bye!

      geeoreg on

      hey i got the proverbial golden parachute. I can travel world wide without worry have done so 5 times thanks to can, taxpayers lol

      Jon Christopher H on

      Mike, I’m surprised you said that we’re primitive and backwards considering that when it comes to equal rights Canada fares better than Britain, and has for sometime. We are light years ahead of England in how we perceive the LGBTQ community. I’m not sure where you are living but the scenery that Canada offers is amazing, perhaps you need to get outside more often or visit one of the cities. I’m also at a loss as to why you would say that people don’t venture outside of their own areas. I find my area (St. Lawrence Market area of Toronto) to be extremely diverse, and have not encountered racism, Islamophobia, anti-antisemitism, or homophobia. It’s too bad you have a such a negative perception of the country. My guess is that you have been hanging around the wrong people and have not done much to meet others in the city. Best of luck moving forward to you though.

      Victor on

      You must love rain and cold..just about year round. UK is the last place I would like to reside in. But I understand it must be your HOME.

      geeoreg on

      can tell you have never lived in Sweden, lol

      Rob D on

      Take the dark cloud over your head with you.
      But I do hope you will be happy where ever you end up.

      Puck U (@PuckPursuer) on

      Good riddance Mike. Go back to your dreary grey depressing rain soaked crowded Island. You are obviously sheltered and have not experienced much of Canada.

      Jane on

      When the Gods looked down on Earth they said: “we can do better, we will create a harmonious country” others scowled and said ‘no way, can’t be done’ the Gods looked pleased and said ‘it can be done and we will call it Canada’

      mike on

      If you’re bored, you’re boring.

      Ron on

      Hi Mike, how soon can you leave??

      Chris on

      Yea Mike go back to England. The country where the sun never shines. Maybe you think Canada is dull an uninteresting as a country but the problem probably reflects more on who you are.

      DirtDevil67 on

      You should check out Australia if you think Canada is primitive and backwards.

      art on

      Hi Mike I can understand that you think we are a bunch of primitive people here, that certainly is your view. I have traveled a bit, I have been to places in various parts of the world and I am amazed at how many interesting things I get to experience. Some of those places are here in Canada. I was in the UK and it was amazing. The people were different to be sure. For one we are a tad bit more relaxed, we don’t run up escalators at least not in my part of Canada. True in most parts of our country there aren’t 500 year old buildings but then we aren’t that old, Sorry, just give us a few years. But if you look for the good and the interesting you just might find it. Just give use primitive folk a chance.

      Dirgni on

      good!

      Keith on

      Of course one could make plenty of legitimate criticisms about any country including Canada. But your comment has no credibility when you label Canada as “primitive and backward”.

      I’ve noticed a surge in UK immigration to Nova Scotia over the last decade and they generally seem quite happy about their move.

      Kevin on

      Hello Mike D.
      Good luck in the UK.
      No time to chat, busy in enjoying the wonders of Canada!

      Blindfingers on

      Mike D – I am afraid that the old adage that life is seldom boring except to the boring may be wherein lies your problem here in this vast nation of indescribable beauty. I emigrated to Canada from the U.S.A. many years ago; I’ve seen much of the country and frankly, I have no idea what you’re looking at. Your myopic view is apparently further blurred by the idea that wherever you are, you think it is a complete representation of the second largest country geographically in the world. It is not. You owe it to yourself to travel from coast to coast and see the natural beauty that is part of what makes this country so spectacular. As for the politics, I respectfully disagree that this is, in any way, a backward nation. Au contraire. It is a nation of rich diversity, a multicultural cornucopea of peoples from around the world and if you are interested, it will broaden your world view enormously. You need to look around more. You seem not to have seen much of anything yet.

      Donal Fee on

      Well, Mike, it’s your own fault for moving to Alberta. I’m on the Wet Coast (sp. intentional) and thoroughly enjoy/love my part of Canada. As an aside I’d like to add, there are also many beautiful places in the UK that I would move to in a heartbeat.

      ispeakfaqs on

      I agree with you Mike , i’ve been here 2 years and everything you said is correct, it definitely is backward compared to Europe, yes and boring as anything . I’ve contemplated going back to the UK too.

      Gary Ludwig on

      Sorry that the colony wasn’t up to your high standards!! No worries, we’ll try to muddle along without your input as we have for the last 300 years!!!

      Gloria Pearce on

      Only boring and unimaginative people would find Canada boring or anywhere else for that matter. I have lived both in the UK and Canada and have been residing here in Canada for many years now. I have recently visited the UK again and on all counts, I will take Canada any day. I love the wide open spaces of Canada, the diversity of scenery such as the Rockies, the prairies, the lakes and forests as well as the cities with many cultural events and festivals, art galleries and museums(perhaps not as numerous as in London) but seek and ye shall find. I love the diversity of peoples in Canada, the tolerance and acceptance of other cultures……..one’s family doctor can be Chinese Canadian, hairdresser of European heritage, dentist of Middle Eastern heritage, and on it goes. And I have friends from ethnicities not my own.
      I dislike the racism and intolerance evident in Europe including Britain, the crowded streets and public places where one has to elbow one’s way around. I dislike the constant rain and dampness of Britain, the tiny little houses with cramped rooms (unless you’re one of the wealthy) and the class conscious society of Britain appears to be alive and well.
      I suggest Mike you should dress warmly for Canadian winters and take up a winter sport such as skiing or snowshoeing and go out into the country. Believe me, you’ll love it. You seem to live a very dull life

      Steven Z. on

      Hey Mike, which part of Canada are you in?
      Hopefully you do travel to see something good about this country…the size of Europe (mainland).

      Chris Ennever on

      We’ll mike , I’ve been here for35 years, I go back to the UK every year to see my two sons, who once lived here, I asked them if they would like to move back to Canada and they both said, no way. You are right in saying Canada is very backward compared with the UK, shopping there is an adventure, take the supermarkets for instance, they are huge with a massive selection of food and consumer goods, their transportation system is awesome, comfortable fast trains, modern buses , they are free for seniors, don’t get that here. I’ve seen massive changes take place over there, and I still love the beautiful countryside, there’s nowhere you can beat it. Even at my advanced years I would love to go back, not that I don’t like living here, Canadians are nice people , crime is not bad, the weather sucks , your right , too cold in the winter and too hot in the Summer, but you know, home is where the heart is, I would like to spend the summers there, and the winters in Spain, that to me would be ideal, but I don’t have that sort of money for that luxury.

      Francois on

      Can you take the monarchy with you…don`t slam the door on your way oput!!

      DaSilva on

      Enjoy the constant rain.

      watcher on

      good riddance to eurotrash

      Maureen on

      Where in the world did you settle–75 km outside of Yellowknife?

      Billie on

      you live in Winnipeg don’t you?

      teknicol on

      OK so a few idiots have mocked the Queen and poor Mike and the UK just because Mike has decided Canada is not to his liking. It is so sad that one unhappy guy can turn dozens against the British and their Monarchy. You all really do want UK immigrants to LOVE everybody and everything about Canada or leave pronto? I guess there must be a lot of hatred of ‘Old Blighty’ simmering in Canada judging by the vitriolic responses. Makes you wonder what this sad ignorant sector of Canadians are all about? Not that I am a fan of the British Monarchy but the world would be a boring place if you do away with every bit of whimsy. At around 4 million a year the Queen is probably the finest value for money of any Diplomatic Statesman in the western world. I think it a wonderful institution especially when I see the alternative filthy rich spoiled brat culture going on in Ontario’s politics. Canada has sadly become the joke of the world as a bunch of dope addled morons, and who am I to argue against the worlds press and comedians who are lapping it all up!!
      Not to knock Canada as a whole since I have only observed the lower half of Ontario but if someone has some grumbles about this country – so what. Why take it so personally – unless it is true!!
      Ahah that’s it isn’t it?

      Mikey on

      I tend to agree with the boring comment. The nightlife is nothing compared to Paris, London, Tokyo, New York; and the scenery is beautiful but how many endless trees do I have to see before I get to the next small town. Our healthcare is okay, many people are impressed with the “free” aspect – I would rather opt for high quality and be able to pay.

    Tiffany Rieder on

    I have been all over the world and the most beautiful place I know is The Bruce Peninsula in Ontario. I live in the Laurentians in Quebec, a close second in terms of scenic beauty. Too bad you did not give this country a chance because there is beauty everywhere.

      bwana on

      How very true!

      Newstome on

      So true! I also love the Bruce Penninsula. The sunsets are phenomenal – people gather at the beach every night just to watch them. There’s a fen with wild orchids, stunning waterfalls at Inglis Falls, 11 km of glorious sand at beautiful Sauble Beach, lush green parks and trails to explore like The Bruce, and much more. To Mike D I say, it’s a shame you don’t get out more. I’ve been all over Canada and have seen beauty everywhere. And your perception of us as ‘backward and primitive’ is ridiculous, and must be based on a specific area – such as train travel, which I concede lags behind the UK. In tech, in general, we are a nation of early adopters – well ahead of most of the rest of the world, plus we are leaders in telecommunications and software development… and those are just two of many areas in which we excel or lead. We also have some of the world’s best academic institutions, opera, ballet and symphonies, etc…. Canada is consistently listed among the most desirable places to live in the world. Have a good trip back. to the UK …don’t forget your umbrella and your wellies. You’ll need them.

      Colin Robson on

      Well ‘Tiffany Rieder’ everything is relative to what you yourself have experienced but you mentioned two lovely places out of many millions of too big and too inaccessible acres? To translate that microscopic sample to ‘Everywhere’ is exaggeration multiplied by about a million times. I look outside and I see 30 F BELOW freezing. It would be nice to pop down to a local pub and know I will find an ‘Open atmosphere’ and enjoy good company and a pint or two before young yobs drive us all away, unfortunately in Canada where I am, at 73 years old I’m likely to be imprisoned indoors for too many more months for my liking. So you love it and think it superior to any other country!! Now that really does show true ignorance of geography. For instance one Canadian guy here said Spain has a better climate nicer people and is considerably cheaper to live so I checked out their Health Care stats, and found they are 7th in the world while Canada is 30th. Not to put a too finer point on it but there are no Mosquito’s either, and wonderful beaches with a warm ocean and $56 return air fare to England from Spain too.

      We did enjoy having wonderful friends for a while in Lindsay ON. but having moved as far south as we can afford, I too am finding astonishing racial prejudice. Of course we have made friends too but this is a new and very distressing experience believe me no matter how small the percentage of Brit haters. Course it is probably very nice living on Victoria Island if you have a fat pension and a million dollars for a bungalow but unfortunately we are not all in that lucky spot or even in the position to travel so far afield my dear. As far as wishing all the Brits would leave it seems by the on-line emigration stats you are very likely to get your wish inside a few generations. You all should seriously consider the implications WHY when Canada is so wonderful and after creating this great country are so many English leaving? I mean before you all join in the racial hatred club because soon it will be too late.

      Maybe we should leave it to the Chinese and Asians and those prepared to endure some racial hatred, because it is so much better for them over here. Personally I’d rather endure the UK’s rain etc. than this racial prejudice against English immigrants. Unfortunately I am stuck because property prices in the UK are now out of reach.

      Mike’s reasons display the malady called ‘Homesickness’ that some of us endure better than others and is something that people born here are intolerant of because they have not experienced it. Please try to understand that most Brits are still very proud of their homeland and miss it greatly in spite of the many reasons to like Canada and most Canadians too.

    Mike Dennington on

    I moved to Canada 18 years ago and was amazed at how backward the country is, lack of culture, very boring unless one likes to look at millions of trees and pay a LOT in taxes and for goods which are some 25% cheaper in the USA. Unless one likes hockey, hiking up mountain trails and skiing its a dead end, politically ignorant place. Salaries are lower than the UK, overall taxes are higher, IE, CPP, PST, GST, gasoline tax, alcohol tax, clean energy tax, property tax, carbon tax, municipal tax not to mention the usual income tax……as for being multi cultural all the ethnic groups live in their own areas, whites, east indians, chinese, persians, there is little integration. Never venture into the smaller communities they are racist, bigoted and very ignorant and uninviting.
    Yes, I am trying to get out but made the HUGE mistake of buying a business a few years ago, the market is in depression and people are miserable over the continued bad weather, high gasoline prices and ineffective provincial and federal governments not to mention the corruption.
    These studies don’t look under the skin of a country, the hidden real side and hence are biased and very inaccurate.

      ileana on

      I feel sorry for you…won’t be happy anywhere in the world with such attitude..
      I moved to Canada 15 years ago, after marrying my Ontarian husband, and I find the place inviting, civilized and on top of that, the people so open minded and very friendly.

      Because of my work, I get to visit people homes every day, and with no exception, everyone I met has been polite and well mannered….I meet people from all over the world, every day and never felt not even a hint of racism. Rich or poor, everyone I met so far is happy to be here.
      I am from Costa Rica, which is a beautiful country on its own, and I miss it greatly, but sincerely I always feel at home right here.

      Glen Cayer on

      Although Canada is a beautiful place and has vast lands some undiscovered, it is a hard core locked down place to live off the land. We lost our entrie homestead of 20 square miles back in the late seventies due to government greed and tourism. Its been forty seven years and and it has gotten 100 times worse, crooked governments, stupid laws, cant fish or feed you family off the wild, forced to buy in stores, cant have a fireplace so you are forced to buy gas or oil, naaaah…being a Canadian is not all cracked up what it sounds like, and thats coming from an experienced 15 year woodsman vet. Dont come here unless you got lots of money, there aint no way out.

      David on

      Mike:

      I’m with you…and, I love how Canadians always resort to the “love it or leave it” attitude. Nearly everything about Canada is slow-moving, bureaucratic and much more expensive than it needs to be. On top of that, I made the mistake of moving to Quebec, which is Canada only 5x worse. Can NOT wait to move back across the border.

      And, Canadians, spare me your “love to buy your ticket back, eh?” ridiculousness. You guys are getting reamed on everything you buy because your government actually encourages oligopolies in every industry: banking, cell phones, Internet services. And your vaunted medicare system is crumbling (at least in Quebec where I actually have had to pay for a private doctor to even get medical care since nearly 40% of people here don’t have a regular doctor.) And, of course, since private insurance is illegal, it’s all out-of-pocket. Place is a joke. Sorry you guys don’t realize that, eh?

      Dave

      krista L on

      I’m pretty sure Mike Donovan, Mike Dennington and LesM are the same person. Its pretty pathetic that you have to make fake accounts because no one else shares your view, lol.

      Anne on

      No, it’s not on person by 2 different accounts, who is posting those negative comments about Canada. Because then I would be the other one, who says that indeed Canada is a low culture country, full of arrogant and ignorant people, who care only about themselves.

      Deryk Houston on

      I have to say that Mike needs to travel a bit more. Is he aware that gasoline prices in Britain are double what they are in Canada? Is he aware of how expensive taxes are in Europe?
      Energy costs in Europe are through the roof.
      Has he ever been to Russia? How about Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Cuba? I’d like to see how he would enjoy living there.
      After spending time in many of these places all I care about is that my kids are safe and have clean water to drink.
      Yes Canada has its problems. But when my wife got cancer she was treated immediately and received first class treatment. The same with my daughter when her appendix burst. (Both are doing really well. by the way)
      Canada has work to do. I don’t like to see our governments buy fighter jets for example. But overall, it is an amazing country full of a diverse group of people. I also complain about taxes but most people around the world usually do.
      I can jump in my car and drive up north on paved roads for thousands of miles even in the winter. Our taxes pay for that. My children can go to school. Our taxes pay for that. And yes….I would like to see our universities cheaper but they are still much less than American universities. These are things that need work. There are many things that need changed. But that is up to the people. I can write my government and tell them that they are idiots without worrying about getting my head chopped off.
      Most people don’t vote. I don’t have a problem with that.
      What it tells me is that things are just fine and that most people don’t have much to complain about.
      Otherwise they would be scrambling to bring about change.

      DirtDevil67 on

      Yes gas prices are high, makes me glad I don’t drive, but in Southern California and some parts of EU, they’re significantly more expensive than here in Canada. And I take you’re in Ontario, high taxes everywhere you turn, BC is almost as bad but living in Albert is the best thing since sliced bread.

      Again with the dull and boring statement, what DO you want? You’re the same Mike as the other Mike.

      James on

      Dunno why people respond to idiot trolls. Bought a business in Canada? The way this guy writes, he couldn’t organize a drunk at a brewery. Don’t feed the trolls people.

      John on

      Mike wait till you get back to england, where you may make more money but have to spend twice as much of it on the price of living. You think England is cheaper than Canada. lol!

      NewsfromWashington on

      Mike, if you’re a city slick no point in living in the woods or countryside mate. I can tell you, you are in for one big shock when you return and making two mistakes won’t make it right. I might add they missed out another 777 reasons for living in Canada and being among Canadians is one of them. You will find looking for an English person in the UK quite a problem when you get back so you had better learn Polish or some other eastern European language.

      Enable smiths on

      I agree with Mike. I too moved from London, UK to Canada and agree with every single point he has made about this country. On top of I hate paying big bucks on the ripoff mobile phones, arrogant carriers and poor service. The customer service everywhere is appalling, the fake Have a good day! can’t stand it. The monopoly Air Canada has is beyond me, once again the prices are high and when you call then they usually answer your call after an hour??
      Here in Canada they charge you for having a bank account?? One gives them one’s money and they charge one for the privilege??
      There is nowhere to complained, when you do they laugh in your face or don’t bother to answer the complaint.

      The food industry is a shamble, dirty, over priced, no clear labelling, no proper checks, they use ingredients that were forbidden in Europe&UK years ago. Whilst I lived in the UK I never ever found a hair in my food. I came to Canada in 2012 and experienced the hair in my food on so many occasions, in the expensive restaurants. The restaurants overall are dirty, dated and expensive. I went for a job interview in one of the well know bakery in Toronto, the position was for a Quality Assurance Manager. The things I saw in this place i.e. Cleanliness, pest control, the way how people behaves around the food, the structure of the factory are substandard. The smell of the place is revolting. If I was a food inspector just by looking at the parking place I would shut the place down. But hey the owner is a well known politician so it is still open.

      Unfortunately I can’t go back to the UK because I’m married to a Canadian. I thought I was coming to a developed country but above points indicate the standard of the Third World Country without mentioning the public transport, the state of the highways, the way how people drive here like farmers, the non existing architectural design of Toronto etc.

      Francois on

      Yep! I`m sure the British gets along wonderfully with their minorities…London, and Britain as a whole…. is a multicultural heaven!! LOL!!

      Suz (Brit expat) on

      Yes Francois, we can say that. At least in London, UK where you will find every multicultural food in the world not to mention every language, can’t say you can here (yet) though Toronto is not far off.

      And take note, unlike here in Canada they can’t just sack you from your job, so you want to be grateful to know that your job is more secure in the England than here where they can sack you the same day you go to work and not give a damn.

    John Saynor on

    Mike, if I could afford it, I would buy your house AND buy your ticket back to the UK. Your comments about Canada sound like the rantings of a mad man. The sooner you leave, the better

      Glen Cayer on

      Yeah, then you pay MY ticket outta here too, spent 20 years trying to keep my kids away from drug and gang infested cities, been to both coasts, seen nothing but horrendous littered streets OH _ WE CANADIANS that are so proud of our land didn’t teach our kids not to litter, I have seen all the cities, lived in all of them from BC to Nova Scotia, including Montreal (bad place if you are not french speaking) and all. YOU have no idea hwta you say, YOU have not lived in the streets, seen the people i have met, walked the walk or talked the homelessness..in this great big beautiful LUSH WELCOMING Canada…naaaah…Canada is very bad place to get stuck in, there is NO escape. Everything is cordoned off…you can not even pee on the side of a hiway without getting a fine much the less take some food out of a river to feed your family..JUST LIKE THAT MIKE. Get an education.

      May West on

      Hey Glen, speaking of lands undiscovered have you ever heard of a place called New-found-land and Labrador. It is an amazing part of Canada where people have hunted and fished and lived of the land for hundreds of years. As far as natural beauty is concerned, it is second to none other than B.C. While they do tend to get a lot of snow, the winters are mild and the summers are incredible – very warm, but not too hot and none of the humidity crap you get in central Canada. Being on the East Coast they do get some wicked storms but provided no one gets hurt they make for great stories and are sure to create lots of great memories. People really pull together when they need to. There is no natural gas there and homes are heated mostly by electricity (clean energy). While you do not need one, pretty much everyone has a wood stove. It makes the place extra cozy and it’s also tradition. The people are so friendly but to really fit in there you would need to have a good heart and a decent sense of humour. Unemployment rate is still high but I have never had a problem finding a job there even in the worst of times. Like you, I have lived all across the Country and now reside in Western Canada. I love it here as well but I will definitely be heading back to the Rock at some point in time. The place is very rich in resources but unfortunately due mostly to political interference at the federal level the economy has struggled immensely, but things are changing and for the past number of years it has been growing like a weed. An entrepreneurial person such as yourself would thrive in this environment, I would think.

      Gab on

      John it is the same ‘love it or leave it’ attitude Mike referred to. Can we Canadians stop for once to look at us from a different perspective and accept differing opinions about our country?. There is always room for improvement and we need to acknowledge that.

      Chris on

      Maybe we could all pitch in and find Mike a nice remote island somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Islands. I wonder if Mike has heard of Pitcairn Island?

      John on

      @ Glen. So you want to pee on the highway but complain that it’s got litter. And you complain you met some shady people on the streets and that drugs were everywhere. News flash. Drugs are in every country. Their are shysters in every town. Your job as a dad is not to shield your kids from it but to navigate them through issues that will not change from any location you live in. The most fundamentalist countries are often the most backward. We have it good here. Real good. I’ve seen plenty of other countries and I always come home and thank my parents for moving our family here. Those who are homeless would fair much worse anywhere else in the world. In fact, with their work ethic they would probably be in jail or dead anywhere else in the world.

    SSK on

    I agree with you. It can be very boring over here sometimes. The place is cold but beautiful. The intellectual capital of this country is very low.

    richy on

    My family moved here 30 years ago last August. I have lived in Arizona, California, Florida and Montreal for extended periods of time. I’ve travelled to 36 US states for a week at a time over the years and have not had the pleasure of visiting the west coast of Canada yet. That being said, there is good and bad everywhere. Life is what you make of it. Those that say it’s dull and boring should google things to do, there is honestly hundreds of activities everywhere. Anytime i travel, as most do, i make a list. In Montreal you can find ample options for dining, fantastic food from all over the world, museums aplenty, bike ride along the St-Lawrence, hiking on Mt. Royal, biodome, comedy shows, there’s always some show somewhere whether it’s club soda or metropolis or the bigger venues, in the summer there’s the nuits d’afrique, the just for laughs festival, the Food fest, F1 rolls into town and Crescent street always has something happening, heck you can even drive your car on the Gilles Villeneuve F1 track for fun as it’s open to public when not used for racing. Ottawa is nearby and a lot of fun as well. The history in Quebec city is a treat to see, also not far. You can enjoy the outdoors every week at a different park without ever going to the same one, there’s tons within range. My living in Arizona and Florida was dull in comparison to the things I’ve done in Montreal. If you love shopping you can shop for days and check out the kilometers over kilometers of underground city shopping. California was fantastic weather wise but the interminable traffic got old really fast, lose so much of the day idling around.

    I find it hard to believe that people would run out of things to do unless they live in a small town and that applies to anywhere in the world. When I lived in the south of Chile there was little to do other than outdoor activities but a quick hop to the capital of Santiago and i didn’t have enough time in a week to see all i wanted to see. Most Canadian cities offer a ton of options, I’ve never been bored or found it dull. My only complaint is the long winter but even that can be dealt with by partaking in winter activities from time to time.

    Anne Graham on

    Mike D, boring, dull, cold, (If you spot it, you Got it). Bet your friendly Canadian friends will be sooo sad to see you go!!

    Go finds on

    All of us came to canada with high hopes or for survival. Some have done well while some are making to survive – yet we all complain about life here being less than back to our home countries. Working as a credit counsellor, I have seen thousands of people in real bad situations and many who try to make money misusing the system. There is a room for improving life – money may be one of the causes but family system is also a major factor.

    Martin on

    Buddy, you need to get out more….

      Dawn on

      I don’t know how people can really like living in Canada, if they already experienced living in cultural environments. Maybe they just don’t pay attention to what surrounds them because they stay at home because of snow all the time? Otherwise, they would see that people in Canada are the nastiest and there is nothing really cultural in the country it all. Everyone a little bit more talented run to the States.

    Stan Squires on

    I am from Vancouver,Canada and i wanted to say that the majority of people here don’t like the living conditions here. Affordable Housing is very hard to get an all the major cities in canada. Working conditions are very bad in factories especially ones without unions. Wages are low for most workers. Some workers have to take two jobs to make ends meet. There are many people living on the streets. Recently there have been cut-backs in many services which affect the poorest of the people. With regard to immigrants here the situation is deplorable. Recently construction workers from Ireland were hired to come to Canada to work here. It is not that there is a shortage of workers here. Unemployment is high. A lot of workers that come here are paid less than the workers here and they could be laid of at any time. Canada is no paradise for the workers here or for workers from other countries. I like to see workers come here from other countries, i am just telling them what to expect when they come here. All this talk about a good life here is just not true.

      mjh49783 on

      Yikes! Why would you want to live in Vancouver?!? Not that I’m trying to knock that city or anything, but it’s the most expensive major city in the whole country!

      Northern Ontario is much more agreeable to me from a financial standpoint, but you have to love snow. ;^)

    Suz on

    I disagree with Mike, from the UK originally too, and life here is anything but boring, it’s never boring, I’m a lover of the outdoors and it’s great for all that, and the swimming pools are fantastic to

      Suz on

      ‘too’ that should be

    Derek on

    Hi Mike, I arrived over here from Ireland in April to work and i am living in a remote location. It is quiet and laid back but it is not boring. I have an open mind and a willingness to try new things. I have driven on an ice road, sat in my car taking pictures of the bears beside me on the road, dodged the deers and moose, fished on the lakes, starred at the fantastic northern lights and i am looking forward to trying out skidooing, ice fishing and sking, and all in 8 months. At home we dont get snow or -40 and im loving experiencing the life that Canada can provide and i look forward to my family coming over and experiencing it all with me in the near future.

    John Bisscheroux on

    I came here in 1957 and never looked back with a desire to change………….some of us seem to forget that the grass next door always looks greener than our own ! Canadians, of all stripes, should count their blessings !

    teknicol on

    Responding to ‘Canadianbudgetbinder’, wow there’s a mouthful of codswallop which led me to a womans site? Strange the post refers to him being a husband? Such womanly optimism is indeed one of the wonders of the world satisfying all the scientific reasoning of a poodle wearing a pink ribbon! ‘Can’t imagine being anywhere else’, eh? WOW, that’s gonna solve all our issues. What a wonderful list of sound factual reasoning can only have come from the mouth of a woman smelling of something delightful, so why do I keep checking her post to find the gender? You seem to have ‘Embraced’ something quite intangible my dear and we are all so humbly grateful for your condescending rubbish!!! You’re as bright and cheerful as a butterfly in a sandstorm…..

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