Here are some interesting facts about Canada. I thought some of you may be interested.
What Are the Negatives About Canada?
Rules..they have a form for every little thing...and a person capable of French to fill it in and file it.
Political correctness....a big problem for South Africans who pretty much all believe in straight talk.
Soul deadening diplomacy and avoidance..though one learns to read them after a while, it remains a pain.
Unions and protection mechanisms that bedevil one....but they do not kill one another.
Exceedingly liberal views on almost all social fronts. Conservative views are under unremitting attack.
What Are the Positives About Canada?
Canada has comparatively easy immigration requirements, compared with the USA and Australia....even if it does not always appear like that.
At government level the country has a compelling desire to have more immigrants...even if it does not always look like it.
After 3 years here, one can apply for citizenship....that's very quick, even if it does not feel like it.
It is less expensive to get going here than in the UK. Sterling is very dear and life is expensive in the UK.
Canada has a strong Social Security net to catch you if you fall.
Pretty good government schools (compared with the USA and UK).
A $1,2 trillion USD G7-group* major Western economy.
One of the strongest currencies on Earth that outperformed almost all over the past 5 years
Low inflation of 2.9% so one's money does not devalue much during retirement. (compared with SA)
Low interest rates. Mortgages are around 5%. (compared with SA and most others, actually)
A huge trade surplus with the USA. They buy more from us than we from them. Great!
Easy access to the USA as a Canadian citizen (compare anywhere else)
One of the major resource countries on the planet with huge reserves (similar to SA and Oz)
The biggest source of imported oil for the USA and, it now appears, Oil Sands reserves trumping the Saudis.
Right next door to the USA with its $13 trillion economy, great market and business opportunity (compared with the rest of the planet).
Protected by the NORAD air defence blanket with the USA (compare any other place).
A founding member of NATO with a Defence Force designed to be able to integrate with the US as required.
One's kids are safe at school and on the way there. (compared with the USA and SA).
Very low crime rate...can sleep with the doors open in many places (compare with USA en SA).
A "Frontiers"-spirit, which is something South Africans understand (compared with the UK).
Big on outdoor life, just like SA.
A colossal country to "discover" at your leisure after the insane stresses of the present SA.
South Africans feel welcome here and are appreciated, despite some pains. (compare with Oz).
Canadians are truly decent people with respect for other people.( compared with the USA).
The Canadian culture is sophisticated and totally status-blind (compared with the UK).
The most highly educated nation on Earth ( highest % of tertiary qualification).
A near endless list of World class recreation and entertainment; a place continuously toured by ALL artists & musicians (compared with SA).
It is the place to be if one wants a balance between a Social Conscience and The Free Market System ( compared with SA and the USA).
The most welcome passport almost anywhere on the planet.