Destination Profile - Canada

Destination Profile - Canada

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Liveability Ranking, which scores 140 cities on five lifestyle categories, three of the top 10 livable cities in the world are in Canada.  Canada is famous for its rough nature and modern cities and you’d surely know this place too from its reputation of being one of the happiest spots in the world to live.   

Canada is among the wealthiest societies in the world and the high standard of living, low unemployment rates and a growing economy make it a solid place for a fresh start. And with about 20% of the population being born abroad, you’ll have no trouble blending in.

‘A great place to invest’ according to the Prime Minister and with a focus on moving forward, Canada invites immigrants to take the ‘Canadian Opportunity’. A move that could not just benefit your own career because with a great reputation when it comes to education, living in Canada also contributes to your children’s future.

With costs of living being 9,3% lower than its US neighbors, high purchasing power and the standard income above the OECD average a Canadian life looks prosperous. Not to mention other great benefits of living in this Northern region such as a healthy, spacious living environment and stunning landscapes that offer boundless outdoor lifestyle opportunities.


  • About 20% of the population speaks French as their first language. The remaining part speaks English.
  • Ottawa is Canada’s capital city but Toronto is the largest, followed by Montreal and Vancouver.
  • Canada has over 2 million lakes and its population density is among the lowest in the world.

  • Expect cold and white winters, but don’t be afraid you’ll have to say goodbye to summer forever. In the coastal regions the average summer temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees and land inwards temperatures can rise beyond 30 degrees Celsius.
  • On July 1st people celebrate ‘Canada Day’ with parades in larger cities and special events throughout the country.
  • Typical Canadian food includes poutine, French fries with gravy and cheese, maple syrup, bacon and beaver tails, which is a pastry that can be topped with literally anything.
  • Life expectancy in Canada is 81 years old.

To view statistical info on Canada and compare it to other countries, see our Explore page.

Moving to Canada.

The number of people moving to Canada is on the rise and with the processing time of permanent residence programs decreasing and a liberal government supporting immigrants, the future looks bright for those seeking to move to this promising country.

Obtaining a visa might not be a piece of cake but Canada wants to help families to be together and a family visa would allow your spouse and children to move with you right away.

Why not see if you can live in Canada or where else in the world you can live at

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