Relocating to Canada for Work: Factors to Consider
By Angela Sanders Friday, February 07, 2014, 04:38 AM EST
When we think about relocating the North America to find opportunities in the job market, visions of Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago all pop into our heads. Living the American Dream is a goal for many of us and we often limit ourselves to the US. Canada is often seen as the overlooked step-sibling of the US, but the citizens, culture, and country have a lot to offer.
Energy Resources and Jobs
While Canada is facing the same economic problems, sluggish economy, and drastic job losses that the rest of the world is facing, there is still a lot of opportunity in the IT and natural resource fields. While it might be safe to assume that the Middle East is the largest exporter of oil to America, the fact is that Canada supplies the superpower with most of their petroleum products. The demand for this product doesn't look like it will be dwindling anytime soon, and there will always be a need for engineers in the field.
Climate and Jobs
If you are worried about the cold climate that is often associated with the country, you should look into staying in a city closer to the coast. Vancouver has a more temperate climate than places like Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa. It is also home to one of the largest video game developers in the world, EA, who are venturing beyond console gaming and developing tablet devices. If you are looking to land your dream job in programming, IT, or design, sticking around in Vancouver is a smart thing to do.
Another more temperate climate is Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and the eastern coast of Canada. While there are not as many technical job opportunities in this part of the country, it is an excellent place to retire or start a career, as it utilizes some of the vast natural resources available in Canada. With the maritime atmosphere, many people take to the sea in order to make a living through lobster catching or fishing.
Relocation and Benefits
If you are moving your whole company to a new location in Canada, you have to think about more than just yourself. You've got employees to think about, which means getting temporary housing services. A business move can be overwhelming but there are international moving companies with specialized experience in helping to streamline the process.
By moving to Canada and obtaining a work visa or citizenship, you are entitled to some benefits that the US can not provide. The medical system is far more socialized than in the US, which gives you access to cheaper healthcare and more affordable prescription medications. There are also lower crime rates and less air pollution in Canada.
Do not overlook Canada as a great place to start your career or rebrand your business. All of the media hype, culture, and peer pressure lies within the American Dream, but the Canadian Dream is just as good, if not better. If anything, you can walk outside and breathe easier when in Canada.