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Pros and Cons of Living in Canada

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats and digital nomads have to say about the pros and cons of living in Canada.

What are the pros and cons of living in Canada?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Canada responded:

"Needs a complete facelift, typical ex farming town which has 60% seniors and no transportation (rail or bus service ) to hospitals over 100 km away or big stores. Such a shame that a beautiful town with so much for recreation, walking trails, hiking , skiing, etc. To many empty stores and houses. Desperately needs investment , plus youngsters need to know what it's like to visit a cinema or go to ice cream, soda parlor. Absolutely nothing for youngsters. In fact nothing here at all except land !," said another in Crystal City.

"I have lived in Europe, South America and Asia. Have retired to Canada. I would recommend that any expat on assignment take advantage of opportunity to get permanent residency, rather than rely on a work visa. The options this allows can be life altering," explained one expat in Salt Spring Island.

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What do expats in Canada appreciate most about the local culture?

"Did like the way they arrange small gatherings which allows one to really get to know each other, esp. in church groups, ladies circle groups, and neighborhood gatherings. Also, strangers often talk about local places and events with others," said another expat in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

"Opportunities to have a more global perspective, to improve English, to serve the community on a higher scale than before," remarked another in Toronto.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"The inability to save here. I used to think a lot of Canadians were cheap and didn't like to tip, etc. However, I realize now that they are not able to save much at all because of high prices, esp. for real estate and automobiles and any food associated with " luxury"," said another expat in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

"There is a big cultural difference between China and Canada. Inititally I found hard to be fully aware of the difference, then it came the challenges to express it accurately. During the time, I did not have social network and had a hard time to build one. The situation put a lot of stress on my work and life," added another person living in Toronto.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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