Who moves there?
Canada has a long history of attracting immigrants, and as a result is a thriving multicultural
society. The largest proportion - 2.3 million - are from Europe. Asia is the next biggest
contributor with just under 2 million.The number of people immigrating to Canada from the UK has
been falling steadily over the years - from 160,000 in the 1960s down to just 42,500 in the 1990s.
On the other hand, the number of immigrants from Asia has been steadily rising, and in the 1990s
accounted for more than half of total immigrants.
People come to Canada in one of three ways - as economic immigrants, family immigrants or refugees.
Most are of working age, and a high proportion have university degrees. Immigrants have tended to
settle in large urban areas.Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal account for 73 per cent of new
arrivals.The location of family and friends is an important factor. However, job prospects infl
uence just under 20 per cent of immigrants, with lifestyle, education prospects and housing prices
holding very little sway.
The largest number of jobs are in the services sector, followed by the goods producing sector. The
largest number of foreign workers in Canada are employed in health and retail, with just over 24 per
cent each, and three million of the 5.5 million settle and work in Ontario.
Why move there?
It has been said that Canada represents the best of the USA and the UK, bringing together vast areas
of outstanding natural beauty and varying terrain and climate with a stable political framework,
health and education systems. Nature-lovers will love the prairie lands and the mountains, the ocean
and the lakes.There is a huge range of outdoor activities to pursue, including skiing, hiking,
kayaking and even dogsledding. But Canada is not just about the great outdoors. From historic sites
to performing arts, there is plenty to keep culture vultures busy.
The slower pace of life makes Canada an ideal place to which to retire, with an excellent public
health system and low crime rates to boot.The tax position is also favourable, because assets
outside Canada can remain tax-free for the fi rst fi ve years, and there is no death or inheritance
tax. Although Canada has the most educated workforce in the world, many of its own workers are
emigrating to the USA, leaving countless opportunities for young professionals to fi ll the gap.
With an ageing workforce and a skills shortage among Canadians there is likely to be a continued
demand for foreign workers.With unemployment rates at 7 per cent and GDP 0.2 per cent, Canada is in
a healthy economic state and predictions are for growth to continue.
For more information on jobs in Canada, please visit our website: www.workingcanada.co.uk