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Canada: The best place in the world to live

Submitted by on November 30, 2009 – 7:50 am3 Comments

were-number-1Is Canada the best place in the world for expats to live?

According to the 2009 HSBC Expat Experience Survey, it is.

Canada topped the list of best places to live, with expats there report­ing the high­est over­all increase in their qual­ity of life since arriv­ing in the country.

The sur­vey polled more than 3,000 expats around the world, assess­ing whether their over­all qual­ity of life increased or decreased dur­ing their over­seas assignment.

Canada was also num­ber 1 in “qual­ity of accom­mo­da­tion,” with 68% of expats report­ing that their homes were bet­ter in Canada than in their native country.

Canada received high scores in how easy it is for expats to make friends, to pur­sue hob­bies, and to improve the qual­ity of life with their fam­i­lies.

According to sur­vey respon­dents, the top rea­sons for liv­ing in Canada include:

  • Better environment/​quality of life for my chil­dren (39%)
  • Lifestyle (38%)
  • Career prospects (35%)
  • Less crime (13%)

Other inter­est­ing findings:

  • Canada has a high pro­por­tion of retired expats: 24% com­pared with 7% worldwide.
  • Canada’s expat com­mu­nity is older than aver­age, with 61% age 45 or over.
  • More than two-​​thirds of Canadian expats own prop­erty in the coun­try, which is dou­ble the global aver­age of 31%.
  • More than 60% of expats in Canada reported that orga­niz­ing their finances and their health care was easy.
  • Nearly 40 per­cent said that their health improved since arriv­ing in Canada.

You can down­load the full report from the HSBC Expat Experience web­site.

Photo by chaz­zvid (flickr)


  • Ruth says:

    That’s very inter­est­ing. I’ve been here 30 years. I intend to give up my U.S. cit­i­zen­ship soon due to the new inva­sive tax laws being foisted upon U.S cit­i­zens who don’t live in the U.S. I can still visit on my Canadian pass­port and I don’t ever intend to move back to the U.S. any­way. No more fil­ing on for­eign income either. It’s very much like tax­a­tion with­out rep­re­sen­ta­tion since I get no ben­e­fit from pay­ing those taxes any­way and no other coun­try taxes peo­ple who do not live there.

    With the bank­ing dis­clo­sure now, which gives infor­ma­tion about my for­eign spouse and the very dra­con­ian mea­sures recently taken I’m just done. I also don’t want my Canadian son to have to deal with the con­se­quences of the IRS at my death. Why should I have to put them through that any longer. I talked to another per­son today who is relin­quish­ing their U.S. cit­i­zen­ship over these issues. It’s sad to say but, I’m afraid I am pushed into this. I don’t take kindly to being treated like a crim­i­nal by assump­tion nor the very, very inva­sive prac­tices taken up recently by the U.S. gov­ern­ment. Far too puni­tive for me.

    • marg says:

      Wow! Thanks for men­tion­ing this. I too have American cit­i­zen­ship
      and should think about this.

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