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Need a job? Come to Canada

Submitted by on July 19, 2010 – 10:35 am3 Comments

Canada has been get­ting a lot of love from the U.S. media late­ly. As the U.S. econ­o­my con­tin­ues to floun­der, the American press is say­ing, “Go North!”

Stubbornly high unem­ploy­ment rates got you down? Not sold on the eco­nom­ic recov­ery? Look no fur­ther than America’s polite neigh­bor to the north, where jobs num­bers are surg­ing and home prices have been ris­ing steadi­ly for near­ly a year.

That’s what the Huffington Post wrote recent­ly in Need A Job? Try Canada, Where Hiring Is Booming And Home Prices Are Rising.

The Huff Post arti­cle also not­ed that “last month, Canada, a nation with rough­ly one tenth of our pop­u­la­tion, cre­at­ed about 10,000 more new jobs than America.”

Similarly, in “Canada’s econ­o­my can teach the U.S. a thing or two,” the Los Angeles Times con­tends that  “…on health­care, as well as on such crit­i­cal issues as the deficit, unem­ploy­ment, immi­gra­tion and pros­per­ing in the glob­al econ­o­my, Canada seems to be out­per­form­ing the United States. And in doing so, it is offer­ing exam­ples of suc­cess­ful strate­gies that Americans might consider.”

The LA Times arti­cle goes on to sug­gest that

…as Americans con­tin­ue their gru­el­ing bat­tle over immi­gra­tion, Canadians have unit­ed behind a pol­i­cy that empha­sizes open­ing the door to tens of thou­sands of skilled pro­fes­sion­als, entre­pre­neurs and oth­er pro­duc­tive work­ers who have played an impor­tant role in strength­en­ing the Canadian economy.

So per­haps it’s not sur­pris­ing that old­er, well-edu­cat­ed immi­grants are increas­ing choos­ing to come to Canada, rather than the U.S.

In fact, a recent Ipsos Reid/Historica-Dominion Institute poll, which sur­veyed near­ly 18,000 peo­ple in 24 coun­tries, found that “a major­i­ty (53%)…say they’d live in Canada if they had an oppor­tu­ni­ty to move.”

And that same poll report­ed that almost one-third (30%) of Americans would choose to relo­cate to Canada, if they could.

Among the fac­tors that sur­vey respon­dents cit­ed about the ben­e­fits of life in Canada include:

  • Nearly 80 per­cent agreed that Canadians enjoy one of the best qual­i­ties of life any­where in the world.
  • Most respon­dents (72%) believe that Canada is wel­com­ing to immigrants.
  • Eight in ten respon­dents describe Canada as being tol­er­ant of peo­ple from dif­fer­ent racial and cul­tur­al backgrounds.

What do you think? Have you relo­cat­ed to Canada for work? Are you think­ing about mov­ing to Canada for eco­nom­ic rea­sons? Leave a com­ment and let us know.

Canadian fans pho­to ©Carolyn B. Heller


  • roberta says:

    I am a 28 year old girl from Italy with a Master Degree in Translation (from Italian to English and vicev­er­sa) and I would like to move to Canada (Vancouver or Calgary)looking for a job in Translation field.
    I don’t know how to look for a job. Can any­body help me?

  • Carolyn B. Heller says:

    Hi, Allan,
    If you do want to look for library career oppor­tu­ni­ties in Canada, check out the Canadian Library Association site (www​.cla​.ca), espe­cial­ly the Job Search page and the page about rec­og­niz­ing Foreign Credentials. 

    Another immi­gra­tion option you might want to inves­ti­gate is the “provin­cial nom­i­nee” pro­gram avail­able in most provinces. If you qual­i­fy as a “skilled work­er,” it can be a faster route to per­ma­nent res­i­dence than the stan­dard fed­er­al per­ma­nent res­i­dence appli­ca­tion process. If you’re inter­est­ed in Nova Scotia, you can read about their provin­cial nom­i­nee pro­gram here: http://​www​.novas​co​ti​aim​mi​gra​tion​.com/​n​o​v​a​-​s​c​o​t​i​a​-​n​o​m​i​n​e​e​-​p​r​o​g​ram

    For more about Nova Scotia, you might want to check out our post, “Nova Scotia Jobs and Where to Find Them”: http://​www​.livingabroad​in​cana​da​.com/​2​0​1​0​/​0​3​/​3​0​/​n​o​v​a​-​s​c​o​t​i​a​-​j​o​b​s​-​a​n​d​-​w​h​e​r​e​-​t​o​-​f​i​n​d​-​t​h​em/

    Your idea about buy­ing a vaca­tion home — or just com­ing to Canada for six months — is anoth­er rea­son­able approach. If you’re an American cit­i­zen, you can come to Canada as a vis­i­tor for up to six months a year. That way, you can decide if you like it before mak­ing a more per­ma­nent com­mit­ment. It would also be eas­i­er to make local con­tacts and net­work for job pos­si­bil­i­ties if you’re phys­i­cal­ly locat­ed in the area where you’d like to live.

    Good luck and let us know how you’re doing!

  • Allan In Da Bronx says:

    Yes, I am think­ing about it quite seri­ous­ly. But so far the Immigration Canada web­site gives me the strong feel­ing that I don’t qual­i­fy: My cur­rent pro­fes­sion isn’t in a “hot” skill (I was a librarian/​archivist; I lost my job in the bad econ­o­my…), and I have absolute­ly no ties to Canada otherwise.

    I’ve also trav­elled to and lived in Europe, so I’m also apply­ing to go there.

    Meanwhile, Canada has always been in the back of my mind for about a decade, but I had a nice job here in New York City for most of this time. But now I would real­ly like to come to Nova Scotia (putting me at least an hour clos­er to Europe!); I’m con­sid­er­ing com­ing through the back door, as it were, by buy­ing a vaca­tion home so that I can stay for at least six months to fig­ure out what to do. I thought that I should go back to school in NS and learn some­thing com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent alto­geth­er in a high­er demand field (like culi­nary arts…)

    I’d be grate­ful for any suggestions!