Thriving cities, great lakes, sandy beaches, towering mountain ranges and verdant plains… it’s fair to say that inside the 9,984,670 km2 that make up Canada you will find every type of landscape setting that you could possibly wish for. With this vast array of environments to choose from, almost every migrant, no matter what their preference or temperament, will find a place they’d like to call ‘home’ in Canada.
- Outdoors lifestyle
While Canada’s climate – especially the notoriously cold winters outside of British Columbia – may not make spending time outdoors the most inviting of year-round prospects, the sheer beauty of the country ensures that, no matter what the weather, Canadians like to be outside. A vast array of leisure activities can be enjoyed throughout the year, and winter sport enthusiasts certainly won’t complain when the snow comes, with ski resorts aplenty to explore and enjoy.
Fed up of wasting your life in the traffic jams that regularly clog roads in UK towns and cities of all shapes and sizes? Then Canada is sure to appeal. Whereas roughly 255 people live in per square kilometre of the UK, in Canada the population density ratio is just 3.4 people per km2. Space in Canada – particularly outside of the big cities – is simply in abundance, and for those who settle away from the country’s largest cities those frustrating hours spent bumper to bumper during the daily commute could become a thing of the past.
- Happy people
Canada is officially one of the happiest countries in the world. According to the latest United Nations’ World Happiness Report (released in March 2015), Canada was the highest placed non-European country on the list, ranking in 5th place overall. Canadians themselves are generally well known for their friendliness and willingness to help others, and new immigrants often wax lyrical about the warm welcomes they receive from their new Canadian neighbours.
- High quality of life
In 2014, Canada was named the fifth best county in the world in which to live by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The study, which ranks the 36 OECD countries on a number of factors, revealed that Canadians are more satisfied with their lives than the OECD average. When asked to rate their general satisfaction with life on a scale from 0 to 10, Canadians gave it a 7.3 grade, higher than the OECD average of 6.6. In terms of health, life expectancy at birth in Canada is 82 years, two year higher than the OECD average of 80 years, while 92 per cent of people believe that they know someone they could rely on in time of need, higher than the OECD average of 88 per cent.