Pursuing the Canadian dream:Canadian Economy
You might be wondering if Canada has put Immigration on hold due to the current world economic climate. In terms of immigration, things are certainly not grinding to a halt and the Canadian Government does not even see a recession hitting them as such, unlike many other Countries in Europe or the United States of America. I emigrated from the Dominican Republic to Canada and have been watching events unfold on the Business TV Channels here. I lived and work in US many years. New York and European Stock Exchanges have seen share values tumble and rally and also the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) has taken hits. But Business is expected to remain reasonably buoyant over the coming months, and Canada’s Banking and Financial sectors are considered to be highly resilient compared to those of most other Countries in the World.
In terms of employment and the Jobs market, Canada still experiences skills shortages in many occupations, from Medical care to Truck Driving, Construction work to Lab Technicians. Add to this the fact that people from the ‘Baby Boom’ generation are beginning to retire in increasing numbers and you have double pressure on the skills shortages problem. The pressure is even greater in job sectors referred to as ‘Occupations under threat’, so there are solid opportunities for individuals who wish to emigrate to Canada and set up in certain categories of Business or apply for jobs in a variety of Trades or Professions.
But why else would you choose to live and work in Canada over European Countries like Spain or France, or Australia, New Zealand or even South Africa? If you are someone that wishes to escape the ‘Brussels straight jacket’ and also experience marvelous Seasonal weather and not be too far from family and friends, Canada is only a few hours flight from Europe. Taxation in Canada is reasonable, we believe, and you get an awful lot of ‘Bang for your Buck’. Our Council tax is $1,000 per year (about £500) and also includes water supply and waste water disposal. Gasoline is currently about $1.30 (65 pence) per litre and energy/grocery costs have risen only slightly this year. Unlike the Country we moved from, we don’t feel intruded upon by ‘thought control’ Police and ‘Political Correctness’, there are very few CCTV cameras and our trash can (dust bin), is not micro-chipped.
How and where do you start the process of Emigrating to Canada? We handled the process ourselves, arranging everything including the acquisition of Visas and Work Permits and the like, to buying a house, having our household effects shipped out to obtaining Provincial Health Insurance and National Insurance cards. We did use a representative like an Immigration lawyer or Emigration Consultant but found out that they have no special powers to speed up your application process. You can fill in all the forms yourself and save thousands of dollars. We actually found a way of getting Government backing for our application that has expedited the process officially.
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