Canada ranks above its American neighbour in both the Expat Economics and Expat Experience league tables. The comparison is most notable in the Expat Experience league table with Canada ranking 16th while the US came in at 23rd out of 37 countries.
In terms of experience, a staggering 90% of expats in Canada identify themselves as having a strong connection with the country compared to a worldwide average of 66%. Perhaps as a result of this strong link to their new home, expats living in the country note a lower than average association to their home country - 72% compared to a global average of 80%.
This degree of affinity is most likely aided by the friendliness of the local people with whom expats are choosing to spend their time. Only one in four (24%) expats in Canada say they are spending more time with expat friends than local friends, compared with the global average of 39%. In fact, nearly six in ten (58%) of Canada-based expats say they find the local people extremely amiable compared 45% of expats who said they same in other parts of the world. To this end, expats tend to find integrating into the local community easy with 50% of expats making this claim (compared to a global average of 34%).
This level of identification may be contributing to expats staying longer in the country. Nearly eight in ten (79%) expats moved to Canada before 2000 – which is double the worldwide average (39%). This retention level is set to continue as 86% of respondents are intending to stay on in Canada compared to a global average of 62%. The extended appeal of Canada means that the country remains popular with retirees.
Just over a third (36%) of expats in Canada are retired compared to a global average of less than one in ten (9%).
Moreover, while Canada proves popular as a destination to enjoy the twilight years, many are starting their life abroad here too. For 73% of respondents in Canada, this was their first time being an expat. With Canada rating so highly for being an easy place to set up, this is hardly surprising.
Not only do expats find sourcing accommodation easier (65%) than in other countries compared to 51% on average, they also find the housing to be of a higher quality than in their original country, with 67% (compared to a global average of 53%) saying that this was the case.
In terms of Raising Children Abroad, Canada ranks 8th on the league tables. Seven in ten (71%) expat parents feel that their children have a better quality of life in Canada than they would at home compared to 54% globally, while a slightly higher than average number (39%) also found it easy to organise childcare compared to a global average of 27%.
"Canada is a culturally diverse country. Be open, accepting and tolerant of others but retain your individuality." – Expat in Canada
|Country of origin:||UK (22%);
|Occupation:||IT & Internet (11%);
Banking, Insurance, Financial Services (14%)
|Age:||18-34 (8%); 35-54 (31%); 55+ (61%)|
|Gender:||Male (54%); Female (46%)|