With the UK and the USA not even appearing on Mercer’s top 20 countries in the world that provide the best quality of life, expats or people looking to immigrate are starting to look further afield – and they don’t have to look far, when Vancouver, Canada comes in at number five on the list. Vancouver is Canada’s highest scoring city, but Ottawa (position 18) and Toronto (position 16) also appear in the top 20. Here are seven reasons why Vancouver tops the list:
Why people emigrate to Vancouver, Canada
- Rapid expansion
Vancouver was founded in 1860 but its strategic ties to East Asia have seen it grow at a rapid rate to become one of the world’s most rapidly expanding cities. It is one of Canada’s largest industrial centres and its traditional industries are forestry, agriculture, mining and fishing. The service sector and film industry are also flourishing, as are biotechnology and software industries. Vancouver’s port, which is one of the busiest in the world, makes it a global city of opportunity and qualified expats should easily find vacancies in their chosen field in this thriving city.
- Lush scenery
Despite Vancouver’s rapid expansion, it remains a visually beautiful city with snow-capped mountains, dense forests and the large peninsular is surrounded on three sides by water. The city also has plenty of green spaces with many urban parks and breath taking views of the North Shore Mountain Range.
- Diverse Culture
Vancouver is one of Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities, with over 52% of its population not having English as their first language. Expats moving to Canada will be exposed to a myriad of cultures including French, German, Vietnamese, Chines, Taiwanese and Indians. The impact of China is very visible with the Dragon Boat Festival and the Chinese New Year celebrated every year.
- Vibrant lifestyle
With such a mingling of cultures, it’s not surprising Canada has a vibrant lifestyle. Shopping in Vancouver is a wonderful experience where expats can find a diverse range of products catering to their every need. Quality restaurants and a plethora of dining options and cuisines are available.
- Family Friendly
Vancouver is a wonderful city for families with many recreational areas and both indoor and outdoor parks. During the winter there is plenty to do each day with many indoor educational exhibits and great museums. Activity is encouraged with a wide range of activities including ice hockey, skating, sledging and skiing.
- Quality education
Vancouver has one of the highest rated school systems in the whole of Canada. Public schools in Vancouver are free for all citizens including expats who have permanent residency or are in Canada on a one-year work visa. Public schooling is zoned according to area – so you should consider schools in your area carefully before choosing an area to live.
- Excellent healthcare
If you have permanent residency in Vancouver, you are entitled to enrol for the public health insurance known as the British Columbia Medical Service Plan (MSP). Once you have your CareCard with your Personal Health Number, you are ready to receive care at any one of the quality public healthcare institutions available. The MSP does not cover dental, eye care, ambulances or prescription medicines, so it is advised you sign up with a private health insurance plan to cover these necessities.
If you are thinking of immigrating to Canada and need any advice about your financial emigration, contact us today and we’ll help you on the path to financial freedom in your new home.
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