Canadians will break out maple leaf flags for Canada Day on Sunday 1st July, while Americans will raise the famous stars and stripes for Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday 4th July.
Occupying 79% of North America, the two countries have a lot to offer expats looking to get in on the patriotic action. We take a look at the benefits of moving to the continent.
More space to call home
As the 2nd and 3rd largest countries in the world, Canada and the US are not short of space. Residents of these two giants are also treated to any kind of terrain you could possibly want to call home. If you’re looking for a buzzing city, New York is the 10th most populated city in the world, however both countries have a lot to offer in the way of peace and quiet. Manitoba has expansive prairie land and two large lakes. In 2016, the province was offering land for minimal prices in an attempt to increase the number of settlers in the region.
Emigrate for multiculturalism
Canada and America are renowned melting pots of different cultures, as a result of mass migration in the late 19th and early 20th century. People have gathered on the continent from all over the world, and immigration levels are still high despite government clampdowns in more recent times. There are requirements that need to be met in order to be eligible for emigrating to one of these countries, with each having their own immigration systems.
For more information on how to emigrate to Canada or how to move to USA, read our in-depth guides.
Benefit from all the seasons in North America
The UK struggles to have clear set seasons; the summer is often fraught with rain, and winter is much the same. Between Canada and the US, you can access whatever temperature and weather you desire. Nevada holds the world record for the hottest temperature ever recorded and Snag in Canada experiences some of the coldest.
If experiencing all 4 seasons is what you seek, Winnipeg in Canada has colourful foliage in the autumn, snow in the winter and temperatures averaging 26°C in July.
Experience the patriotism
Nothing says all-American patriotism like the Independence Day celebrations across the States. This national holiday often features parades, parties, family reunions and fireworks all over the country. Canada Day is much the same in that respect, as Canadians get the day off from work and celebrate with concerts, games and fireworks.
Moving to one of these North America countries also affords you the benefit of Thanksgiving: a celebration of a successful harvest that involves meeting with family and eating a whole world of delicious food.
Paying for your North American dream
If you've decided to move to North America, it's likely you will need to make international payments to set up your home across the pond. moneycorp can help you make the most of your foreign currency when buying a property in the USA or Canada.
If you need to transfer savings abroad or make overseas pension payments to fund your new life, our range of FX tools allows you to set up regular international payments and even fix an exchange rate. We'll also provide you with your own account manager who can help guide you through the volatile FX markets, as well as offer you competitive rates and low transfer fees.