Canadians will breakout the maple leaf flags for Canada Day on Sunday 1st July and Americans will raise the stars and stripes on a Wednesday this year for July 4th Independence Day celebrations.
Occupying 79% of North America, the two countries have a lot to offer ex-pats looking to get in on the patriotic action. We take a look at the benefits of moving to Canada or the United States.
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 of 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. But 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 practically nothing. They have space for everyone and they are practically giving it away!
Emigrate for multiculturalism
Canada and America are 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. Immigration levels are still high, despite government clamp downs in more recent times. For most people wanting to emigrate to Canada, eligibility is measured using a point system; you gain more points the more formal education you have or the more sought after your skills are.
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. Perfect!
Experience the patriotism
You can’t beat that all-American patriotism that oozes from the states during Independence Day celebrations. Independence Day is a national holiday, with parades, parties, family reunions and fireworks taking place all over the country. Canada Day is much the same. Canadians get the day off from work and celebrate with concerts, games and fireworks. Emigrating to the US or Canada 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. You can’t lose.
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