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Reasons Why Immigrants are Choosing Canada over the U.S.?

Economic opportunities are the most important motivating factors for immigrants to move to another country. Even though Canada and the United States have good job prospects, many choose Canada over the United States. Here’s why Canada is attracting more immigrants. 

Job Market 

The United States currently ranks higher than most other countries in terms of global GDP. However, even if this may seem appealing to newcomers, this revenue is not equally shared by citizens and foreigners employed in the economy. Because the United States has shifted its approach to providing more employment opportunities to its residents.

Meanwhile, Canada welcomes variety and multiculturalism in the workplace. The country’s 13 provinces and territories are experiencing severe labour market shortages, creating opportunities for numerous people to immigrate and fill these positions. 

Work Culture 

Canadian workers with less than five years in a company are entitled to two weeks of paid vacation each year. After completing the fifth year, their vacation shoots up to three weeks a year. On the contrary, the U.S. does not require companies to offer paid vacation.

However, many companies may provide employees with two weeks, but most use only half of it. In addition, growing anti-immigrant sentiments make it more difficult for temporary work permit holders to assimilate. 

Medical Care

The healthcare expense in the United States is the highest in the world, and most residents and citizens need to pay out of pocket. On the other hand, public healthcare in Canada is free and even includes some non-essential procedures. Further, the two countries have quite different policies on maternity leave.

While employees in the U.S. are only entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, Canada offers up to 18 months of paid paternity and maternity leave. Hence, many individuals are contrasting the costs of raising kids in Canada and the United States.


Canada offers numerous affordable education options as opposed to the United States. For example, in Canada, students can work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week and manage their expenses. However, the U.S. study visa does not allow students to work off-campus. While students are permitted to work on campus, most jobs are reserved for local students. 

In addition, Canada offers numerous work-integrated learning programs such as internships and co-ops. As a result, students can graduate with experience in their field and have better job prospects after graduation. 

In comparison, internship options for international students in the United States are limited. Furthermore, to be able to take an internship, it must be a degree requirement, and most are unpaid.