What Do Canadians Think Of Immigrants From The US

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As the election approaches, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump remain increasingly unpopular candidates. Now, more than ever, Canada is looking a lot more attractive and you are heavily considering moving north. If you are seriously considering the move, there are a few things you should know about Canada, its culture, its people, and the overall lifestyle changes that you can expect when you make the switch.

How Many Americans Live in Canada?

There are a lot of Americans living in Canada. While it is difficult to peg the modern number, Statistics Canada data from 2006 revealed that the number was somewhere around 316,350, while a Globe and Mail article from 2012 put it as high as “one million.”

Facebook data states that there are 480,000 Facebook users “From” The United States currently living in Canada

What does this mean for Americans living in Canada? Using the 1 million number, Americans account for 2.7 percent of the Canadian population. When you consider that Canadians and Americans live the same lifestyle and that we do not have a potential Clinton or Trump presidency coming up, that makes Canada a viable and attractive place to live.

What Do Most Canadians Think of Immigrants from the US?

Political differences aside, most Canadians have a favorable opinion of Americans. We might make fun of you for your extra large diet cokes, your big trucks, and everything else that spells Americana, but in reality, we enjoy those things too.

Data collected in 2015 by the Pew Research Center revealed that 81 percent of Canadians wanted Canada to remain close to the United States heading forward. On top of that, 68 percent of Canadians had a favorable view of the U.S., while only 26 percent had an unfavorable one.

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What are these opinions like when you account for politics? 84 percent of respondents from the Conservative Part of Canada – led by Stephen Harper at the time – had a positive view of the U.S., 71 percent from the Liberal Party said the same thing, and 58 percent from the social-democratic New Democratic Party. President Barack Obama, who tends to be unfavorable in the United States, scored a 76 percent confidence rating from Canadians. Lastly, like Americans, 58 percent of Canadians are most concerned with ISIS, while 45 percent are worried about climate change.

What is the Canadian Sentiment Concerning Immigration?

As we know, it’s one thing to like someone from a distance and another thing to like them when they are in your home. On average, Canadians have a favorable opinion of immigration, but data will vary based on region. Most Ontarians and British Columbians live in multicultural cities and are accustomed to immigration, whereas those living in Quebec (outside of Montreal) or in more rural areas are less welcoming.

A 2014 poll by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) analyzed immigration opinions across the country. The data collected concerned all immigration and wasn’t specific to Americans.

Listed below are some of the results:

75 percent of Canadians believe Canada is a welcoming place for all ethnicities.

65 percent of Canadians are proud of Canada’s multicultural makeup.

56 percent believe Canada is better off due to multiculturalism.

55 percent believe immigration is the key to Canada’s economic future.

47 percent of Canadians don’t distinguish between cultures.

44 percent don’t believe immigrants take jobs from Canadians.

How Diverse is Canada?

2006 data by Statistics Canada also revealed how diverse the country is. While 17 million Canadians speak English and 6.8 million French – the two national languages – 6.1 million speak “non-official” languages. Of those, 3.4 million claimed to speak a non-official language at home.

The census also demonstrated that 6.1 million Canadians in 2006 were immigrants, as compared to 24 million that were not. None of this data should be surprising considering Canada’s affinity for immigration and multiculturalism. Since 1980, Canada has been letting in nearly 1 million immigrants per decade. Americans do not have to fear the “immigrant” label when coming to Canada.

Are There any Americans Having Success in Canada?

Americans living in Canada can expect to be taxed to death. Paying taxes twice is never fun and would make Benjamin Franklin roll in his grave. None the less, there are many notable success stories of Americans succeeding in Canada.

Many Americans have not only succeeded in Canada, but become celebrities in their own right. David Miller, born in San Francisco, was the elected Mayor of Toronto between December 1, 2003 and November 30, 2010. He was succeeded by Mayor Rob Ford, who quickly became famous for smoking crack-cocaine while in office.

Hollywood director George A. Romero, famous for his innovative work on horror films, was born in the Bronx and became a Canadian citizen in 2009. Golden Globe winning actress Meg Tilly was born in Long Beach, California, but lived in British Columbia during her early life. Actor Colm Feore is another American emigrant success story who has appeared in such films like Thor, Pearl Harbor, and the Sum of all Fears. He was born in Boston but currently lives in Stratford.

One of the reasons why film stars love Canada is the booming movie production industry that occurs there. Many movies and television shows are filmed in Vancouver, Toronto, and other areas in the Great White North. You may know some of them, like Twilight, Titanic and Mean Girls.

What is the Average Wage in Canada?

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While culture is great, it doesn’t pay the bills. Americans in Canada with the right skills can expect to make a decent average living that isn’t much different than what they make in the United States. Currency conversion aside – as wages in Canada are slightly inflated to compensate for the difference – Americans living in Canada will not notice a significant difference in the way they work and how much they make in the process.

Listed below are the average yearly incomes per person per province in 2015 provided by Workopolis:

Newfoundland and Labrador – $52,572 (Candian Dollar) 

New Brunswick – $44,044

Nova Scotia – $42,992

Prince Edward Island – $41,184

Quebec – $44,621

Ontario – $49,088

Manitoba – $45,760

Saskatchewan -$51,792

Alberta – $60,476

British Columbia – $46,900

Additional census data collected by the Canadian government pegged the average median household income at $76,500 in 2013, as compared to $53,657 in the United States. If you convert the currency at the current rate, $76,500 CAD translates into $58,991 USD, showing a minor net gain over the American averages.

Depending on your skillset, you can make a living in any province. You may have also noticed that Alberta has the highest salary, this is largely due to the growth of the oil industry and its future is highly unpredictable. For the average individual, the two safest provinces to move to are Ontario and British Columbia. They offer the widest range of jobs, boast the biggest cities, have the best infrastructure, and are heavily populated by immigrants from all across the world.

Culturally Speaking, the United States and Canada are Very Similar

Culturally, Canada is not far behind America, if at all. Since both nations descended from the British Empire, they share a common history and bond, which has remained strong for hundreds of years. Culture is often shared back and forth between the two great nations. Famous Canadians like Ryan Reynolds, Jim Carrey, and Lorne Michaels have left an incredible impact on American popular culture. Mary Pickford, arguably the first American movie star of talking pictures was Canadian and born in Toronto, Ontario.

Canadians love Hollywood movies, American music like rap and hip hop, and American cuisine. They have even tried to introduce a few in America, like poutine (greasy cheesy fries but French), although not as successfully.


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