where does the most European immigrants live in Canada, and why?
which province is the best to live in, if you look for joboffers, recreation, healthcare, school and security?
In terms of job offers, probably Ontario, Alberta or British Columbia. HOwever, if you have professional qualifications, especially medical, there are openings in all provinces and territories. Many provinces also have shortages in information technology and engineering.
For recreation, it depends upon what you like. If you like deep sea fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, whale and iceberg watching, etc. Choose Atlantic Canada. You will also find opportunities for various other pursuits and sports in Atlantic Canada. Really, most things are available in most provinces unless you choose a very rural area.
Canada’s healthcare system is excellent and is government funded. Things not covered include prescription medication, glasses, dental, and private or semi-private rooms in a hospital. Pretty much all other services are covered. Ambulance service carries a token charge – in my province top charge is $75, no matter how long the ride or type of service required. Surprisingly enough often the best healthcare is in the smallest provinces – Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. It is much more personal, equipment is often state of the art, and waiting lists are shorter. HOwever, provinces with larger populations may sometimes have more services. I would still opt for health care in Newfoundland over Ontario.
Again the smaller provinces win in many ways in terms of school systems for kids – larger is often not better. Services for children with special needs are best in Newfoundland, particularly for kids with autism, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and developmental delays. Even the smallest provinces have at least one university. University in Canada costs much less than in the US, but is not free.
Overall Canada is very safe if that is what you mean by security. Again, smaller is better – generally the provinces with smaller populations are also safer.
European immigrants live all across Canada in every province and territiory. Many immigrants from the United Kingdom live in Atlantic Canada and Ontario. Newfoundland has had a traditional connection with Ireland and with Portugal for centuries. Traditionally immigrants from central Europe tended to move to western Canada to farming areas – Manitoba has many people of Ukrainian and Polish descent for example. Ontario has immigrants from all over the world including Europe. My husband has often talked of the many languages he heard in his school yard in Ontario as a boy – Italian, German, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, French. Why do European immigrants live wehre they do? For all kinds of reasons I suppose – family connections, employment, climate, etc.
I hope these thoughts are of some help.
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