The comments the mad despot south of the 49th made recently about our fair land and its leader cut lots of us to the quick. Dishonest and weak? A security threat? WTF?
Canada is, in fact, a splendiferously beautiful place, a land of incalculable opportunity, among the world’s most blessed countries to live and work. With our eyes on the orange dictator with the comically small hands beneath us then, we offer this, the 15 reasons Canada is the best place to live and work.
- Everyone can find work here, no matter where they started out. With more than a fifth of the population having been born elsewhere, Canada is the most culturally diverse country in the G7.
- Our economy is the fourteenth largest in the world, and we are one of the wealthiest nations out.
- We are major brain trusts, with our citizens contributing significantly to space science, quantum computing and a whack of world-changing medical discoveries.
- With an average minimum wage of $7.18, Canadians have one of the top-10 minimum wages in the world.
- Our citizens enjoy the highest sense of well-being in the world, courtesy (says the U.S. News & World Report in their rankings) of our political and economic stability, our rock-solid job market and our first-rate public-education system.
- Our world-class universal free health care likely contributes to the fact that Canadians born today will live an average of two years longer than the global average (almost 82 versus 80). Establish yourself here and score yourself a few more Christmases.
- Canada boasts better parental leave than the paltry offering Americans get (new mothers and fathers can take up to 18 months of leave here, versus just three unpaid months in the States).
- We Canadians are awfully well educated, even if we’re poor. Two-thirds of Canadians have post-secondary paper (compared to the average of 40% in the developed world). And more than half of our poorest youth get college or university education. That’s versus less than third of their financially challenged American counterparts.
- Canadians know how to make money. Credit Suisse predicts our country will play host to at least 50,000 more millionaires by 2021. What’s more, the majority of millionaires are self-made and, says a BMO study, nearly half of them are immigrants or second-generation residents (compared to just one-third in Trumpland).
- We’re incredibly tolerant. According to the Legatum Prosperity Index, Canadians are second only to Luxembourg in their personal freedoms, including human rights, freedom of religion and expression, and social tolerance.
- Canadians enjoy a wicked work-life balance. In spite of our complaints about not enough cottage time, only 4% of our ranks work more than 50 hours a week—sweet compared to the OECD average of 13%.
- With GDP growth of 1.5% and $42,200 in per-capita GDP, Canada’s banking system ranks fifth in Bloomberg’s annual ranking of the world’s strongest.
- Companies get a break when they operate here, with PricewaterhouseCoopers ranking Canada and its sweet corporate tax structure eighth out of 185 countries.
- Canadian workers get at least two weeks of mandated paid holiday every year, a far cry from the pitiful 23% of American workers who get no paid time off at all. Oh, andCanadian workers also score nine or 10 statutory holidays annually.
- We have strong female workforce participation. About 82% of women work in Canada, up from 24% in 1953.
Take that, Donald Trump. That’s lots to recommend our country—kilometres better than yours on a thousand different fronts—for working and living. And we didn’t even mention that Superman is half Canuck, or that we invented five-pin bowling and the egg carton. And don’t get us started on the height of our tides or our bull semen.