Every immigrant experiences feelings of homesickness and worry when they move to a new country. Many immigrants don’t have a choice when they’re fleeing war-torn countries, or when offered a great career in a new country. Fortunately, my situation was the latter, but it still required some getting used to the idea of leaving friends, family, and colleagues behind. Last year I moved to Canada, and I haven’t regretted it since.
Canada has proven to be a great country to live in. The immigration process was long, but much easier than if I had chosen to take a job in the USA. If you’ve read about Vancouver’s affordable housing challenge, you’ll understand I did have trouble finding a place to rent, until I lucked out and found a two-bedroom suite on the main level of a house. The owners were traveling around the world and needed someone to not only look after the garden, but feed their pet as well. As a result, I scored on the perfect place to live, at a price that would have most Vancouverites glowering at me if I had admitted it.
One notable aspect of living in Canada is that everyone is welcome, and treated equally. I’m not saying that prejudice doesn’t exist – I heard a few bad jokes while here – but overall you’re not going to have to worry about being shot because you pulled a wallet out of your pocket at the local gas station. Almost everyone says hi when you enter a store, rather than looking worried. And you can even smile at people on the street, and they smile back at you. I discovered that I lived in a friendly place when I was muttering to myself at the local grocery store. There were so many different brands of pasta on the shelf. How was I to choose? A lady beside me struck up a conversation. That’s one thing I enjoy about Canada. People talk to each other for no reason. On the street. At the bus stop. In the shops. It seems to be a great way to pass the time while you’re waiting in a long line.
And that’s another thing. Canadians don’t mind standing in lineups. That’s because there are plenty of things they can do to occupy their time, such as chat to the people surrounding them. In some cities in the USA you hear stories about how the homeless are unwelcome. It’s illegal to feed the homeless in some US cities. It’s illegal for them to panhandle. Well, in Canada the homeless and the working class coexist peacefully together. You’ll see a homeless person on the sidewalk holding out their hat for money, while beside him are two businessmen in expensive suits having a chat. That’s what I enjoy about this country, there’s room for everyone. Living in Canada is a great place to live. If you’re looking for somewhere new for your family to live, I can highly recommend having a look at Canada first.