Emigrating To Canada? Choosing Where To Live & Work?
What are the risks if any in emigrating to Canada and other places in the world, to live, to
work, to start a family and be safe?
Did I miss anything? Oh yes, where are the places the “State” is not oppressive or
threatening to its citizens in any way and supportive to immigrants, new and old?
Our world is changing and is smaller. The typical or trusted choices are no longer that.
According to “Just Landed.com,” an online publication popular with savvy immigrants,
we see “Popular Expatriate Destinations,” based upon a 2008 source. It put Canada
in 2nd spot out of a Top 3. Also appearing there is “Top 5 Most Friendly Countries For
Expats,” and that article ranked Canada 4th.
But times and local conditions can change dramatically. At the end of 2008, Just Landed
published, “Expat trends: Developed Countries Less Attractive.”
In April 2009, a different publication, Expatify.com, posted, “10 Most Suitable Countries
for American Expatriates.” Canada was not even amongst the 10. Since Canada is the
U.S.’s closest neighbour but not even recommended, then where can those seeking
American or Canadian ideals be most welcomed and happiest? Their Top 10 tells us.
Take it from a Canadian who has lived and worked in both the U.S. and Canada, that if
I could have my youth back to do over again now, I would definitely follow the advice of
this last-mentioned source. Their Number 1 out of 10 spots is Argentina. You may read
why they picked it and others at their website. But, back to why Canada failed the listing.
Many immigrants believed that Canada represented a safe haven to attain personal
freedom, adequate employment, piece of mind and a safe place to start a family. And,
historically, many realized that life. But that was before 1986. Since then it got much
worse. In 1997, Canada introduced a sweeping set of laws that tipped the balances.
One’s “life success and lasting happiness” are, in part, functions of a satisfactory job and
a happy relationship (typically marriage). Reverses of these are also true. Let’s see how.
Here are the facts that few, if any, in the immigration community are forthcoming enough
to share with you in full, but understandably so, since it would diminish “their” benefiting
from a new recruit or new immigrant to Canada.
In a longitudinal study, Statistics Canada reports that nearly half of immigrants asked
reported difficulty in holding adequate employment up to 4 years after arriving. Half.
In simple terms, it means an immigrant to Canada has a 50-50 chance of keeping a
good job (up to 4 years after arriving). The same odds as flipping a coin. Moreover, if
you are between 30 and 40 years old, a university grad or skilled, you are at highest risk
of job dissatisfaction (Stats Can, Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants, 2010-02-18).
When looking at the other function I mentioned, a happy relationship (marriage or
marriage-like), we see Statistics Canada and other sources combining to report that one
in every two first-marriages fail. Simply put, Canadians of all types, statistically have a
50-50 chance of a failed marriage. Half. Again, no better odds than flipping a coin.
The midpoint age of men divorcing is 44 and women 41. Just when many expect to have
lives well in order, poof! It is all turned upside down, with the same odds of a coin flip.
And here’s why that happens: Not only does Canada have “no-fault” divorce laws where
the reasons for filing for divorce are of little significance (irreconcilable differences), but
also, the laws appear to have been “tweaked” plus the family courts “tweaked” to come
down hard on men, with overwhelming failure in appeals. If one reads a Joint Senate
and Parliamentary Committee Report, one sees that despite hundreds of witnesses
from lawyers, divorcees, children of divorced parents, and other experts giving sworn
testimony warranting changes to the current laws, nothing has changed to date.
This is by choice. This choice is by governments at provincial levels who are at the
mercy of voters operating under misconceptions and myths that all is well with this legal
system. But, Independent Women’s Organization and Provincial Auditor Reports belie
the myths. Nevertheless, what applies for family laws across Canada today would fail
integrity comparisons with all other forms of law, including contract, tort, or criminal law.
As a retired professional, let me say that financial success may seem most attractive at
first, but in the bigger view it’s not the be-all and end-all some think. Then what is?
Freedom: Freedom from unforeseen consequences hidden from consciousness. Put
simply, I wished I had known about the hidden traps waiting for the many to step in and
have their freedom of life choices so suddenly limited. I would have liked to have known
about them and fully understood their meaning in advance. My life and my choices
suddenly ceased to be mine. Have you ever heard of animals chewing off their own foot
to be free of a trap? I understand why that happens more often than one imagines.
In summary, a wise immigrant will check out the facts for himself and ask a qualified
family lawyer to explain in full what all that means or could mean to one at any time in
his future if choosing to live in Canada. Here is one place out of many to start one’s
research: Emigrating To Canada Risks. That site holds all references for this article.