Canada has been ranked ninth out of 64 countries in a new study examining expats’ satisfaction levels in their new home.
A survey by InterNations has found Canada scores highly as a desirable place to work and receive healthcare, and for its friendliness and welcoming nature.
Canada ranked a lowly 43rd however when it came to satisfaction with personal finances – and over a quarter of respondents say their disposable income is not enough for daily life.
At-a-glance: how Canada compares to other countries in the InterNations survey.
The Expat Insider survey by InterNations asked 14,000 expats from 195 countries and overseas territories about their living situation and happiness in their new location.
Ecuador topped the list, and was ranked the highest of all countries in the personal finance and cost of living indices. It also ranked highly for happiness and quality of life. Mexico and Malta came in second and third place respectively.
Canadians were considered to be very polite by respondents. Some 84pc said they enjoy the general friendliness of the population, and the majority say this attitude is extended to foreign residents.
Expats also reported that Canada is a good place to work and develop a career. The country ranks 13th in the survey’s working abroad index, as 63pc appreciate their career prospects, 84pc rate the economy positively, and 57pc are satisfied with their job security.
But there is a trade-off, as only 54pc of respondents said they were satisfied with the cost of living – a ranking of 30th place. Some 28pc say their disposable income is not enough for daily life.
Canadian healthcare receives praise, and is regarded as “affordable” by 72pc of participants in the survey.
Though only 45pc enjoy Canada’s climate (the global average is 62pc), 90pc of those surveyed rated leisure options positively.
Full-time workers also spend less time at work than the global average – 41.6 hours per week versus 44.9 hours per week – which may explain why 68pc appreciate their work-life balance.
The Expat Insider top 10:
- New Zealand
The UK came in 31st place out of the 64 countries in the study.
Ireland ranked 40th, though unsurprisingly scored highly for its welcoming nature. It was ranked fourth in the index of ‘where expats appreciate the friendly attitude towards foreign residents’.
Kuwait finished bottom of the list, and scored especially poorly in the ‘ease of settling in’ index.
InterNations is the biggest expat community worldwide. You’ll find them in Canada in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Victoria and London (Ontario). InterNations events are a great way to make friends, and you can learn more here.
- MORE: The Expat Insider report for Canada by InterNations.
- MORE: The full Expat Insider results.
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