Many Irish and British emigrants Down Under are researching ways of moving to Canada from Australia. Here are 6 reasons why we think it’s a good idea.
Australia has absorbed tens of thousands of Irish and British emigrants in recent years, but the past year has seen something of a turning point.
Australia, like Canada, is a resource rich-country but Australia has struggled in recent years due to its reliance on natural resources and its close trading ties with Asia.
The economy in Western Australia is tightening. Many mega oil and gas projects have finished their construction phases and thousands of jobs are continuing to be lost as a result.
British and Irish expats enjoying the change of lifestyle remain cautious about returning home. For Irish expats, confidence in the economy outside Dublin remains low, and there’s a growing sentiment that life for returning emigrants is expensive and unnecessarily complicated. For British expats, uncertainty continues as the fallout from the Brexit referendum continues to play out.
Here’s why moving to Canada from Australia could be the right move for you.
While Alberta (Calgary, Edmonton) and Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Regina) feel the impact of low global commodity prices, it’s business as usual in the bustling provinces of British Columbia and Ontario , where Vancouver and Toronto are the most popular destinations. Quebec is also surging, with huge job gains recently.
Increased funding in infrastructure projects will see strong employment prospects across the country over the next two or three years.
“It’s still safe to say that Vancouver is the strongest labour market in the country, with employment surging by 6.3pc year-on-year. The jobless rate has hit a seven and a half year low of 5.2pc,” Robert Kavcic, Senior Economist with BMO Capital Markets, explains.
Irish and British people, who relocated in recent years, are highly regarded in Canada as hard workers. They have blazed a trail for any compatriots interested in moving to Canada from Australia.
Tell anyone that you’re moving to Canada, and you’ll likely be greeted with this question: “Will it be very cold over there?”
If you want cold weather, you can certainly find it in cities like Edmonton during the winter, but Canada has mild locations too.
Vancouver’s climate is very hospitable for those used to the weather in Britain and Ireland. A typical day in July is 22°C, while in January it’s around 6°C. Toronto will have occasional extremes (like anywhere else in the world), but average January highs are around -1°C. Like Vancouver, its climate is similar to the UK and Ireland.
So Canada’s reputation for cold weather isn’t universally true. Remember: Canada is a huge country, which spans six time zones, so its weather varies wildly. Think of it in a European context: just because it’s -20°C in St Petersburg, doesn’t mean it’s -20°C in London!
It means you get a full breadth of four distinct seasons no matter where you travel. It may even provide some respite for those who struggle to cope in the higher temperatures Australia offers.