If you are considering coming to Canada to seek permanent residency, what province should you live in? This article explores the provinces and territories and their immigration programs.
Canada is a huge and varied country, offering different types of lifestyle opportunities for new immigrants to Canada. As such, not all provinces will be equally suited for your needs.
To help you make an informed decision about where to settle down in Canada we have compiled a list of the top 3 provinces (in no particular order) for permanent residence applications:
- Quebec (if your first language is French)
- British Columbia (if you like mountain scenery), and
- Ontario (for people who would like to live close enough to visit Niagara Falls).
Quebec is home to nearly one-third of Canada’s French-speaking population and has exceptionally strong programs for immigrants with advanced degrees. Many of these programs are available in English too, though the minimum education requirement is held at a higher level by Quebec. If you are ready to get down to business consider Quebec your best option.
For immigrants living in British Columbia, the province has modern immigration policies that allow skilled workers to come to Canada based on their qualifications. The province also offers several immigration options for business owners looking for a good location for their business or permanent residency status.
For immigrants living in Ontario, the province of Ontario is home to several prominent cities including Toronto and Ottawa that offer abundant opportunities for permanent residence or citizenship. As such, it is an ideal location for immigrants seeking economic opportunity.
Many immigrants prefer to stay in Quebec to enjoy its culture and vibrant French-speaking community. If you are one of those people, expect to settle in Montreal, as it has the largest population of French-speaking Canadians. Due to its large French-speaking community and successful immigration programs, many immigrants who want to immigrate to Canada prefer establishing themselves in the province. For those wanting a faster admission process, consider getting your permanent residency application submitted right away.
For those who would prefer living outside of this province or for those with higher degrees looking for a quick path towards the permanent residence, British Columbia is the best option. With the best scenery, this province offers a wide range of job opportunities for immigrants. It is also the closest location to Canada’s capital city of Ottawa where many immigrants prefer working.
Residents of Ontario can have it both ways, whether they are looking for exciting city life or peace and quiet in rural areas. The province offers a variety of lifestyles that you can choose from. It is also the economic powerhouse of Canada with high employment rates offering many job opportunities for immigrants who are looking for work in their field of choice.
When considering immigration to Canada, you are welcome to apply to any province or territory in Canada, but be aware that some may have stricter requirements than others (especially Quebec). If you are moving to Canada for permanent residency, consider the factors that are important to you (agriculture, education, business, etc.) and then apply to your most likely location.
When choosing a province, be sure to know what perks come with living there (like high Canadian income tax deduction) and also consider if your language skills are strong enough for investment immigration or provincial nomination program.
The importance of language skills cannot be overstated when it comes to immigration. Even if you choose the province with the most relaxed requirements for its permanent residency programs, you must still prove that your language skills are up to par with Canadian standards.
There are two ways you can do this:
1) Learn to speak and write colloquially in the Canadian French language (or, if you are already fluent, we recommend that you apply under an immigration program that allows for this).
2) Learn the rules and regulations set by the provinces and territories for their immigration programs. These rules can vary depending on whether you want to move to a rural area or a large city and whether your choice of the province is known for being welcoming of immigrants from certain countries. For example, Ontario-specific immigration programs have higher language requirements.
All the provinces and territories in Canada have some kind of immigration program, so you can apply to all of them. The requirements may vary depending on whether or not you have a spouse or children, on your education level, or on your occupation among other things.