20 Major Perks You Get Living In Canada That You Can't Get In The USA

20 Major Perks You Get Living In Canada That You Can't Get In The USA

Have you ever wondered what it's like to live in our neighbouring country up north, Canada? Well, we're here to tell you there are some perks you can get from living there that you can't get here in the US! While we don't hear much about Canada, it's a pretty great country to live in and here's 20 reasons why.

1. Safer Gun Laws

Compared to the States, Canada has much stricter gun control laws, contributing to a lower rate of gun violence across the country. The process of obtaining a firearm in Canada is a lot more rigorous and includes a number of checkpoints like background checks, safety training courses, and a very detailed application process.

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2. Higher Education Affordability

It's sad to say, but going to college in the United States is incredibly expensive. For those looking to pursue higher education, money is simply a factor you can't ignore. Whereas in Canada, post-secondary education is generally much more affordable. Tuition fees are lower on average, and there are numerous scholarships and grants available for students, making higher education more accessible in general.

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3. Universal Healthcare

Now this is a big one that's always talked about; in Canada, healthcare is publicly funded and primarily free for residents, covering most medical services and treatments. This system drastically contrasts with the United States where healthcare remains mainly insurance-based. The out-of-pocket expenses for medical care can be truly shocking.

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4. Best National Ice Hockey Team

Hockey fans, Canada is the place to be. Because in the Great North, ice hockey isn't just a sport, it's a religion. Home to arguably the best national ice hockey team in both men's and women's competitive play, Canada has repeatedly dominated on the ice. Whether it's Olympic gold or the World Cup of Hockey, Canadians love to wear their hockey pride like a badge of honour.

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5. Maternity and Paternity Leave Benefits

Looking to start a family? In Canada, the country offers generous maternity and paternity leave policies that will have you covered. Unfortunately in the US, this isn't the case. While Canadian parents can receive up to 18 months of leave combined, with employment insurance benefits that partially cover their income during this period, the US gets simply around 12 weeks of unpaid leave. That's a pretty big difference!

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6. Poutine: A National Treasure

Forget about cheeseburgers and apple pie for a minute because Canada's got a new national favourite to bring to the table: poutine. This rich and divine concoction of fries, cheese curds, and gravy is the epitome of comfort food. It's the ultimate Canadian dish, and what's even better is that there are so many customization options available. From pulled pork to butter chicken to steak, poutine can fit a variety of taste preferences.

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7. Ketchup Chips: A Canadian Delicacy

Speaking of food, ketchup lovers, you've got to try this one. Sold in Canada but not in the United States, ketchup chips are the ultimate snack. They're sweet and a bit tangy, perfectly embodying the essence of ketchup, all wrapped up in the satisfying crunch of a potato chip. You can easily pick this up at any Canadian grocery store!

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8. Access to Nature

With its vast and diverse landscapes, Canada offers unparalleled access to nature, including national parks, mountains, lakes, and forests. This access promotes a healthy outdoor lifestyle that is deeply integrated into Canadian culture.

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9. Lower Crime Rates

Compared to the United States, Canada sees a much lower crime rate, especially in terms of violent crimes. As a result, there's a general sense of more safety and security for its residents across the country.

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10. Saying "Sorry" is a Sport

If you come to Canada, you get to join the club of being known as the "nice" country! Canadians are so good at apologizing, it's practically a national sport. It's all about politeness up in the North!

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11. Tim Hortons on Every Corner

Move over Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts, Canada's got their own coffee MVP and it's a good one. Tim Horton's is an iconic Canadian fast coffee joint that can be found on nearly every corner. It's the perfect place to grab a delicious breakfast thanks to their breakfast wraps, Timbits, and double-doubles. And with the affordable prices, Timmys just can't be beat.

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12. The Queen on Currency

Are you a fan of the Royal family? Well, did you know Canada has a deep connection to the Commonwealth? As a result, we get to carry pocket-sized portraits of the Queen no matter where we go - she's on all of our coins! 

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13. The Northern Lights

Canada offers front-row seats to the Aurora Borealis, nature's most spectacular light show. While the US has Alaska, Canada boasts more accessible viewing spots across its vast northern territories, making celestial spectacles a regular nighttime entertainment.

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14. Maple Syrup Galore

If you love eating bacon or pancakes for breakfast, can you imagine having them without maple syrup? We'll have you know that Canada is the world's leading producer of maple syrup. Big thanks to Canada for making our breakfast meals all the sweeter!

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15. Bilingual Environment

Canada is a bilingual country that speaks both English and French. This policy supports language preservation and offers opportunities for residents to become bilingual, enhancing cognitive flexibility and career prospects.

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16. Political Stability

In general, Canada is known for its political stability (you don't hear much about Canadian political discourse on the American news channels!). When compared to the US, the country has a parliamentary democracy that tends to be less polarized and volatile than the rocky political climate often observed in the US.

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17. World's Longest Coastline

Canada has the world's longest coastline, offering endless opportunities for beach days, coastal hikes, and sea kayaking adventures. From the rugged beauty of the Atlantic provinces to the serene shores of the Pacific, there's a piece of coastline for every type of explorer.

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18. The Toonie and Loonie

If you live in Canada, you get to call your coins some adorable names: loonie (Canada's one-dollar) and toonie (the two-dollar)! They're practical names, but they're also hilarious and makes handling money a bit more fun. Try saying "loonie" and "toonie" yourself - fun, right?

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19. Winter Sports Galore

Whether you love skiing and snowboarding or ice fishing and curling, Canada's got you covered. Canadian winters offer so much more than just snow - it turns the entire country into a playground for winter sports enthusiasts. 

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20. Iconic Wildlife

Canada is home to some of the world's most iconic wildlife, including beavers, moose, and the majestic Canadian goose. While the goose might be known for its less-than-friendly demeanor, it's a symbol of the wild and untamed spirit of Canada. Plus, beavers are just so adorable; who wouldn't want that as their country's mascot? 

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