I was thinking of writing about my immigration story until I had a chance to chat with Tatiana Nedelko from English Online, Inc. and I told her about it, she then thought that maybe as an immigrant I should talk about the things that I like about Canada.
Actually, in 2009, I already wrote about the Things That I Love in Canada, when I wrote this article, it was just 3 months since my family and I arrived in Canada. I just based what I wrote in that post to what I’ve seen and heard from the people that I met and encountered. It’s been almost 7 years since we came to Canada, a lot of things have changed and my family and I had our own share of our ups and downs already. Sometimes, I still can’t believe that I am already living in Canada and that I’m already a Canadian citizen, when I was younger, I did not even imagine that I will migrate to another country, but here I am now!
It’s been almost 7 years… I’ve come to know more about the way of life in Canada (in Winnipeg) and we have somehow adjusted. If you will ask me now, “What are the 5 things that I like about Canada?” this is what I am going to tell you:
- Canada is BIG – Next to Russia, Canada is the second largest country in the world. Coming from a small country with a big population, the big space in this country is definitely one of the things that I appreciate the most. It feels that there’s enough space for everyone and it you are living in a place that is not congested it feels quite and peaceful.
- Health Care System – Not everyone will agree with me on this. I am very much aware of some of the loopholes about the system and I am also guilty complaining of the odd wait times whenever you go to a hospital’s ER, but hey, if you are a citizen or a permanent resident of Canada and you get ill and you require medical treatment, you do not have to worry about the financial burden.
- Generous maternity/parental leave – Depending on the length of your employment and the number of hours that you have worked in the preceding year, new moms in Canada can take between 17 and 52 weeks of leave from their jobs. On top of the maternity leave, either parent after the child is born or adopted can can take 35 weeks of parental leave, parents can share the leave however they choose. Maternity and parental is administered by provincial employment insurance plans, if eligible, the parent is paid at 55% of his/her average weekly insurable wage, up to a maximum of $485 per week. An employer is required to accept the employee back into his/her, or the equivalent, at the end of the maternity/parental leave at the same rate of pay with the same employment benefits.
- Public Facilities – In the province that I am in and in other provinces that I have been, I noticed the abundance of parks, libraries and recreational amenities. These facilities are well-kept and maintained, not everyone here may appreciate this but compared to other countries, Canadians are fortunate to enjoy free or subsidized amenities like these.
- Clean Environment – Environmental stewardship is important to Canadians. The government of Canada is working hard to ensure that Canadians enjoy a clean environment, thus, life expectancy in Canada 76.5 years.
I also asked other people the same question, and watch this 4-minute video of what they have to say…
Though, there are times that I will still wish to be in the Philippines, I can still say that I do no regret moving to Canada. I know a lot of people who are waiting in anticipation to come to Canada, maybe because just like me and other immigrants, they believe that Canada is for them and the “greener pasture” here will turn their ideal quality of life to reality.
How about you, what do you like about Canada?
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