Putting the “Great” in the Great White North: Why living in Canada is so great

By , on June 26, 2014

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From being sixth in United Nation’s 2013 Happiness Index Report, Canada is now ranked the third happiest country in the world out of 34 polled countries according to the ‘Better Life Index’ released by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in May 2014.

According to OECD’s 11-point index—which includes income, education, housing, health, and life satisfaction—Switzerland topped the list, followed by Norway, and then Canada.

In the OECD index, Canada garnered an overall score of 7.6 points—tied with Denmark. The report stated that 88% of its population said they are in good health (third highest in the world) and only 4% of employees work long hours (the 11th lowest in the polled countries).

Employed Canadians also reported having an average of US $30,212 annual disposable per capita income—the highest out of 34 countries in the study. Canadians also live an average of 81 years—17th highest in the list.

Canadians’ net financial wealth also exceeded US $63,000—the highest of any nation in the study, which makes a lot of sense because the study also showed that a lot of Canadians are employed and “less likely” to be unemployed.

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Toronto (ValeStock / ShutterStock)

These figures may seem all high and serious, but these values are just some of the reasons why living in Canada is great. To some, the figures mean more vacation time with the family, a new computer or phone for the kids, one or more date night for the month. To some, it’s simply numbers and squiggles.

Despite the fact that it’s never just about the money, it is safe to say that being financially capable contributes to overall satisfaction and ultimately—happiness.

When asked if they had someone they could count on in emergency situations, 94% of Canadians said they have a “person” (‘Grey’s Anatomy’ fans will get that). And at 94%, Canada—as always—is at the top of the list as well.

As an employee, Canadians—in general—have it pretty good: decent working hours, one of the highest employment rates and disposable per capita income. But other than having more dough, Canadians have more to be proud of.

And I’m not talking about thick-cut Canadian bacon. Or poutine.

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Calgary (Grant / ShutterStock)

KnowsWhy.com noted that Canada is a great place to live in because of its excellent health care system.

Run by the government, its health insurance system is 100% free and preferred by most residents.

The indigent citizens can also avail of the public health system because it is covered by public funds. Filipinos all over Canada can attest to this wonderful fact—something we lack back home. I’ve heard stories from friends of mine who moved to Canada who are now enjoying its superb healthcare benefits.

Elderly Canadians also enjoy full benefits since the government makes sure that they have their medications free of charge.

Other than an excellent health care system—both for locals and immigrants, the cost of living in Canada is considerably lower compared to other countries.

The food products are very affordable, which is why the country barely suffers from poor nutrition.

Canada’s low population density also makes it possible for legal immigrants to find a decent paying job. This is why Canada has one of the highest immigration rates in the world and the nation continues to maximize this influx of diverse manpower in order to boost its economic and demographic development.

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Vancouver (Romakoma / ShutterStock)

According to NatWest International Personal Banking, British expats believe that Canada provides the best quality of life around the world.

92% of English expats in Canada rated Canada as “very good” or “excellent” in terms of their working environment and 90% when it comes to all-over financial security.

“This is the second year Canada has topped the tables of the NatWest IPB Quality of Life Index. Its excellent working conditions, financial security and peaceful reputation have pushed Canada into this year’s pole position. As a member of the Commonwealth, Canada offers Brits common values and goals shared with the UK, helping British expats settle into the country and feel at home,” said Dave Isley, head of NatWest, to an interview for the Telegraph UK.

Whether for business or for pleasure, Canada surely delivers more than just basic necessities. The Great White North continues to share its innate greatness with anyone who is seeking a better life halfway around the world or just above the border. With these factors in mind, together with the rest of the world, Canadians believe that they will continue to push forward and emerge on top, confirming that indeed—Canada knows how to put “great” in the Great White North.