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Despite their undying love for Jamaica, many Jamaicans (and individuals from around the world) migrate to Canada for the following reasons:

ECONOMIC

1.  Canada holds the record as being deemed BEST Nation by the U.N.!

2. Canada is an affluent society, with a market-based, free enterprise economy.

3. Canada boasts one of the highest standards of living and quality of life, as one of the largest economic powerhouses in the world.

4. Larger Employment & Labour Markets.

5. Higher Wages,  Compensation & Benefits.

6. Abundant Business Opportunity.

7.  Access to Capital for Entrepreneurship.

SOCIAL

8.  Physical Safety.

9.  The residents of Canada have one of the longest average life span (78 years) in the world.

10.  Affordable Housing & Cost of Living.

11.  Greater Access to Education and Skills-Attainment.

12.  Increased Esteem due to being able to realize one’s potential.

ENVIRONMENTAL

13.  Canada is a politically stable parliamentary democracy.

14.  Civilized, peaceful and Sophisticated Society.

15.  Canada is world renowned for its peace keeping forces seen around the world.

16.  Safe and clean neighbourhoods.

17.  First-Class Public Health Care and Treatment.

18.  Canada boasts some of the best universities in the world.

19.  Excellent Early Childhood Education Institutions.

20.  Excellent Recreational Programmes for Youth & Adults.

21.  The Rule of Law & Legal System.

22.  Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents enjoy many rights, which are set out by law in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms including, but are not limited to: The right to live in a peaceful democracy; the right to live and work in any province or territory; the right to life, liberty, and security of person; and the right to equal treatment before the law.

23.  All Canadian citizens or permanent residents have the right to: Universal health care, free primary and secondary school education, and Freedom of conscience and religion.

24.  Human Rights.

25.  Political religious freedom.

26.  Canada has an official policy of multiculturalism, where immigrants are encouraged to preserve their own cultural heritage, language and religion.

HUMAN RIGHTS & EQUALITY

The stability of Canada is due, in part, to policies regarding equality and equity.  Equality refers to ensuring that citizens have equal rights, whereas equity refers to treating people in dissimilar ways under certain circumstances to achieve justice.  For example, Canada addresses issues of gender employment inequality by tackling job discrimination and wage discrimination.  There are programmes established to alleviate the additional erected social barriers based on sex.  In addition, an important measure taken in Canada is to ensure that as a consequence of divorce, the law enforces men to pay spousal and child support.

There are legal remedies for any discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability or analogous grounds such as sexual orientation.  There is also strict law and remedies for victims of subtle and blatant forms of sexual harassment.

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

According to Service Canada, employment Insurance provides temporary financial assistance for unemployed Canadians while they look for work or upgrade their skills.  Canadians who are sick, pregnant or caring for a newborn or adopted child, as well as those who must care for a family member who is seriously ill with a significant risk of death, may also be assisted by Employment Insurance.

SOCIAL WELFARE ASSISTANCE

Social assistance programs are provided by the government for qualified individuals who live in Ontario, need money for food and housing costs and are willing to take part in activities that will help one to find a job.  For example for individuals in Ontario who are in temporary financial need, the program “Ontario Works” can: provide the individual with money, and help the person find a job.

SAFETY & SECURITY

Canada is one of the safest places in the world.  Response time from 911 Emergency Services is usually in minutes in the larger metropolitan area.  Although homes may have security systems, doors and windows of residences are without grills.

QUALITY EDUCATION

Canada has one of the best quality education systems in the world.  The system is publicly-funded for primary and secondary education.  Every child must attend school until the age of 16-17 years. 95% of the children go to the public schools, which are free. All textbooks and equipment are provided for students.  Attending a quality school is a right enjoyed by residents of Canada. Class sizes are small thus lending itself to greater attention from teachers.   The system is adequately funded for all curricular and extra-curricular activities. There are NO external examinations to determine placement or the quality of education.  The curriculum is applied universally for all schools.  Teachers are well-trained and professional.  There are facilities for the physically disabled or students with special needs under the law.  The schools are safe and secure for all students.

Canada also boasts some of the best universities in the world.  There is equality between the publicly-funded institutions.  The tuition fees are also very affordable compared to the schools in the United States.  As such, tertiary education in Canada is a viable and preferred alternative.

UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE

Ontario has a universal, publicly-funded health care system, which is available through the Ontario Health Insurance Plan. There is a three-month waiting period before OHIP coverage starts for most newcomers or immigrants.

The health plan is funded by tax measures and provides the world’s best quality essential health services including doctors’ fee and hospital charges. All Canadians have free access to health care. This is one of the best health care systems in the world.  It covers all insured medically necessary services provided by physicians, some dental surgery when it is done in hospital,  and eye examination is covered by OHIP once a year for persons under 20 and those 65 and over and a major eye exam once every 12 months for persons aged 20 – 64 who have medical conditions requiring regular eye examinations.

CANADA PENSION PLAN

Contributions to the Plan provide contributors with a stable and dependable pension one can depend on for retirement, in addition to private or employment pension schemes.  The contributions also provide the contributor and his or her dependents with basic financial protection if you become disabled or die.

LEISURE & RECREATION GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS

Local governments offer recreation programs and promote both social and skill development for individuals of all ages and abilities. Qualified staff members give encouragement and support to meet the individual needs of the participants.  Available activities include: Swimming, dancing, art, ice skating, ballet, gymnastics, archery, martial arts, tennis badminton, basketball, football, soccer, rugby, golf, baseball and many other sports.  It is an ideal environment to raise children and enjoy leisure activities.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

The rights, freedoms, entitlements and prestige of a Canadian passport is recognized universally, and is of great convenience when travelling abroad for permanent residents and citizens of Canada.

IMMIGRATION POLICY

The objectives of the immigration policy in Canada, includes, amongst other things, the following considerations:

  1. To permit Canada to pursue the maximum social, cultural and economic benefits of immigration;
  2. To enrich and strengthen the social and cultural fabric of Canadian society, while respecting the federal, bilingual and multicultural character of Canada;
  3. To support the development of a strong and prosperous Canadian economy, in which the benefits of immigration are shared across all regions of Canada;
  4. To promote the successful integration of permanent residents into Canada, while recognizing that integration involves mutual obligations for new immigrants and Canadian society;
  5. To facilitate the entry of visitors, students and temporary workers for purposes such as trade, commerce, tourism, international understanding and cultural, educational and scientific activities; and
  6. The objectives with respect to refugees are to:  Recognize that the refugee program is in the first instance about saving lives and offering protection to the displaced and persecuted; Fulfill Canada’s international legal obligations with respect to refugees and affirm Canada’s commitment to international efforts to provide assistance to those in need of resettlement; Grant, as a fundamental expression of Canada’s humanitarian ideals, fair consideration to those who come to Canada claiming persecution; Offer safe haven to persons with a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group, as well as those at risk of torture or cruel and unusual treatment or punishment; Establish fair and efficient procedures that will maintain the integrity of the Canadian refugee protection system, while upholding Canada’s respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all human beings; Support the self-sufficiency and the social and economic well-being of refugees by facilitating reunification with their family members in Canada; Protect the health and safety of Canadians and to maintain the security of Canadian society; and Promote international justice and security by denying access to Canadian territory to persons, including refugee claimants, who pose security risks or are serious criminals.

Canada is a nation of immigrants, and has a strong migration history which can be seen today as much as ever before. On average, 200,000 people migrate to Canada every year.  Canada has been consistently rated by the United Nations as one of the best places in the world to live based on factors such as:  Literacy rates, Education Levels, Nutrition, Shelter, Health, Life Expectancy, Low Crime Rates, Child Welfare, Security, Government Social Programmes such as the Education system, Health Care, Welfare and other Social Safety Public Programmes and Overall Standard of Living.

Canadians take pride in their welcoming attitude to newcomers.   The Canadian immigration process includes a waiting period that is significantly lower than the United States.  Canada has a significant Caribbean and Jamaican population, particularly in Toronto.  The landscape is beautiful and incredibly diverse, encompassing mountains, glaciers, prairies and Arctic tundra. At almost 3.9 million square miles, Canada is the world’s second largest country, with a population of just 32 million people. It would take one, seven days to drive across Canada or seven hours by flight.

Canada is made up of five main regions. The Atlantic region – the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador – relies heavily on fishing, farming, forestry, tourism and mining.  The most populated region of the country is Central Canada, with the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Over three-quarters of all Canadian manufactured goods are made there.  The provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta are in the Prairies, where the terrain is flat and fertile and rich in energy resources. Western Alberta is where the Prairies end and the famous Rocky Mountains begin.  On the West Coast, the province of British Columbia is famous for its mountain ranges and forests. The economy here relies on lumber, fishing, fruit farming and tourism.  The most sparsely populated region is the North and the territories of the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, which make up over one-third of Canada’s land mass. They are rich in oil, natural gas, gold, lead and zinc.

Four out of five people in Canada live in towns and cities within 250 kilometres of the United States border. Canada’s largest cities are Toronto (Ontario), Montréal (Quebec), and Vancouver, (British Columbia). Ottawa, Ontario is Canada’s capital city.

Although most people think of Canada as being cold, as temperatures of -25C are experienced in the winter, hot summer temperatures of up to around the 30C is a comforting seasonal balance.  Many people appreciate the beauty of the transitional season of Spring and Autumn.

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