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Question For My Canadian Folk: What's Canadian Life Like Compared to American Life?

PlutarchPlutarch A Tribe Called FreshPhilly, PA, by way of Ca$hville, TNPosts: 3,239 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited August 2011 in The Social Lounge
Just a simple yet general question for all the Canadians who have lived in America. I love America but sometimes I feel like living in a more laid back and more peaceful nation. I have this idea that Canada is just like that: a more laid back and more peaceful version of America, but I don't know too much about Canada to know any truth to that.

I know it's cold as hell there though. And I have a few Canadian friends, but now that I think of it, they've never really given me a satisfactory answer. Though one has told me that Toronto is as bad as some of the "bad" cities in America, so I don't have any plans of moving to Toronto.

But if I do move, it's either going to be somewhere else in Canada, Hawaii, or maybe Sweden. Midwest America seems pretty nice, but boring (besides the obvious exceptions like Detroit and Chicago)

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  • BiblicalAtheist BiblicalAtheist Prude FieldsPosts: 15,668 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    Imo, Canada is like the naive innocent lil bro of America. Who needs war when ya got beer, bud, sports and outdoors.
  • one_manshowone_manshow Posts: 4,591 ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    If you moving anywhere in Canada head over to Alberta or Saskatchewan you can easily double your income in those provinces especially if you have a degree, trade or some sort of experience.Back in 2004 Alberta was paying new citizens 5k to move there from populated cities like Toronto and Vancouver. Only problem is rent/housing is expensive down there but the average person makes double compared to those in populated cities. Other then cold weather during Nov-March you won't have to adapt to much....you will be making more money mos def and won't regret it.
  • SionSion Moderator, Legion of Trill, AHH Content Producer, AHH Editor Posts: 45,628 Regulator
    edited August 2011
    Pros & Cons of Canada

    Pros:
    - easy to get jobs if you're in the health industry, law, business, even public services like the transit systems (TTC here in Toronto) are hiring like crazy, we're still small & growing at a great pace, so opportunities are all over, lots of jobs out here

    - the women are bad as fuck & if u out here in Toronto theres a lot of asian/white mixes so think Lucy Liu's, Jessica Alba looking types of chicks....

    - Vancouver got some of the baddest broads EVER, its like the California of Canada, the only thing is living downtown is expensive as fuck & if u live way out where shit is more rural like & in the mountains I hope u dont mind going out once a week cuz weather gets soo bad up there that transportation is impossible or extremely dangerous...

    - good banking system

    - healthcare is almost free, u can get covered for most shit tho

    - post secondary education is cheap & globally recognized (at least our Universities are)

    - our food is high quality & a billion times better than American cuisine. Even our fast food joints are miles better.

    - great beer

    - sports are HUGE out here especially Hockey

    - Kelowna BC is a great place to live

    - if ur credit is good u can go places

    - crime is low

    - strong economy, b/c we have a small economy we can grow by leaps & bounds, our dollar will be worth a lot more than the USD in the long term

    - hard as hell to get a gun permit

    - if u get rich out here chances are ull be rich forever

    - prison system is softer/lenient than the American ones for ex. crack or coke might get u some years in America but in Canada a few months & u good. White Collar crime only requires u to serve a sixth or ur sentence & u out. SMH @ me putting this down as a pro but hey it is what it is...



    Cons:

    - Alberta is CRAZY expensive, ud think that with all the oil & stuff it'd be sorta like Houston where 100k could get you a big ass house..... the average price of a home in Alberta will run ya bout half a mil nigga.....

    - Toronto is A LOT like New York, ppl are not all that nice

    - Montreal is cheap to live in & is really nice but ur gonna have to learn French my dude.... & taxes are high in Quebec too and out there they dont play, QC is sorta like another country w/in a country out here.

    - doing business out here is hard they require u to get excessive licenses for even the simplest things & a lot of those licenses take as long as a college/university degree to get & can become quite pricey after a while.

    - taxes (for business) are toooo high, for example the real estate business out here works like this - if your home wasn't ur first home when u sell it u have to pay capital gains taxes of 50%.... so half the profit.... the general tax rate tho is 13.5% up to a certain point tho

    - if ur an immigrant ur gonna have to start over again (dont matter if u were a doctor or big name lawyer, they make u start over)

    - smaller economy

    - theres a difference b/w College & University here, its NOT like the states were their one in the same.... out here if u do college typically its required u do University afterwards especially if u want the higher paying jobs, UNLESS uve got miles of experience & loads n loads of licenses & then some.... the school system is also divided b/w "applied" & "academic" , if ur in "applied" the path laid forth means u will prolly have to go to college EVEN if u were a straight A student in applied. Then theres academic, which is the more "advanced" stuff. The american school system btw has higher standards than their Canadian counterparts so if ur bringing ur kids here they should have an easier time in Academic....

    - winter lasts 9 months - 10 if u live in central areas & more up North.... imagine March & April being cold and snowing.....

    - Montreal, Ottawa, Alberta, Vancouver, Toronto are the best places to live but also can be pricey, the other areas have things more spaced out, weather is harsh & there as many job opportunities or jobs are limited

    - actually Edmonton crime rate been shittin on ours lately but as I said Toronto is a lot like New York... fast, obnoxious & everyone has to be somewhere

    - if u have a criminal record u might as well move to the States

    - our growth is primarily limited to mining, oil, pulp & paper and agriculture... its not like the U.S. where they have all of those things PLUS manufacturing, banking, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, retail & everything under the sun.

    - our jobs pay less than their American counterparts UNLESS u work high up in the oil & pulp paper industries

    - small industries with limited contacts - there's a reason why Drake & others went to the U.S. to blow up, if u want a career in music go down south to America unless ur making music like Celine Dion or rock n roll shit.

    - 90% of our country is white.... the other 8% is split b/w chinese & indian, 1% black & then the other 1% is other.
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  • SionSion Moderator, Legion of Trill, AHH Content Producer, AHH Editor Posts: 45,628 Regulator
    edited August 2011
    Plutarch wrote: »
    Just a simple yet general question for all the Canadians who have lived in America. I love America but sometimes I feel like living in a more laid back and more peaceful nation. I have this idea that Canada is just like that: a more laid back and more peaceful version of America, but I don't know too much about Canada to know any truth to that.

    I know it's cold as hell there though. And I have a few Canadian friends, but now that I think of it, they've never really given me a satisfactory answer. Though one has told me that Toronto is as bad as some of the "bad" cities in America, so I don't have any plans of moving to Toronto.

    But if I do move, it's either going to be somewhere else in Canada, Hawaii, or maybe Sweden. Midwest America seems pretty nice, but boring (besides the obvious exceptions like Detroit and Chicago)

    Say "Hi" to ur 50% tax rate out there while u at it..... I'd take Switzerland over Sweden if u can handle the weather.... always wanted to go to Hawaii & marry off to some fine ass half asian half "can't guess her other mix" bad ass broad....
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    jono wrote: »
    This is the folly of the internet. Its become a bastion of misinformation, rumors, conspiracies and propaganda. A place where a person with no face or name can make accusations at any time with no verification or credentials and brainwash a small segment of people.
    T. Sanford wrote: »
    Message to the trills of the IC: May Legion Of Trill be your enemies downfall
  • one_manshowone_manshow Posts: 4,591 ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    Cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver moving in the right directions more visible minorities and immigrants in those cities.

    Winter last a good 5 months from Nov-End of March...plus weather is real similar to the upper east coast U.S

    University tuition is cheaper and there a lot of academic institutions for ppl learning trades as people with trades (plumbers, electricians etc) make good money.

    Way less crime in Toronto compared to other cities in the U.S with the similar population (Chicago/LA)

    Poverty in Canada is different in Canada compared to the U.S the government actually pays these single mothers welfare, child tax benefits and other baby bonus.

    Transportation is reliable no need for a car unless you live in the suburbs of a major city.
  • SionSion Moderator, Legion of Trill, AHH Content Producer, AHH Editor Posts: 45,628 Regulator
    edited August 2011
    sionb...you in T-dot?



    ...shout out to Bloor Street!

    ...I use to live on Gladstone, 4 houses from Dufferin Park/same side of the street as the high school there

    lol yeah mayne Toronto is where I reside.

    I had some friends who used to live around there. I love being down by Bloor Street downtown.
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    jono wrote: »
    This is the folly of the internet. Its become a bastion of misinformation, rumors, conspiracies and propaganda. A place where a person with no face or name can make accusations at any time with no verification or credentials and brainwash a small segment of people.
    T. Sanford wrote: »
    Message to the trills of the IC: May Legion Of Trill be your enemies downfall
  • janklowjanklow god's lonely man. Posts: 8,613 Regulator
    edited August 2011
    sionb55 wrote: »
    - great beer
    - sports are HUGE out here especially Hockey
    now, maybe i am biased, but it seems to me like these aren't so much "pros" as "things that occur in both the US and Canada in equal measure"
    sionb55 wrote: »
    - hard as hell to get a gun permit
    also, you have clearly placed this on the wrong list. although you COULD list as a pro "willingness to scrap expensive gun control measures that don't do a damn thing"
    sionb55 wrote: »
    - Toronto is A LOT like New York, ppl are not all that nice
    what?! typical spoiled Canadian! Toronto is far nicer than New York
  • young lawyoung law Posts: 4,537 ✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    ayo Sion,
    could you go in on this a lil bit more
    - if ur an immigrant ur gonna have to start over again (dont matter if u were a doctor or big name lawyer, they make u start over)
  • PlutarchPlutarch A Tribe Called Fresh Philly, PA, by way of Ca$hville, TNPosts: 3,239 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    major props to everyone who took the time to drop some knowledge. now that i'm well informed, i'll have to think long and hard about this...
  • young lawyoung law Posts: 4,537 ✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    Sionb is correct, but It's actually not as treacherous as it might've sounded...



    because any US career or especially, Academia accomplishments, are regarded higher once transferred over into Canadian life...

    Ex; community college degrees/Jr.. College degrees from USA, are treated like bachelor degrees in Canada

    why would you have to start over if american degrees are held in higher regard???

    he put that under con's of canada
  • JayToTheZJayToTheZ Posts: 454
    edited August 2011
    Plutarch wrote: »
    Just a simple yet general question for all the Canadians who have lived in America. I love America but sometimes I feel like living in a more laid back and more peaceful nation. I have this idea that Canada is just like that: a more laid back and more peaceful version of America, but I don't know too much about Canada to know any truth to that.

    I know it's cold as hell there though. And I have a few Canadian friends, but now that I think of it, they've never really given me a satisfactory answer. Though one has told me that Toronto is as bad as some of the "bad" cities in America, so I don't have any plans of moving to Toronto.

    But if I do move, it's either going to be somewhere else in Canada, Hawaii, or maybe Sweden. Midwest America seems pretty nice, but boring (besides the obvious exceptions like Detroit and Chicago)

    The perfect place to live in Canada is in the Maritimes, like Halifax, Nova Scotia, And also New Brunswick is the best province, i used to live there!
  • JayToTheZJayToTheZ Posts: 454
    edited August 2011
    Yey, but it's the pinnacle of White Privilege, in that area...why else would JayToTheZ even be hyped on it?......its just like The USA's far northeast territories.

    Because its a beautiful place?
    And white privileges? Black people have the same rights as white people, and everybody is treated is the same. Stop trying to make shit up.....
  • northside7northside7 Posts: 25,739 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    sionb...you in T-dot?



    ...shout out to Bloor Street!

    ...I use to live on Gladstone, 4 houses from Dufferin Park/same side of the street as the high school there


    lol FOH! Bloor & Dovercourt where I'm @. Fuck Dufferin Park and all them crab niggas that be chillin there...
  • northside7northside7 Posts: 25,739 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    You know a lil' Trinidad Breezie named "Sparkles". ...she on Dovercoourt off of Bloor

    She a hooker? East Indian trini or African trini?

    You used to rep crip?
  • -Vincenzo--Vincenzo- Posts: 3,374 ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    it has like 800,000 blacks, i think it's more to2-3 %, isn't it?
  • northside7northside7 Posts: 25,739 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    Naw, she was rapping around that way....lil' light skinned breezie with hard accent/forevering rapping about life in Trinidad




    Naw I knew some niggz called 'Bloor Street Bullies' around that way/between DoverCourt and Dufferin....wiz, Mack, crossbow, ghost brothers, Winston hillz, you know any of them?

    Never heard of them. Them niggaz aint out here like that.
  • aijalonaijalon Posts: 919
    edited August 2011
    Wife and I have been tentatively planning to move to Canada for some time now.
    Plan has more legs than ever now.
  • northside7northside7 Posts: 25,739 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2011
    aijalon wrote: »
    Wife and I have been tentatively planning to move to Canada for some time now.
    Plan has more legs than ever now.

    Which part of Canada?
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