Canada has a future

November 30th, 2010

I came across several blogs recently written by new Canadians who use their blogs as a venue to share aspects of their lives in Canada. I was curious to know what these bloggers have in common, if anything. They have immigrated to Canada from different countries, they vary in age, and some have children, while others don’t. Why did they choose Canada? What was it about Canada that enticed these folks to want to go through the process of immigrating here?

As I said last month, immigrants are motivated go-getters who are ready to face the challenges of migrating to a new country and take risks in their desire for greater gains. They are looking for a better life, a better way.

I noticed that they do in fact share some common perspectives on Canada and the reasons to immigrate.

• They all were dreaming of a better life in Canada.

• They didn’t move to Canada because it would be the best option for their careers, nor did they choose Canada solely because of career opportunities. Work is just one part of their lives. There was much more to their decision to migrate than jobs alone.

• They felt Canada was the right “fit” for them.

• Canada offers a peaceful and open society.

• Canadians believe in contributing to the greater good.

• Many were attracted to the freedom available to all who live in Canada.

• It is a multicultural country; so many newcomers feel they finally belong somewhere.

• In some cases, they had to make some sacrifices for their future and the future of their children.

None of these bloggers write extensively about their work. They write about all the other aspects of their lives in Canada, which are rich in new discoveries and experiences and friendships. And all the quality things that make a life a good life. Most chose Canada because they had an overwhelming sense that the country’s values match their own.

For example, Zhu says on her blog: “Canadians are more balanced. Sure, there are serious issues here, it’s not like the country is perfect. But people tend to trust each other and it looks like they want to make things work and live in harmony.”

Zhu also says, “Canada gave me a future, hope and the ability to choose the life I wanted. Little by little, the jigsaw fell into place. Today, I can’t really imagine what would have been my life if I had stayed in France. Maybe better, maybe worse, who knows. But I’m glad I took a chance.”

Here is a list of the blogs that you could call immigration “success stories”. These new Canadians have blogs to share both their immigration experience and their new lives in Canada. If you have an immigration success story, or a blog, or you read a blog on this topic, please feel free to let me know in the comments below.

>>Correr es mi destino

Zhu (as she is known on her blog) immigrated to Canada from France and is now an English-to-French translator. She is also a photographer and world traveller. Zhu says, “Not all countries give immigrants the option of becoming a citizen of their adoptive country. I appreciate the fact Canada does. I didn’t want to be an expat or a foreign worker forever – I wanted to belong somewhere, to have a real status in Canada. I have the right to vote and to participate fully in this country’s life. I’m proud of the fact that I have a second home, a second identity and a second passport.”

Zhu has published 10 interviews with 10 different immigrants about their experiences coming to Canada.

>>Caban O Canada

This blog is written by a young couple from France (who lived for a while in Ireland before coming to Canada). They love ice hockey and their happy new life in Montreal. They have accomplished their dream to live in Canada.

>>Live from Waterloo

A family from Argentina immigrated to Canada in search of a better future for the whole family. Gabriel, husband and father, says, “My wife knew that it had been always my dream to get to know Canada.” He had a tough time finding work at first, but he had decided he was willing to start all over again in the name of his kids’ future.

>>Final Transit by Priyank Thatte

Priyank Thatte was born in Dombivli, India. He pursued an MBA in Toronto at the Schulich School of Business and then decided to work in the public sector, for the greater good. He says he is happily employed at the Ministry of Community and Social Services for the Government of Ontario. He’s an engaging writer and a wonderful photographer and shares his visions of Toronto with the world.

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19 Responses to “Canada has a future”

  • On December 1st, 2010, Anonymous said ...

    i agree with all the above blogs but what about the people who dint had the succesfull stories did you read about those stories?
    what i heard is people have hard time to find jobs,accomandation as the taxes have been increase within last few months.
    so do you think still canada have future?

    thanks & reagrds
    Khawer N

  • On December 1st, 2010, Elaine said ...

    I am greatly encouraged by these comments. Presently I am living and working in Saudi Arabia, and plan to be here for three years to work and save money, but after that CANADA!! It’s true that though work is very important, there are many other factors that make one choose one living place over another. Canada’s climate, natural beauty, ethnic diversity, and friendly people are major selling points for me. I look forward to settling there very much.

  • On December 1st, 2010, stelian said ...

    There are very many blogs using languages other than English. A success story is also A few excerpts from there (in translation) are below:
    Canada is offering you a good place for personal evolution. For a good but also for a bad one. It is not a perfect society, but it has the mechanism for improvement and it functions. If it goes havoc will correct sooner or later.

    Many asked me if I regret coming to Canada and if I would do it again. From the bottom of my heart I do not regret my decision to come and YES, will do it again……
    At least in Canada you are not ‘stigmatized’ to be Romanian, as it happens in other countries such as France, Italy, Germany and other civilized countries….
    At the end of the day, as and American or Canadian will say, these two nations are based on the constructive effort of millions of newcomers who created one of the most civilized and democratic nations in the world….

  • On December 1st, 2010, kHAWER said ...

    CANADA makes a complete family even thou your alone there,because it doesnt make any difference weather your from asia,africa or any other part of the world because you are served like one nation,one citizen this what i like and love about like kuwait where you dont have the rights to have the freedom is no use to live.i will be starting my document proses soon and live a happy life for ever

  • On December 1st, 2010, Zhu said ...

    Thank you for featuring my blog!

    I hope my views on Canada can give hope to other immigrants. I’d hate to sugar-coat everything but all in all, my experience in Canada as been very positive even though it wasn’t always easy at first.

    Immigrating is a very personal choice and there is no right or wrong way to deal with the challenge.

  • On December 1st, 2010, Anonymous said ...

    Check out and the US2CA (United States to Canada) blog roll on the right sidebar!

  • On December 1st, 2010, Gabriel said ...

    Thank you for having included my blog among those you chose to mention here! It makes me proud to be in such great company.

    To Khawer, my story is not a ‘success’ story per se, I went through a lot of troubles and tribulations until I finally achieved some stability, so you can count me amongst those you would like to see.

    Also, you say you heard that people are having a hard time finding jobs, and that accommodations and taxes have gone up within the last months, let me address that. Getting a job here will be difficult depending on what area you’re looking for. Manufacturing is obviously declining in favour of cheaper rates (and products) coming from other 3rd world countries, but other areas like IT are very active these days. The economy is still strong and many IT companies are hiring and expanding.

    Re: accommodations, it also depends on where you want to go. Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa will be obviously more expensive than the rest, but there are many, many options, even if you are planning on living in any of those three cities. Research is the key.

    Finally, I don’t know what you mean with the comment about the taxes. Though the sales tax went up in Ontario in July 2010, it has remained the same in the other provinces. No changes -that I know of- have been made to the taxes they take from your gross income lately, so… I would say there is little change there, if any.

    Ten years later, I still see Canada as a dream destination for anyone who is willing to pay the tremendous cost of emigration and also willing to work hard to earn a better life. If you’re planning to come here and do the bare minimum just to get around, then you’re toast.

    Hope this helps!

  • On December 1st, 2010, Bob said ...

    It’s true. There are more things more important than work and money.

  • On December 2nd, 2010, Anonymous said ...

    I am presently working in Saudi Aarabiand plan to work for 2 years and then shift to canada, It is my dream place


  • On December 2nd, 2010, Mr.G said ...

    I’m very happy to find these great fellow bloggers in this article. I encourage them to keep up the good work.

    For the bad stories… well, people that failed not always want to share it so that’s why is harder to find them… Although they seem to meet and vent together at



  • On December 2nd, 2010, Anonymous said ...

    Gabriel has just published a great article in response to this one that elaborates some more.

    Very nice read, check it out here:

  • On December 3rd, 2010, Nav said ...

    It is not often that in todays world of materialistic judgement`where most measures of success are from the bank balance, your address, model of car and labels of clothes that one wears – there are societies respecting a different set of values. The materialistic perspective is true for most of the middle east. Perhaps less true for Canada. And although my wife and 18 year old daughter have a cook, a domestic help – luxuries that we would not be able to afford in Canada with the same level of job (world`s top bank in the middle mngmnt) – we have still decided to move to Canada. H.O. Mr Jason K and co willing. We have been able to save some money perhaps to last us a few months but like many other on this forum – I believe in dignity of labor – not a pseudo `that work is beneath my status or “what would my friends say`. And David (Cohen), Zhu and many others are so true when they state that immigration is a personal choice and immigrants are go getters. I would like to think so – and may the ``get more opportunities to pick on us considering us fools. To each his own. But I would still say – India (I am proud to be an Indian…and that gives me the strenth to make an informed choice) has a 33% tax (for my bracket) with our own challenges preventing us from most social benefits. And Dubai where I am will never `naturalise`me – which is fair for we expats come here for the tax free income advantage and that is the model UAE needs to follow. Good luck and best wishes to all!

  • On December 3rd, 2010, Nui said ...

    Thanks for the post. I am now know more interesting blogs from this post. Especially, from those ones who are/were in the same boat. We just moved to Canada for 3 months! The longer we stay, the more we see the opening doors of opportunities! Amazing Canada!

  • On December 7th, 2010, lili said ...

    I am one of people who has applied for canada imagration. i have a blog that my housband and i write all of our experiences about our imagration procces and news there. also we can find many friends who have similar situation like us or they imagrated to canada and have successful experience.we read and use their knowledge.In my point of view this kind of comunicatiom due to knowledge sharing and help to rise people s insight. it is kind of knowledge management.

  • On December 7th, 2010, Canada Immigrants Blogs said ...

    […] were featured at an Immigration Consultant‘s blog. This gentleman (Mr. David Cohen from wrote a very interesting post on Canadian Immigrants […]

  • On December 9th, 2010, Anonymous said ...

    If you haven’t heard, Saskatchewan is a great place to be these days. I particularly like the blog where Wilma and Vince tell us about living their Canadian dream in Saskatchewan.

  • On December 16th, 2010, Priyank said ...

    Hello, Thank you for featuring my blog here and I am thrilled to have been identified as ‘immigrant success story’. Its been a long journey but Canada has been fantastic. 🙂

  • On December 18th, 2010, Immigrant success story? » Final Transit said ...

    […] the other day, my blog along with 3 other blogs was featured on a website under the the post Canada has a future. In that post, the writer used the cases of the four of us to demonstrate how recent immigrants to […]

  • On January 25th, 2011, Canada Immigration said ...

    Immigration on a whole is very beneficial to Canada and its residents. History tells repeatedly that it is human kind that loses its previleges. Immigration is good for Canada and its people in any way you consider but the undeue advantage taken by a few people in the name of refugee act bestowed by Canadian government is being highly misused. We have to wait and see how far Canada can allow people in the name of refugees. Of course, humanitarian concerns are to be given the highest priority for human kind’s development and survival but misuse of a syustm is highly deplorable. Let us all pray that the gates of immigration be not closed for all those good people and eligible aspirants just because of the refugees who infiltrate this country and can be a bigger and unsolvable problem. As of now Canada is large in heart and resources.

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