Canadian House Divided

Angus Reid Institute just publish a report they called “Fractured Federation” with some interesting findings.

In this poll they asked people from all Canadian provinces about their views regarding other parts of Canada.

MapleDude.Ca will give a short recap of its key points.

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The Institute found that Atlantic provinces have issues with Quebec and Ontario, Quebec has issues with everybody and British Columbia feels isolated.

3 out of 10 people in BC said that they have a close relationships with Alberta, but 43% in BC don’t think that they have any friends at all.

People in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba feel a kinship with each other, but 40% of the population there don’t think they treated warmly by Ontario. 75% say the same of Quebec, this demonstrates a problematic disconnect.

People in Quebec feel almost no connection to any Canadian provinces, the best connection is with Ontario, but only 12% of the Quebec population said that they have it. Attitude towards other Canadian provinces in Quebec is very cold. Although 42% of Ontarians have a positive and friendly attitude towards Quebec.

People in Ontario and Quebec have unfriendly attitude towards other provinces while other smaller Canadian provinces don’t show that at all. In Ontario 25 – 42% of the people have a bad views of the other provinces, and in Quebec this is 41 – 81%.

All Atlantic Canadian provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island) show a strong connection with each other, also they feel a good connection to Alberta.

Some interesting opinions were found in Quebec among men (67%), who feel hostility from Alberta. This number is much lower (36%) among women of Quebec.

People in all Canadian provinces were asked an important question: are there provinces or regions (perhaps including your own) that give more than they get being part of Canada?

Here is how people answered:

  • Alberta – 32%;
  • Saskatchewan – 16%;
  • Atlantic Canada – 16%;
  • Ontario – 16%;
  • British Columbia – 10%;
  • Quebec – 9%;
  • Manitoba – 9%.

Is It Safe In Canada?

What are your chances of being robbed on dark Canadian snowy streets? What are major life ricks in Canada? To address the safety issue let’s take a look at some numbers and statistics.

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Canada is on 158th place in the world by murder rates (UNODC statistics) with 1.6 murders per 100,000 inhabitants (611 cases in 2016). A big brother just across the border, The U.S., has 5.35 murders per 100,000 citizens (17,250 cases in 2016). Compared to some South American countries (El Salvador, Honduras, Venezuela with 55+ murders per 100k people) Canada is super safe. Most of the western Europe and Asia (South Korea, Japan) is safer when it comes to killings and assaults, but Canada almost the best place in North and South America in terms of the violent crime.

Traffic-related death is another big cause of death in many countries, these numbers are calculated by WHO (World Health Organization).

By road fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year Canadians are standing well with just 6 (10.9 in the United States). Western Europe is a bit better, but Canadian roads can be called safe.

Many major causes of death are health related (stroke, heart disease, infections, etc.). Canadian healthcare has its problems, but it is one of the best in the world (because all countries have problems with their healthcare too). Canada takes 12-th place in the world by life expectancy with both sexes life expectancy equal to 82.2 years old.

There are very few countries with better life expectancy (Switzerland, Sweden, Iceland, Spain, Italy and few others). Every new Canadian immigrant has to go thru detailed medical exam and in case of a major health issue like an infection he or she can’t enter the country.

Robbery rate by country is not easy to find, according to United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2015 Canada rate was equal to 61 per 100,000 people. This is not the best number, it is even higher than Lebanon, Russia, Senegal, Thailand and Kenya. Although we can assume that in many countries robbery is just not often reported due to many reasons; maybe there are no chances to catch a criminal, maybe it is reported often in Canada because people have insurance, so they can get a compensation, or maybe Canadian police is just very transparent as other Canadian government organizations, so they don’t hide numbers and publish everything as it is. In any case robbery seems to be a problem in Canada, but as in The United States chances of being robbed depend on the city and neighborhood.

There is no perfect country in the world.

Despite some local issues overall Canada is a quite safe country, numbers show that Canada is safer than The United States, not to mention troubling South American countries.

Is It Expensive To Live In Canada?

For anybody who wants to move to Canada cost of living there is an important question. How much money do you need every month to be able to live in Canada? MapleDude.Ca will try to answer this question.

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First of all we have to say that for different people comfortable life might mean very different things depending on the place they are coming from and their standard of living.

Canada is one of the world’s developed countries, income, costs, prices and expenses there are somewhat similar to western Europe, Australia and The United States, people who are coming from those places wouldn’t feel much of a difference.

What are basic necessary expenses for anyone?

  • Food;
  • Rent;
  • Clothes;
  • Miscellaneous (phone, internet, transportation, etc.);

In Canada, however, car is very important as in the U.S. Most of the Canadian cities and infrastructure designed in a way that without a car, especially during long and cold winter, live is quite hard.

Let’s start with food. It is actually quite hard to compare countries by cost of living because numbers are very different from city to city. For example according to numbeo.com (great website to compare prices) grocery prices in Toronto are 9.32% lower than in New City.

To be more accurate go to numbeo.com and compare your city with a Canadian city you want to move to.

These are examples of average food prices in Toronto:

  • Milk (regular), (1 liter): $2.08;
  • Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g): $2.45;
  • Rice (white), (1kg): $3.3;
  • Eggs (regular) (12): $2.75;
  • Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg): $13.48;

Many researches give a number around $200 per month per person as average food costs (source). It can be lower if you can find good deals and shop at Walmart, if you cook food by yourself and don’t go to restaurants.

You will struggle in Canada if you have a bad habit of smoking as one pack of cigarettes would cost you $11+. Smoking will add additional $150 – 300 dollars to your monthly expenses.

That is if you buy cigarettes in convenience stores. Today even marijuana (legal in Canada) might be cheaper than cigarettes.

When it comes to rent prices it is very different depending on the location. In Toronto basement for one month can cost you $500, one room in a house would be from $500 to $1000 (kijiji.ca) and if you want to rent one room apartment it starts with $1500. Rent is much cheaper in smaller cities and if a location far from downtown. If you have money to buy a house, you can check this article to see average house prices in different cities and provinces. Getting a mortgage is not going to be cheaper than renting for a new immigrant because of the lack of Canadian credit history.

To roughly round it up let’s say that rent would be $750 per month.

As i said, it can be a bit lower, but it also can be much higher.

Clothes costs are hard to calculate. If you shop at H&M and such places it is not going to be much, $1200 per year should be more than enough ($100 per month), although many people would live comfortable with $600 annual spending ($50 per month).

Minimum phone bill would be $35 per month, internet cost is similar, but it is often included in the rent.

Transportation in Toronto would cost something like $150 per month (A regular adult Metropass).

To sum this up our minimum cost of living in Canada (Toronto) would be from $1185, that is if you don’t smoke. If you find a cheap place to rent, total monthly expenses might go down by $250. Maybe you can save on food too, then total number would be $100 less. If you are lucky to have workplace at walking distance, subtract another $150 from total expenses. So the perfect case would be around $900 per month, but it is hardly possible to go much lower than that in big cities in Ontario.

With $11+/hours minimum wage ($14 in Ontario) and 40 hours per week you can make $2240 before taxes.

Everything falls apart if we consider car expenses and/or girlfriend expenses. Median monthly cost to insure in Ontario is around $125 (but in places like Mississauga it can be $300+), plus gas, plus a lot of things for the car.

All of this is, of course, very rough numbers, MapleDude.Ca estimates. For a single person you can live on $1k quite easily if you are willing to look for good deals, sales and if you are ok with walking. Numbers can be much lower for other Canadian cities, Toronto is one the most expensive ones (but salaries are higher too). In smaller cities rent is much lower, as well as other expenses, but it is safe to say that it is close to impossible to live on less than $500 per month in Canada.

Some people would say that it is very hard to live on $1000 too, if you live an active live, sometimes visit restaurants, go to movies or clubs, this would add $150-500+ more every month.

How Much It Costs To Buy A House In Canada?

If you want to buy a house in Canada for yourself or as an investment, you will find this article useful. Today MapleDude.Ca going to cover prices for houses in major Canadian cities and provinces.

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A good place to check housing market statistics is The Canadian Real Estate Association. According to this organization average house prices as of April 2018 were the highest in Vancouver city (British Columbia) – $1,092,000 with annual growth of 14.3%. Cost of a house in Toronto was $766,000 on average with -5.1% of annual decline.

Canadian Average price of a house in 2018 was around $495,000 with -11.3% decline which might suggest that the market is overheated.

Let’s have a look at more data from other Canadian cities and provinces, here is the average house prices by city:

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Canadian Cities Average House Prices April 2018

Note that any “average” numbers are not always representative, there are cheap and expensive houses in all places. The average value gives only a general picture.

And here are the average house prices by provinces:

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Canadian Provinces Average House Prices April 2018

What Are The Best Canadian Cities To Live In?

In 2018 moneysense.ca published a ranking of best Canadians cities to live in. They based the ranking on their unique methodology which includes a number of factors with different weight, two most important of them are Economy (Jobs, Salaries, etc.) and Affordability (Costs and prices), but the system also considers health, weather, commute, crime, taxes and many other variables.

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This rating might be valuable for people who want to move to another city or for new immigrants. Often we just live where we live for a long time without much thinking only because we were born there or because those are the most popular places for immigrants (such as Toronto). At some point of life many people make a decision to move out so they can find a better job, cheaper property and nicer environment.

Let’s take a look at the ranking MoneySence.Ca did, here are top 10 places in different Canadian provinces:

  1. Oakville, ON;
  2. Ottawa, ON;
  3. Russell, ON;
  4. Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC;
  5. Lacombe, AB;
  6. Milton, ON;
  7. Canmore, AB;
  8. Westmount, QC;
  9. Saint-Lambert, QC;
  10. Halton Hills, ON;

Funny thing, eh? You’d expect to see here Toronto, Quebec, Montreal or maybe Vancouver, but they are far down. Toronto on 16-th place, Quebec is on 121, Montreal takes 241th place and a very popular place for Chinese immigrants, Vancouver, takes 88th place.

Oakville takes top because of its amenities, low crime and wealth.
In terms of healthcare and transportation Ottawa is very good. Russell city in Ontario might be the choice for people who want to buy a property. Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC is the same as Oakville, but its stats are a bit lower. Canmore city in Alberta province made it to the top because of its low taxes. Good to know. Westmount, QC is very good for artists, it is also famous for its pleasant community.

If we check the worst cities to live in from this list, most of them located in Nova Scotia, many in Quebec.

Sorry…

Chinese People In Canada

The total number of Chinese Canadians in 2016 / Drawing, Picture, Info-graphic / MapleDude.Ca
The total number of Chinese Canadians in 2016

Have you ever wondered how many people with Chinese background
(From China Mainland, Taiwan or Hong-Kong) live in Canada right now? Is it 2 million, 1 million or maybe 10?

According to Canadian census 2016 there were 1,769,195 people with Chinese ethnic origin, which is 5.1% of total Canadian population.

How many Chinese people come to Canada every year?

To answer that let’s take a look at the express entry report for 2017. Express Entry is a Canadian immigration program with open statistics. According to this data there were 7,466 invitation issues for people from China to come and settle in Canada in 2017, it is 9% of total number of invitations. In 2016 it was 2,741 people (8%), but in 2016 the total number of immigrants was much lower from all countries.

Invitations issued to candidates by country of citizenship  / Drawing, Picture, Info-graphic / MapleDude.Ca
Invitations issued to candidates by country of citizenship

It worth to mention that The Express Entry is not the only program Canada has which allows to immigrate, so these are not total numbers of people who are coming, a big portion is family reunion and sponsorship.

The total number of citizens from the People’s Republic of China landed in Canada in recent years had a minimum of 19,512 in 2015 and the maximum of 34,116 in 2013.

Source: Government of Canada.

In what provinces Chinese Canadians usually live?

Geographically and historically British Columbia was the place to immigrate from Asia, not only from China, but from Japan and Korea too. Today the majority of Chinese Canadians settle in Ontario.

According to 2006 Census there were 713,245 Chinese in Ontario and 464,800 in BC in 2006.

Canadian provinces with Chinese population / Drawing, Picture, Info-graphic / MapleDude.Ca
Where people from China usually settle in Canada?

Changes in immigration from China to Canada and history

Chinese immigration to Canada started in a long time ago, in 1891 only 0.2% of Canadians had Chinese background and after that for almost 100 years (until 1981) this number didn’t grow much. After 1981 Chinese immigration started to growth, but in recent years it remains quite stable. Note that Statistics Canada considers Taiwanese Canadians as a separate group in all researches.

You can find a brief chronology of Chinese Canadian history here:

The number of immigrants from China grew 63.9% from 332,825 in 2001 to 545,535 in 2011, making Chinese the second largest foreign-born group in Canada.

https://canadaimmigrants.com/chinese-immigrants-to-canada/

How rich are Chinese Canadians?

Another interesting question to cover in this article is how rich are Chinese Canadians? globalnews.ca reported that Canada now #2 immigration destination for rich Chinese after The U.S. Of course not all people coming from China to Canada are very rich, but this report states that Vancouver became #5 city where wealthy people from China want to but property or immigrate (Toronto took 8th place).

It is quite expensive to immigrate in general for a person from any country, cost of living in Canada is quite high compared to many countries, this means that many immigrants in Canada are not poor, not only Chinese. You have to have enough money to live in Canada for a year, this amount is somewhere around 15k, not to mention that cost of education for international students are much higher, compared to Canadians and people with PR (Permanent Residents status).

Most of the people who come to Canada are not poor, it is just China has more people in general, so you see more rich Chinese people as a result.

Why people from China choose Canada?

People from many countries choose Canada as their immigration destination, China is not alone here. According to migrationpolicy.org Canada was #8 immigration destination in 2017.

Canada takes 25th place in the world by cost of living ranking (numbeo.com data), yet Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea actually have higher cost of living, but they are much more populated than Canada. Canada provides good education, its ecological situation is one of the best, medicine is very good as well, so no wonder why people choose Canada. Compared to the U.S. Canada has transparent immigration process and multicultural society which allows people to integrate smoothly.

People on websites like Quora giving many reasons which explain historical Chinese immigration to Canada, for example:

  • Government of Canada requests it. Canada is the country that has 2nd largest land area in the world. Yet, it only has the population of 35 million. Canada needs more people;
  • In the early 1860s, there is a gold rush in San Francisco of US and a lot of Chinese from Guangdong China went for it. Yet in 1882, San Francisco launched an act that expels the China’s immigrants since the population was growing larger and larger. Then it’s said to be found out that there were new gold mine appeared in Australia and Canada. Then China’s immigrants immigrate to Canada;
  • In the late 1990s, some Hong Kong people feared of the handover of Hong Kong from UK to China, so they immigrated to Canada. By the mean time, some Cantonese from Guangdong also immigrated to Canada since the economy of Guangdong is growing better;
  • Captives. Not all the immigrants goes to Canada for their own wish, some are actually passive. During the 1850s, US was trying to build the pacific rail connecting the east and the west of the country, but the locals did not want to do that kind of hard job. So the businessman and the government get the contract workers from Guangdong;

Is immigration from China good or bad for Canada?

For Canadian economy Chinese immigration is not only good, it is great. vancouversun.com points out that:

Most Chinese immigrants are middle-class or wealthy, able to afford big Metro Vancouver houses and be treated as “VIPs” by jewellers and automobile sales staff.

They spend a lot of money in Canada, they bring investments and create jobs. Foreign direct investments (FDI) by China were 1.9% of total investments (8-th place), but many investments by Chinese are not considered to be foreign because they became Canadians quite fast and then spend their saving as Canadians.

It is well known that property market has a huge influence from Chinese money, some people find it troubling due to raising prices, some people even call it a bubble, but after all the fact that many people from China want to own a property in Canada is definitely a good thing. Prices are rising only because private companies can’t build new houses and apartments fast enough to satisfy the demand.

Canadian gambling industry is heavily influenced by Chinese as well as many other industries.

If Canada failed to attract Chinese immigrants and investors those money would just go somewhere else, probably to The U.S. or Australia.

Actually there are already signs that point out a decline of rich Chinese immigrants, betterdwelling.com published an interesting article in 2017 with the following facts:

The top three inflows of wealthy immigrants were the same as last year – Australia, the US, and Canada. Australia saw 10,000 wealthy families immigrate, making it the top single destination. In second was the US, with 9,000 new wealthy families. In third was Canada, with 5,000 wealthy new immigrants. Looking at the chart below, we can see that these are substantial declines compared to the previous year, especially in Canada.

Immigration in general is a huge positive factor for economic growth, especially if those immigrants are educated and rich.

The number of Chinese restaurants and stores in Canada is growing, this creates jobs and growth for Canadians economy. Those restaurants are popular not only among Chinese people, but among all other ethnic groups.

Wikipedia has a list of notable Chinese Canadians which proves that people from China contribute a lot to the Canadian society not only by bringing money, but in many other ways.

Will there be more people from China coming to Canada in future?

It is hard to say. In 2017 one of huffingtonpost.ca employees blogged that Canada should get ready for more people coming from China, but statistics is not that certain. In the last 10 years number of Chinese immigrants in Canada was quite stable. People from China will keep coming, but today people from India come in a much bigger numbers.

If Chinese economy continue its growth and borders will be open, we can expect stable Chinese immigration in future. We may see more elderly people coming from China in future due to “One Child Policy”, but Canada will remain a very pleasant destination for rich and middle-class Chinese.

There going to be more Chinese Canadians, but 2nd and 3rd generation people, those who were born and raised in Canada, very often rightly consider themselves Canadians. Some of them don’t even speak Mandarin or Cantonese. Chinese and all other Asians integrating in western society quite well. Not as good as Europeans (due to language and culture differences), but much better than people from other parts of the world.

That is it for today. This was an original research by MapleDude.Ca website with custom drawings. Later we may cover Korean, Japanese and other ethnic groups of immigrants as well.