United States vs Canada- which is an overall better country to live in?

My boyfriend and I currently live in New York City, but my boyfriend has told me that in the future, he would like for us to move to Canada. He has spent a good amount of time in Canada and he thinks that it’s a better place for a family to live. Less crime, less crap from the government, better schools for children, etc. I don’t mind moving to another country if it’s a place where my family and I could potentially live a better life. I have never visited Canada, but we plan on going in the fall. As long as I’m comfortable, I don’t really care where I live.

I just have a few questions for people who live there. My boyfriend is away on a business trip and I can’t wait another few days to ask him. 1. Is the food pretty much the same? If I walk into a supermarket in Canada, will I see the same kinds of food that the U.S. has? (I obviously love food lol). 2. Is learning the French language mandatory? 3. Are the same television shows/programs on in Canada as here? 4. Are there any large chain retail stores there like Macy’s and JCPenney? 5. Is there anything else that you would like to tell me about Canada?

Thank you!

Canada is overall the better country.

1. Yes, you’ll find most of the exact same brands found in the US.
2. Only for school children unless you move to Quebec where the majority of francophone (French speaking) Canadians live.
3. Yes, US networks are simulcast alongside Canadian ones and Canadian networks carry a lot of US content.
Here’s what you’ll find with one major cable provider: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Rog…
4. There’s the Canadian equivalents.

As for other stuff, here’s the rundown on basic need-to-know stuff:

Canada’s rated as being/having:

-The world’s best advanced economy.
-The only G7 nation fully recovered from the global financial crisis &amp: recession.
-The world’s soundest banking system.
-The world leader in educational attainment.
-The world’s most tolerant country.
-The world’s friendliest nation.
-The world’s most welcoming country.
-The world’s top country brand rating.
-The world’s best country for business.

Canada’s also rated as being:

-One of the world’s 10 safest countries.
-One of the world’s 10 most peaceful nations.
-One of the world’s 10 happiest countries.
-One of the world’s 10 least corrupt nations.
-One of the world’s 10 freest countries.

Canada rates better than the US in all those categories.
In specific comparison to the US, Canada has:

-More civil liberties than the United States provides its citizens.
-More economic freedom and a freer economy.
-More property rights.
-More privacy rights.


-Canada has the world’s 2nd highest quality of life (Australia’s currently #1.)
-Canada’s Triple A credit rating was reaffirmed, not downgraded.
-Canadians are healthier and live years longer than Americans. (We have universal healthcare.)
-Canadians are wealthier than Americans (higher median net worth per capita.)
-Contrary to US myth, Canadians pay fewer taxes per person.

If you’re currently living in NYC, you might find it easier to move to another large city.
Toronto is Canada’s largest, and though smaller than the Big Apple it’s even more diverse.


I can speak from personal experience. I was born in New York, lived in Florida, and now live in Vancouver BC, Canada. No one has a better idea than I do. Don’t listen or fall into a lot of the stereotypes about Canadians &quot:eh&quot:.

First off, much like the U.S., Canada is very different province to province (state to state in the U.S) East coast is very different than west coast. The eastern side of canada is much more &quot:French Culture&quot: oriented. If you were thinking of moving to Montreal, QC I would say a couple of French lessons wouldn’t be a bad idea. Vancouver, though really has taken a lot of U.S influence, especially since it is starting to turn into the new &quot:Hollywood&quot:. Lots of big movies and tv shows have been filmed there, just for your reference:

Once Upon A Time
The Never Ending Story
Night At The Museum
The X-Men Trilogy
The Twilight Saga

just to name a few…

So as far as popularity and beauty, I would say there is nothing bigger than Vancouver. All of the stores and food are pretty much the same if not identical. Pretty much everything that is in the U.S. has a counterpart in Canada. (i.e. Target=Zellers, Macy’s=The Bay, CVS=London Drugs)

Personally I had a tough time dealing with the economy in the U.S., and since I have moved here there has been much less stress. However, taxes are higher here, so that is something to keep in mind, but minimum wage is much higher so it evens out. Television is the same (Roadrunner/Direct TV=Shaw and Telus. As an &quot:East Coast&quot: boy, I actually prefer living in the West Coast. I love the people and the overall feel of people’s attitudes. Unfortunately, no matter where you move you might have a tough time getting settled, but I know moving to Vancouver and getting my citizenship was the best thing that happened to my wife and I…

And contrary to what people are thinking…I have nothing against the U.S. as I am neutral and I actually worked in Law Enforcement in the State of Florida, but all I can speak of is my living conditions and how they got much better when I made the move. I will always have a place in my heart for New York though.

Hope this helps,


Okay, first things first, Canada is not a third world country or overseas for that matter. A lot of American companies own retail stores, food franchises and the like. You don’t have to learn French. It’s definitely not mandatory. We generally have the same programs on tv because we get our shows from there for the most part.

I love living in Canada. I’ve been to seven different countries and I can easily say Canada is the best (with Italy a close second). You won’t regret moving to Canada.

I’m going to disagree with what someone else said about Canadians not being close to our politicians. I knew the Members of Parliament, I’ve met two Prime Ministers, I’ve met a few premiers and other members of office. And no, before anyone asks, I do not live in Ontario. I live in beautiful British Columbia.

I’d pick Canada anytime though having been born here, maybe I’m biased.

Food is the same, though Canadian stores don’t seem to have as many aisles for junk food and there aren’t so many chain restaurants. Don’t worry about it. You’ll eat just fine up here. Maybe better.

Kids learn French in school. Other than that, if you live in Quebec it would be smart to learn French. In most of the rest of the country, you won’t hear French from one year to the next.

TV in Canada is more American than not.

There are large retail chains, though none of the higher end department stores. There won’t be as much choice, particularly in clothing, and prices are higher. Some of us Canadians solve that with a couple of cross border shopping trips to Ross Dress for Less.

Basically, people in Canada live the same kind of life that Americans do, using many of the same items. Standard of living is probably a bit higher in Canada on average. I know I have never seen terribly poor areas in Canada to the extent I have seen them in the US. I’d say we have more people who are comfortably somewhere in the middle, with fewer people on the high or low end.

I think Canada is safer. The average citizen doesn’t own a gun. Only hunters, target shooting enthusiasts and criminals do. If you get in a road rage incident, the chance that the other guy will pull a gun is almost nil. Canadians are, on the whole, a little more live and let live. We mind our own business, not everyone else’s.

You know, I have read a thousand questions like this, and ten thousand answers. For two countries that are close in size, meaning very large, that are not at war, with each other, and that have indoor plumbing, for most citizens anyway, it would be up to you, and what you are wanting out of life. I usually &quot:hang out&quot: with a certain Canadian that just answered you, and have known many Canadians over the years. And been to Canada. Really, we can all wait until Alberta is dug up for oil tar sand, and the U S builds that pipeline, and we will all be rolling in money. Me, I pine for Australia, but the United States and Canada stand strong. I cannot help but notice that no one ever asks if they should leave the U S for French Guiana, or Haiti. It is always Canada/U S/Australia/New Zealand. And Great Britain. Sheesh.

The food is pretty much the same,
French is mandatory for students until grade 11 if they want to get into uni and I highly recommend further education in the french language.
The Tv shows are mostly the same
There is retail stores like JCPenney’s but they have different names and what not
Also, I live in southern BC and the summers are very warm for about 2 months and winters are cold for about 3 and the rest of it is rain. Although that varys on far you are above sea level and other things.

Overall – Canada.

Less crime, longer life expectancy,less racism, less obesity, better economy, lower drinking ages, universal health care, more rights like same-sex marriage. Canada is officially bi-lingual that means both English and French are official languages of Canada. Everything you buy may it be a box of cereal or a can of beans will have english writing on the front and french on the back.

There are the same shows, but there are also different Canadian shows on TV. Of course there are large retail chain stores. Canada does not have Macy`s or JC Penny though. Also you might not know but the US is one of very few countries that still use mph, in Canada its kilometers per hour, as with litres instead of gallons. Words are also spelled differently.

1. – there are different brands, and some suggest a bit less overall selection in Canada, but, the food is pretty similar. I suspect there would be more &quot:international&quot: foods available here, even in small places, as we are a country of immigrants, much more than the USA is.

2. No! For a Federal job, at a certain level (Executives) you need to be bilingual. Military officers do, and certain other jobs require it, but, no: most of Canada speaks English.

3. Canada has all the US channels, plus Canadian ones. Our rules have 4 minutes fewer commercials per hour to. And, there is a lot less censorship in Canadian tv.

4. Yes. Different brands again, but, yes.

On lists of the best countries to live in, Canada is regularly at, or near the top. It pretty much always beats the USA on every list. The only advantage to living in the USA is that it is easier to become very wealthy. You can become rich in Canada too, but, we have a larger middle class – less rich people, but, less poor ones than in the USA as well. We are a lot healthier, as you can see a doctor for free. Our education system is good, and standards are not only high, but, universal. Unlike the US, universities here are very similar in standards. There is less crime – more government though. I’m not sure about less crap, but, government intervention in lives is actually greater here. But, we want it that way, and it is less of an &quot:us vs them&quot: system. I actually know my local MLA (like a State congressman) by his first name, and he knows me. And, most of the people in his riding (district). We are a lot closer to our politicians here I think.

Food: US has a bigger variety
French: you are not required to learn the language but schools teach it starting in grade 3 and need 1 credit in high school to graduate
TV: pretty much the same
Shopping: many American stores are opening up here
We have free health care for Canadian citizens!!! Walk into any hospital or clinic. And our beer is stronger ( I don’t drink beer though)

Caelesti, I agree Canada, though you may have more grocery lines, we still aim for fresh. French would help in Quebec, we have cable and Satellite, so you talk to the companies the Chanel’s you select, but we get a load of US programing up here.

Yes we have places like Winners, and Zellers, which will change to KMart soon, Walmart, that sort of stuff.

I’m in the US but have plenty of relatives up in Canada.

Canada is way better than the US in my mind except in terms of weather (but your from NY so your used to it). My relatives up there who don’t have nearly a high job as mom are set when they retire cause their retirement benefits are so much better. Free healthcare – very important. They actually get paid for maternity leave and right now I think that leave that lasts for like a year (though don’t quote me on the exact amount of time). I think you have to become a citizen first to get that maternity leave though so do your research if that interests you.

Food, depends on where you live I think. Just like in US, bigger cities have better food. Chinese food in toronto is fantastic.

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