Is it a good idea to immigrate to Canada?
I shifted to Canada 9 months back after leaving behind a comfortable life in India. Let me try to provide my perspective:
Is it a good idea to immigrate to Canada?
That entirely depends on you.
If you are one of those who heard that currently, Canada visa (work permit/PR etc) is the easiest one to get so let’s shift to Canada. Please rethink and I would advise drop your decision to immigrate here, at least for now.
Canada job market is good but not that great where you will land up here and will find a decent job right away. There are many people who recently came here and looking for a job and that made it quite competitive. You have to struggle a bit, as well, in terms of language (depends where you will land - Quebec region is French dominated and others are English dominated), in terms of weather (Canadian weather is bit harsh - Summers goes upto 35–40 degrees and winters upto -30 to -40 degrees) .
Also, once you are here, you will observe complete change in your lifestyle (that’s applicable everywhere, if you just change your country) and that would surely make you uncomfortable at least for first 6 months.
So if you are thinking to just arrive and find a job or stabilize your life here, you have to struggle atleast for 1 year in terms of everything (lifestyle, climate, language, home sickness (if you have) etc) and still no guarantee.
You already have a job and just thinking of shifting to Canada for better lifestyle or for financial stability:
If this is the case, you won’t find any problem settling here. You will thoroughly enjoy. You just have to come with open and adaptive mindset. Canadian people are welcoming, there is very very less crime here (at least what I noticed), it’s fun place (there is something or the other going on every weekend in the entire year), medical is free, education for kids is free, good work-life balance, better lifestyle etc etc.
I would suggest, don’t think twice in this case, apply for immigration and I think you wont regret it (just the personal opinion).
Which is my case. You and your wife/girlfriend/family is working in your home country. One of you is leaving the job and taking the risk of finding it here and other is shifting with a job.
My wife has been working in my home country for 7 years in IT and we together were earning a decent amount with a comfortable life . She left the job and came with me with the sole purpose of financial stability.Frankly, with the above case, I shifted to Canada BUT with a backup plan. We researched quite a bit before coming here and trust me majority of the time people were cribbing about the job market here (not anyone’s fault, its the situation each individual face). We were scared a bit but then thought of taking the risk. We agreed mutually, that she would be giving us 6 months to look for a new job. In these 6 months, her job would be the highest priority. No partying, no travelling, minimal home setup - just devoting entire time finding her the job. She started contacting people on LinkedIn (who belongs to Canada and in her field of expertise) even before coming here and continued after coming here, even when she was on dependent visa and work permit application was in progress. In short, she became addicted to job portal/websites.
Eventually , she was able to find a job after 4.5 months from arriving here (even though we are in French language dominated area and she don’t know even a single French word). Those were not the easiest 4.5 months since we were struggling with language as well as the harsh winters which was new to us but somehow, things got in place. Now, its been 9 months we are in Canada and the things started settling down - financially, emotionally etc. We started enjoying here.
We had a worst case plan as well, that if she wont find any job in 6 months, she will be moving back to my home country, will join the new job back there and meanwhile will try to arrange some skype/telephonic interviews with the Canadian companies. If it works out, then perfect else I will go back in a year. One reason of planning it this way is that we never thought of shifting here for the entire life. Just some few years to experience this beautiful country and will head back to the base location.
So it entirely depends on you. Just one personal experience thing to mention - Whatever decision you take, try to turn it in your favor one way or the other but don’t regret your decision - everything happens for a reason. If things are not in your favor, just learn from it and it will definitely be useful somewhere in your future.