How to Choose the Best Canadian Province to Immigrate to

What province should I choose for immigration to Canada?

Hard question, isn’t it?

Don’t worry – you’ve come to the right place where to find the answer.

We’ll give you an overview of all provinces, so that you compare them and decide where to start your new life in Canada.

Also, we’ll give you tips on how to understand which province is the most suitable for you.

So, let’s dig into your question in more details. 

How many provinces are there in Canada?

Canada has ten provinces and three territories.

You probably wonder what’s the difference between provinces and territories. 

It’s simply the matter of power and organization: provinces have their own governments, while territories are ruled by the federal government.

For you it doesn’t change anything – all provinces and territories are open to immigration. 

Let’s have a look at all of them: 

political map of Canada
Canada is a big, spacious and diverse country.

Ontario

Famous for: Niagara falls, Great Lakes, rapid economic growth.

Big cities: Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton.

Top industries: manufacturing, biotech, automotive.

British Columbia

Famous for: high living standards, high average income, diverse local food.

Big cities: Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby.

Top industries: engineering, agriculture, natural gas and mining, forestry.

Alberta

Famous for: national parks (UNESCO world heritage sites), large oil and gas reserves.

Big cities: Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer.

Top industries: construction, oil and gas, mining, finance, real estate, agriculture.

Manitoba

Famous for: high living standards, high average income, diverse local food.

Big cities: Winnipeg, Brandon, Steinbach.

Top industries: manufacturing, transportation, biotechnology, IT, tourism.

Saskatchewan

Famous for: diverse wildlife, gorgeous architecture, Athabasca Sand Dunes.

Big cities: Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert.

Top industries: meat processing, agriculture, manufacturing, oil and gas. 

New Brunswick

Famous for: warm beaches, excellent seafood, giant lobsters.

Big cities: Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton.

Top industries: aerospace, manufacturing, marine, forestry, oil and gas.

Nova Scotia

Famous for: coal resources, lobsters, beautiful lighthouses.

Big cities: Halifax, Sydney, Truro.

Top industries: agriculture, manufacturing, finance, film and TV production. 

Prince Edward Island

Famous for: red sand beaches, PEI National Park, large production of potatoes.

Big cities: Charlottetown, Summerside, Stratford.

Top industries: aerospace, bioscience, fisheries, IT, agriculture.

Newfoundland & Labrador

Famous for: mix of cultures (English, Irish, and French), rich history.

Big cities: John’s, Paradise, Mount Pearl.

Top industries: mining, real estate, construction. 

Nunavut

Famous for: Arctic wildlife, Northern Lights, winter sports.

Big cities: Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Arviat.

Top industries: fishing, hunting, mining.

Northwest Territories

Famous for: Wood Buffalo National Park, small population, diverse wildlife.

Big cities: Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River.

Top industries: tourism, fishing, hunting.

Yukon

Famous for: mineral resources, small size.

Big cities: Whitehorse, Dawson City, Watson Lake.

Top industries: energy, fishing, hunting.

Quebec

Famous for: European atmosphere, gorgeous architecture, large francophone community.

Big cities: Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa-Gatineau.

Top industries: manufacturing, mining, engineering, telecommunications, tourism.

So, how to know which province is the best?

To make a really good choice, you need to do a bit of a research beforehand. 

Or, you can just ask an immigration consultant – a real professional will easily evaluate your goals and suggest you a few best places to choose from.

In any case, we suggest you to follow these few steps when looking for  the best place where to immigrate in Canada.

Nurse and businessman walking, text 'Step 1 Check where your profession is needed'

Different provinces and cities have different needs for foreign workers.

You need to ensure that your selected province will have enough job offers to choose from.

  • Let’s say, a management job in finance, accounting or real estate is easier to find in big cities, like Toronto, Vancouver or Montreal.

  • If you are looking for foresting or fishing jobs, you should check remote areas further from big cities. For example, New Brunswick or Yukon would be perfect.

  • If you are not confident in your English skills, but speak good French, check out jobs in Quebec. Chances are, you will find more French-speaking jobs there.

Simply search for the most updated job vacancies online and compare the numbers in different provinces. 

Choose the province where you know your profession is needed the most.

two houses and text 'Step 2 Plan your accommodation'

One thing you should know – Canada is a very big and diverse country.

When it comes to cost of living, it’s very diverse too.

Prices for accommodation differ across cities and provinces, and we strongly recommend you to check them in advance.

First of all, decide what kind of housing you want to live in: house/apartment/studio etc.

Then, look up prices in different cities and choose the one that seems affordable to you.

Let us give you some examples of rent prices:

 

Montreal (Quebec)

🏠 1-bedroom apartment: $1,500+ per month

Charlottetown (PEI)

🏠 1-bedroom apartment:  $700+ per month

Vancouver (BC)

🏠 1-bedroom apartment: $1,450+ per month

Whitehorse (Yukon)

🏠 1-bedroom apartment:  $950+ per month

As you see, prices can be twice higher in some places, as opposed to other.

Also, think of the environment you would like to live in.

Would you prefer a quiet place surrounded by nature or a busy dynamic megalopolis with many bars and fun places around?

This is also very important for your choice.

Passport and document with a checklist and a red check, text 'Step 3: check immigration requirements'

It’s obviously a very important step.

When you select a few provinces you are interested in, check out which immigration opportunities it provides.

We suggest you to choose 3-5 options, explore different opportunities and not focus on one province only.

Each province and territory has its own immigration programs and so-called immigration streams.

To learn more about each province and its PNP (Provincial Nominee Program), just search below:

If you don’t seem to fit into any of the PNP requirements, don’t worry.

There are other ways to move to Canada, besides Provincial Nominee Programs. 

You can explore Federal Programs, Express Entry system and other alternatives.

Ask an immigration consultant – after an eligibility assessment, you will get a report with the best provinces and immigration programs for you.

Want to try something fun?

Take a fun quiz and discover which province is the best for you.
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