Life in Canada vs Europe:
Must-Read Before Immigration

It is not easy to decide to move to another country. It is even more difficult to decide which country to immigrate to. You need to do a lot of research before taking the decision and choosing the best immigration agency. 

If you’re living in Europe and thinking of immigration to Canada, let’s compare the main aspects of life in Europe and in Canada.

Healthcare Comparison


One of the main conditions for obtaining a residence permit or citizenship in most European countries is the purchase of a medical insurance policy.

There are 4 categories of health insurance in Europe:

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In Canada, there is unified medical insurance - Medicare.

The first three categories are voluntary, but all four can be private or public (social).

Each person pays for insurance independently of their budget. 

Several states establish a contribution in the form of a certain amount, while in other countries citizens pay a percentage of their income.

The main advantage of insurance is that the policy opens the doors for you to the best clinics (public and private) in Europe while allowing you to significantly save on treatment costs. 

Health care delivery systems (and the percentage of free services provided) also vary significantly across countries. 

However, in any case, having insurance, you receive the highest quality medical services, and pay much less for them (in some cases, do not pay at all).


Life expectancy is 82 years. 

In a poll conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 89% of Canadians said they consider themselves perfectly healthy, a record figure.

There is unified medical insurance – Medicare. 

However, each province and territory issues its health card, which can only be used within the administrative unit. 

Of course, in another province, they will not refuse help, but you will have to pay for it entirely out of your pocket. 

The only exceptions are emergencies with a direct threat to life – then money will not be taken even from an immigrant without insurance.

Economy Comparison

In the midst of the coronavirus, it is difficult to compare the economic situation of different countries, but let’s take the most general indicators and compare the data for 2019.

Check the slideshow below to compare economic development of Canada, Italy and the average for EU countries.

All countries find themselves in a difficult economic situation due to coronavirus
National Income
Canada - 51 158
European Union - 47 607
Italy - 46 083
Canada - 51 494.0
European Union - 46 810.0
Italy - 44 217.7
Unemployment rate
Canada - 5.67%
European Union - 7.4%
Italy - 9,6%

Living Quality Comparison

The World Happiness Report is an annual publication of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

It contains articles and rankings of national happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be.

Click on the country name below, to discover its ranking.

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Quality of life is an important parameter for feeling comfortable

The 11th place 

The 30th place

The 43rd place

The 60th place

Education Comparison

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Higher education is important for further successful career

The level of education is all-important if you are moving and want to continue your studies or if you are moving with children. 


The advantage of Canadian school education is diversity and freedom: the child himself adds most of the subjects to his schedule. 

The Secondary School Diploma is issued after passing a certain number of compulsory subjects and elective disciplines.

You can get higher education in from a college or university.

The college provides mostly practical skills. Students study for 2, 3, or 4 years, after which they receive an applied bachelor’s degree.

Universities provide a classic academic education and offer great opportunities for research and development.


European universities are the second most popular destination for international students after the United States. 

In some universities in the UK, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany, the proportion of foreign students is about 10-25%, and this figure is constantly growing.

The top popular specialties are:

  • business and management,
  • engineering,
  • programming,
  • sociology,
  • medicine (Top Universities, 2018).

In European universities, education is conducted according to the Bologna system:

  • 3-4 years of bachelor’s degree
  • 1 year of master’s degree. 

Masters can continue their studies in graduate school and receive a Ph.D. 

As a rule, in Europe, they try to give the maximum amount of knowledge in a short period so that the student can start working faster.

Work Opportunities for Foreigners

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Working in Canada is a great way to boost your career. There are many opportunities for skilled workers.

We are one of the largest industrialized countries in the world, in which production is expanding from year to year and its economy has been in constant growth for decades.

High growth in Canadian manufacturing and construction has led to a shortage of professional labor in the local labor market.

To meet the labor market requirements, our government has approved the Foreign Labor Hire Bill, which allows major Canadian employers to hire foreign workers in a variety of manufacturing and service industries.

There are many in-demand jobs in Canada for foreigners in all provinces. Provinces with the greatest skills shortages are:

  • Ontario,
  • Quebec,
  • British Columbia,
  • Alberta,
  • Manitoba,
  • Saskatchewan.

Every year thousands of foreign workers from all over the world receive work visas.

One of the most popular choices of immigrants is getting healthcare jobs in Canada: nurses, doctors, therapists and so on. 

There is a shortage of specialists in this area in many Canadian provinces. 

Therefore, foreigners with a nursing education have a wonderful work and immigration opportunity.

Foreign nurses can move with their families. 

Children will attend a Canadian kindergarten, school, or college. 

The spouse will receive a work visa and will be able to legally work here.

In the past few years, many nurses have immigrated from Europe, in particular from Serbia.

The monthly salary of a medical worker in Italy is approximately 2000 euros before taxes.

So you can calculate where it would be more profitable for you to work in your specialization.

Ultimately, everyone chooses the country to move to based on personal criteria.
It is very important to have reliable information at the time of making a decision.
We want to help you and answer all your questions before the immigration process starts.
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