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People Moving to Canada from the United States

Updated on February 7, 2013
People Moving to Canada from the United States
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Canada is a promised land for immigrants from all over the world -- including the United States. In fact, American-born people living in Canada as either citizens or part-time residents number between one and two million, yet Canada's entire citizen population is under 35,000,000.

So why are people moving to Canada from the United States? Here are some answers, along with some history.

Some Reasons Why American Ex-pats Become Canadian:

  • American ex-pats are fond of Canada's established socialized healthcare for all citizens, whereas in America national healthcare is a contentious issue that has been thrown around for decades.

  • Canadian society is much less political and less interventionist during international wars.

  • Canada has restrictive gun laws that liberal individuals prefer.

  • More open territory. The comparison of population per square mile, U.S. vs. Canada, is 33.2/sq. mi. U.S. and 3.7/sq. mi. Canada.

  • Americans who study abroad in Canada earn more points toward citizenship eligibility. For some people their Canadian university experience drives their desire to become citizens.

  • Americans with French heritage are sometimes drawn to the idea of re-establishing life in Quebec, where their French-Canadian ancestors are from.

  • A job offer gives some Americans the exposure of "being Canadian". Their experience motivates them to apply for citizenship.

  • An American meets the love of his or her life who happens to be Canadian. They get married and settle in Canada together.

The most common complaint of new Canadians is usually grief about high sales taxes.

American immigration to Canada is not a new phenomenon

The immigration of people moving to Canada from the United states spiked during the following periods in history:

  • During the American Revolution, many Americans who sympathized with Britain fled the colonies to live under British law in Canada. Thousands of African-Americans also fled to Canada during this time to get freedom from slavery under Canadian law.
  • In the War of 1812, where Americans sought to flee the conditions of war by going up north.
  • During the 1800s, black slaves escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad.
  • The Vietnam War saw many American draft dodgers flee to Canada to save themselves from prison sentences in the states.
  • In 2006, almost 11,000 Americans moved to Canada, the most ever since the Vietnam War.


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  • Pop Culture World profile imageAUTHOR

    Pop Culture World 

    5 years ago from United States

    All good points, Bohemiotx. Canada is a great country. Good to know about the SS issue. I am sure a lot of people aren't aware of that!

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    Joffre Meyer 

    5 years ago from Tyler, TX

    I have lots of Twitter followers in the Vancouver area, so I wonder if I'd be a lot more successful and wealthy if I lived there instead. Plus, I've been a fan of Dr. Richard Florida of the University of Toronto for over a decade. He's the Creative Class guru; talent, tolerance, technology, and territorial assets lead to economic development. In closing, I fear the survey that showed 29% of Americans think an armed rebellion may be necessary! You can keep your SSI in Canada, Mexico, and plenty of other countries.

  • Pop Culture World profile imageAUTHOR

    Pop Culture World 

    5 years ago from United States

    Thanks, Francis!

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    5 years ago from New York, New York

    excellent work! :-)

  • Pop Culture World profile imageAUTHOR

    Pop Culture World 

    6 years ago from United States

    I think the economy is always a motivator for emigration. Since Canada is so close, it is also easy to get there and back! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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    Suzette Walker 

    6 years ago from Taos, NM

    Quite interesting. I haven't thought about Americans emigrating to Canada, but I see it does happen. Some interesting and informative information here. Perhaps the economy is encouraging more American emigration also.


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