Dear International Students & Immigrants: Why Canada?

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Up until Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s VOGUE feature, Canada virtually doesn’t exist and Montreal is another French-speaking country to Americans. Nonetheless,  international students and immigrants seek out Canada as their number destination to a better education and a more peaceful life.

Canadian actors and actresses and other talents in the entertainment industry continue to grace Hollywood big screens. Without Canada, there would be no Avril Lavigne, Shania Twain, James Cameron, William Shatner, Justin Bieber, Margaret Atwood, no Chris Hadfield to take us to space via social media and we would have missed seeing how tears actually don’t fall up there.

Without Canadians, there will be no paint roller, garbage bag, peanut butter, the (now extinct!) pager beeper, wonderbra, basketball, insulin, telephone, light bulb, the electric wheel chair, wireless radio transmission, IMAX…and more. All inventions originated from the Great White North.

The first country to end African slave trade, Canada builds its core values around multi- culturalism and equality for all. Since the 1700’s, Canada had been accepting refugees with open arms from many corners of the world, from the Polish in 1830, to Italians in 1880, to Ukrainians, Chinese,  Khmer Cambodians, Vietnamese fleeting the Communists to accepting 25,000 Syrian refugees in 2016. Recently in 2018, Canada resettled more than 1,300 survivors of Daesh.

Canada also offers first rate education that is unmatched by any other free nation. By the end of 2017, there were 500,000 international students, tripled from a decade ago. The government has also set a goal of educating 450,000 international students by 2022. Many students come from Asia, Africa and the Middle East because Canada allows a work permit during school. Students are able to supplement their education expenses and gain more work experience.

Canada currently ranks the 7th Happiest Place to Live in the World, out of 156 countries using factors such as life expectancy, social support and corruption. O Canada!