October 22, 2016




  1. Hello All

    This an interesting article with various points of views in the comments, which I read all through.
    It seems that vast majority are from India, but I am from Kurdistan of iraq and I have master in business law from Newcastle university uk. (No British passport), now I am working with an international company in kurdistan and piad well based on where I leave. I am thinking to immigrate to canada, but I am afraid I never be able to get a professional job there and stay my entire life struggle with low income. I am 31 years married and have 2 kids.
    Off course my home country and canada is not comparable in any way, but some times I am saying leaving as a middle class in this mess might be better than living as a very low class in the heaven of canada.
    Do you think I can survive in canada? I don’t dream to be rich, no even here I just like reasonable life for my family.
    So in canada what kind of jobs I have to do and for how Long ?

  2. I am a Canadian Citizen living in the USA. I agree with the post by the family from Dubai. If you have worked 30 years already, then it is fool hardy to migrate to any new country and hope for a job. You are competing with young folks who all mostly have an MBA and have done several interns with various companies. Laws are different and every profession need certifications. I came as a student to USA and worked in Canada as a youngster
    Yes, there was discrimination when I was looking for a job. But I had a Ph.D and an MBA from Wharton, U.Penn. Those were days when we did not have Internet, so it was more challenging. My advise. If you have already worked 3 decades, you should retire, rather than resettling in another country. You should embrace “Enough is Enough”

    • I agree with Kash. I am not an immigrant, and was born in Canada. I have ancestors who were immigrants. Even in Canada, for those of us who had it “easier” we have to know when enough is enough. I worked with a lady who was a respected teacher in India for 30 years. She and her husband came for a “better life” for their children. The lady was a house cleaner, and felt a tier lower than being a teacher back home. Their children felt resentful that they had left a life where their family had respect. Careful of saying you will come to Canada for a better life. For some it is true. But… if you have a good career back home, be very careful. By the way, I love being around immigrants and feel right at home with them. All the best to you all.

      • Hi Jill, this is Sneha from India.. was planing to expand my business recruitment business in Canada what do u think is thr any scope. wud b very greatful if u respond back. as i am little worried after reading these above post.

  3. i am mechanical engineer having 5 yrs of experience as a maintenance engineer in india now days i am thinking to migrate from india to canada for batter future and life and i am still confused what should i do, did i get a decent job there or not and all.

    • Mechanical engineering is hard to find job in Canada because most of the jobs in Canada are in service industry. IT or Medical professional are doing well here.

  4. I am pakistani citizen and working as Manager and draws heavy salary…after reading this article I must say DO NOT BLAME CANADA for your failures…I am ready to work anywhere bcz I have to think for family my son future…the only thing which disturbs me is long travel hours or long flights…otherwise there is no country in the world serving as paradise for you.. Being muslim I really respect and care about Canada…so much loving people and respect for human for a person for a life…forget money forget status forget your self esteeem….
    Come to Canada for a peaceful quality life

  5. This is the story of one family, but there are thousands and thousand of families gone to Canada and be blessed or prospered. You can not judge something with one testimony.

    • I am one of the blessed people that can never understand the ones that cry. I am a 45 Yrs old nurse, came to Canada in 2000 straight from Israel. Took me two years to get all the education and the licence in place time when I worked a minimum paid job. I found job after job later on and feel blessed to be here. Can I ever say enough “Thank you , Canada for accepting me??? To the people who came from Dubai- u made a good move. Dubai is in recession and fired many foreigners . Now if u want to think of options, you would have been sent back to India. Maybe u would have enjoyed India better , I can’t judge this since I’ve never been there. To me and millions of other people Canada is a blessing. I don’t live a high life but I live a very comfortable life, my children are enrolled in very good schools, we live in peace and surrounded by people who apologize to me if I bump into them by mistake. By far the nicest people on this planet. I am beyond thankful for everything I have and for the life I live.

  6. That’s a joke then you should have just stayed in your “tax free” income job in your own country. why come to the western world?

  7. Hi,

    I was in the US decades ago and came back to India because of visa issues. I have traveled to quite a few countries but I must admit that there is no place to settle down like the North America! I just can’t believe that life in Canada sucks!


    • The person in this this article is too old to move to a new country. Having over 30 years of experience, this person must be over 50 years old. At this age in Canada, we are glad if they still have a job because company like younger work force. Cheaper and easier to train. Living in Canada over 35 years, I can see that older people are harder to enjoy life in a faster country.

  8. Hi..i am prasad ..age 27 yrs ,I have 3 yrs experience in banking.Am planning to migrate to canada for better prospects.Kindly suggest .Iam looking for apply CANADA PR.Is this right decision.

  9. Hii…I’m from india,2 6 year old..I’m working in defence forces in india as a soldier. D getting around 40k but after spent I’m able to save 15k.d gave 24 hrs to his organization .nw I’m doing this job bt sm tm I find it very boring same mental pressure work for whole day d don’t hv any tm to cm from that..
    I hv my big dreams as better life style, better payment , cars d luxurious life..
    If I wl remain at my present job I wl not find it ever d god me this life once to live nt to pass… I want to go Canada for work. As I wl get in a construction company. D got around. 4k c$ d wl get company’s accoaccommo dation d food…

    4×12= 48k c$ (2496000 inr)
    If I wl spend 75% of the money then I wl gt around 600000 per annum safe with good life…

    Pls suggest me..

    • Please refrain from giving your job details on public platforms. Being a soldier is a proud achievement and makes us all proud of you too.
      There is no harm in having ambitions, but be loyal to your present employers and don’t put em down in public forums. All the best

    • Being an ex Indian soldier, I can confidently advise you to run for your life. No point risking your life in a corrupt system.

      I moved to Canada and work in a clerical job, but earn far more and feel appreciated. I no longer have to risk ny life or the lives of my men for corrupt politicians.

  10. Don’t move to canada then. We’ve had enough of you smelly turban headed dark stinkies coming over here and eating up all our ‘citizen’ services. Keep your asses in india or pakistan or whatever other third world toilet you originated from. We don’t want you!!!

    • That’s rather uncharitable comment, Dan. Would Canada still be what it is without all that was contributed in the 20th century by these so called immigrant labour??

      • Immigrant labour depresses wages. 30 years ago I was earning $14 per hour. Bought a car cash and insured it. Today the same job pays $10 per hour and you are dreaming if you can buy a car cash and pay shelter. The first people to feel the pinch are the older immigrants with children when new waves of immigrant labour are brought in. Wages don’t go up but the cost of living and taxes keeps going up. The Vancouver anti-Chinese riots of 1886 were prompted by the engagement of cheap Chinese labour by the Canadian Pacific Railway, they laid off thousands of Canadians, men from the rest of Canada and stranded them in Southern British Columbia starving. The men took it out on the Chinese. Mass immigration doesn’t benefit Canadians or immigrants, it causes resentment and division. It benefits big business.

    • Dan, the problem is you guys have to clean up your “white” toilet by your own arses…that’s the reason you have the sheer cold audacity to come up with regretful words like these…pure shame.

    • I think, Dan u r in some sort of a Canadian toilet, where u r forced to eat people’s shit, and drink their urine in broad daylight, these third world people are the one’s growing your country’s economy, or else u would have still been a ragamuffin in some Canadian dumpyard.

  11. I am an immigrant who landed in Canada some 4 months back (2016). Whether i was plain lucky or I am talented doesnt matter, but frankly I got my first Full time job in my very own profession in about 1 and half month (45 days). Canada is a largely regulated country and we need to understand that half of the most common professions here need a license. This is good to maintain quality. However, those of us who land here without caring about the license requirement end up spending a long time getting them. As an example, I recently met an MBBS doctor who said that his license takes up to 2 years. Point is, Canada has people coming from so many countries that the government doesnt give you permissions to perform critical professions (health, etc) without you convincing them that you are up to their mark. My profession is non regulated (I am into marketing and nobody dies if I make mistakes – so I dont need a license). Also, we need to understand that canada doesnt have a population as much as India. so professions and their responsibilities wont be as segregated as we have in india. As an example, an Indian HR recruiter will only be a recruiter in india. but in canada, due to lack of people, he will have additional responsibilities. If he or she is prepared to take up that, he will be a good prospect.

    If you are coming to canada you MUST be open to be flexible with your roles.

    And heres what you get in Canada:
    1. Extremely good work life balance (more family and personal time – people work for their life, they dont live for a job )
    2. Medical health, safety and schooling is taken care by the government (overall the government is like your parent – they try to ensure that you live happily)
    3. Everything in the city is designed for senior citizen and differently abled. (all footpaths have a slope, every staircase has an alternative arrangement)

    Whats not so cool:
    1. Taxation(takes a toll – usually 20-30%)
    2. People may find it slower than an Indian set up(own sweet time..!)
    3. No manual intervention in many cases (we asians are used to get everything done by people and rely lesser o automation – in some cases, there are absolutely no people to help you, eg: parking lot – you have to park at the right place and ensure it doesnt offend others .. but no one will tell you whats right and whats wrong).

    • Hi, Ameya. Your article is very inspiring and motivating. I am looking forward to move to Canada. I am also a marketing professional in India. Your story is great and your analysis is absolutely perfect. Can I seek your guidance while moving to Canada and how to make myself prepare for this career and location transition?

    • Why can’t taxation be so cool…. all the money that you pay towards you taxes goes towards your medical/schooling/roads… for the same things that you have mentioned in pros….

      what you see there is your money… so take care of it :)

    • Hi Ameya,

      Thank you for your article!

      I felt very good reading it. It is very positive and realistic. You made my day. Now I too can look forward to immigrate to Canada in the future.

  12. Hey all ! One thing is for sure, no country builds your dream…why should it ?? it’s your dream you work for it and believe in it so it happens. I live in Ontario and every ON driving license plate has a message for you ” yours to discover” you may be living here for years but did not catch this simple message. You make your own paradise. Keep the faith. There is no shortcut to success!! God bless Canada

  13. I am 52 years working in a government engineering company . I am an engineer by qualification and have been working for 30 years now . However I had a dream of living in Canada for many years which I want to realise now by migrating . Will life be very tough for me? Will I be able to land a sustainable job ? At present I am in upper rank of my company. Is it a wise decision to do so?

  14. Hi,

    I am originally from India but i work in Dubai. I work in a MNC as a Business Development Manager here and the job pays me quite well. I am here in Dubai since past 5 years. I am now thinking to apply for migrating to Canada as no matter how many years i work here in UAE, one day i would have to go back to India. I forgot to mention i am 27 years old and not married. Please suggest is it a good decision to migrate to canada.

  15. I’m sorry your Canadian experience hasn’t been good. I’m going to make a guess, that you settled in Toronto, or possibly Montreal? Certainly one of Canada’s larger cities. Canada is ENORMOUS. (second biggest in the world, 2nd only to Russia) 90% of the people live along the American border and the other 10% are scattered across 90% of the country, and I am of the latter group. If you would get out of that southern area/big city, you would likely do much better. There are many small cities and towns in the middle and the north that need good, industrious people. Those with plans and ideas and some money to get started. The farther north you go the more this is true. And also, the farther north, the more welcoming people are of immigrants, especially those that are willing to work hard. I know plenty of people with the name of Singh and Sidhu that have become rich and successful.

  16. No offence to anyone But different people have different views.

    I moved here in 2010 from India. Me and my wife. Both my kids are born here. Getting a job in starting was a little tough bcz they look for Canadian ecperience. At some points it is right too bcz the countries we come from and here, tge work culture is quite different which I have experienced. We people do not have excellent customer service and team skills. We are more individuality oriented people. So that needs to be improved. Doctors, teachers etc… I have seen the difference… Ofcourse Canada will prefer who are educated here first. Our backhome teaching and med standards dont match here… I mean Doctors and teachers attitude… Here we all are equal. Doctors dont treat you like shit. But all fungers are not same. People who adapt work culture here, i have seen them coming into their profession after qualifying.

    Also depends in which province you move to. A proper home work is required before moving. I came here with barely 10k$ in my pocket. Was ready to start from zero. Today i am financially well stable in 6 years. Kids are going to good schools. Its true that life is hard but ehh… Was it so easy back home? If it was then those people have luxuries, positions, money and servents… Dont need to move here, specially when you are 45+ in age. You wont be able to adjust here. Youngsters compariyively adapt culture and new place faster. They have enthusiasm and zeal to do hard work.

    This country is for hardworking and ready to do anything kind of people. Today many people are thinking of leaving earth and preparing for Mars… So it is ur own choice… Be ready to adapt to new world or stay whereever you are. Blaming a country is wrong.


  17. I am 35 years old and working as a Manager in a Customer Care. Is it a wise decision to move to Canada. I am ready to start my career from the scratch but how is the market for customer service and do they take Indians if they are willing to join as a team leader or agent.

    Planning to move in alone and after Indians a job planning to take my 4 year son and my husband along.

    Please let me know your suggestions n opinion since I need to decide basis your comments.

    • If you are willing to do anything and not complain, then go ahead. If anyone moving to Canada is willing to do anything to survive and not complain, he or she will survive. Now whether it will be a wise decision depends on many things. One, if you are doing fine currently, then you should be careful about taking any decision. Two, you must be ready to do odd jobs before you could possibly find a job in your field. Third, people should think hard when they think of migrating to another country after the age of 35.

  18. Hello I am an Indian.My family is planning to move to Canada.After reading all this I need to rethink about my moving to Canada.I am not very sure about it.Please can someone suggest something?My sister is already working in a bank in Delhi and I am pursuing my graduation course.We have a good life here. Should I really rethink about moving to Canada? Cause I don’t want such a life. Please can someone answer me?

  19. One more thing I wanted to ask.Is there any scope in the law firm or law jobs.I am currently pursuing political science honours from Calcutta university. Is it very difficult to get a law job their if one pursue the associate degree of legal administrative community college in Canada?Please I need your opinions and suggestions .Thank you :)

  20. I can relate to the author. I immigrated long time ago (1991) but I think the basics is still there. They always require 2 things: Canadian education equivalent, 2) Canadian experience. How to implement those makes the difference. But some guys have the luck so there will be comparison and resentments. Best of luck to the author. I hope your luck is just delayed and you will have it soon.

  21. Hi,
    I am a Doctor (MBBS) from Bangladesh and am Studing MSc Public Health in the UK. I worked in my country for 2 years as a medical officer in a NGO health service delivery project before coming here in the UK. My visa will be expired after one day of my study completion. In the meantime, I have started the processing for submitting application for Canadian immigration under federal skilled categories. My question is, should it be the right choice for me and is it possible to get job in public health field?

  22. Oh Please. I immigrated to Canada 14 years ago and found a job in my field within 6 months and rose in my field where today we are well settled even though we live in one of the most expensive cities in the world (Vancouver). Yes moving to another country requires you to make adjustments when I came here I was prepared to take a couple of steps down and start afresh in my field. From your article, it sounds like you did no research at all before coming to this country. How is it that you didn’t realise you would have to reinforce your teaching license? How is it you didn’t read up on the education industry in Canada? For someone in the education field, that’s a serious flaw.

    I came from India and I took my struggle as a challenge and a way to prove to myself.

    Canada is a fool’s paradise for the ill prepared and for the entitled.

  23. What are the scopes in the health care industry in Canada? Should I think about shifting my focus from law jobs to health jobs? Which field gives you a better scope with a handsome salary among these two? Thank you

  24. I am an Asian who has arrived in Canada in the beginning of this year. I am 32 years old male. I have MBA from Chicago Booth and CFA. I have worked at highly prestigious international firms in Europe and UK – PWC, BCG and Deutsche Bank. My English is fluent. And yet I have been totally unable to get any job offers in Toronto and will be soon moving back to my home country.

    Before coming to Canada I knew all those horror stories about poor immigrants not being able to find good jobs in Canada. But I thought the same would not happen to me because I had all the credentials. BIG MISTAKE!

    I have the credentials: Chicago MBA and CFA, work experience at PWC and BCG, etc but they did not help me in the least! I am better qualified than most my Canadian born peers but it does not matter.

    I applied to senior roles at big banks, publicly traded companies, and consulting firms. I got no replies. Ok, I thought, I have no “Canadian experience”, so maybe I need to take a step or two down. No problem, I thought, I am prepared to pay the price for the opportunity to start a new life in such wonderful country.

    So I started applying to some roles for which I was overqualified. I got some interview invites. And what did they tell me in the end? “You are too accomplished, too experienced, you are too good for us! You deserve better, good luck!”

    Seriously. One well-meaning hiring manager spent half an hour telling me that I would easily find a senior position if I applied here and there. I could not tell him that the best position I was able to get an interview invitation for in many months was this position that he denied me for being “overqualified”.

    When I read articles such as this one in the past, I was alwayes surprised by the level of resentment in the comments. I often found this phrase repeated many times by different people: “coming to Canada was the worst decision in my life”.

    But now I understand. I can say it with 100% certainty: coming to Canada was the worst decision in my life. I have wasted almost a year of my life. I have wasted all my life savings (I have a wife and two children and we spent a lot of money in Toronto because we maintained the lifestyle that we are used to).

    I am sorry to say this. I don’t have any hard feelings about Canadians. Canadians are very nice people. I fell in love with Canada. I love the infrastructure, I love people, I love Toronto, I love healthcare and education here. But something is very wrong with the Canada’s immigration system.

    I have two explanations. Number one: Canada’s economy is too small. Canada looks big on a map but it is a small country. Smaller than Ukraine or Poland. And its economy is based on natural resources rather than hi tech or manufacturing. The economy just does not generate enough high paying jobs for all high-skilled immigrants who come here very year.

    Number two: there is less meritocracy here than for example in the US. In the US if you know your stuff well you will be appreciated no matter your skin color or where you were born. Not so in Canada. In Canada you have to have “Canadian experience”. How many major Canadian companies do you know that are managed by minority CEOs? I know none. Compare this with the US where scores and scores of major corporations across all industries have foreign born CEOs.

    I like Canada. But I am full of deep resentment about this country. This experience has been very painful for me. I feel like I was deceived and betrayed.

    • This comment might end up saving me a fortune and loads of misery so god bless you. I am the same age as you with similar qualifications and experience but only in a different industry. Even our family sizes are similar.

      Some 6 months back I decided to immigrate to Canada or NZ. Soon after, I realized I would have enough points to get accepted. In fact, in NZ, I would get auto selected. So about two months ago, I started applying for jobs. So far, I have not had one interview. In most cases, my applications are simply ignored. Mind you, these are for positions that I have been working in for the past 6 years.

      I started doubting myself until I applied elsewhere like the US, UK and Dubai. The bottom line is, I am not convinced I will no longer even consider emigrating to these countries unless I have a job offer.

      I don’t fully agree with your assessment of why things are so bad but I don’t think I know the answers myself. All I do know is the shortage of skilled workers in all the different industries and categories are misleading. If there was a shortage, why I never get shortlisted with them but other countries without a shortage interview me.

      Obviously I spent some money on the paper work, but nothing compared to losing all your savings. I wish the best for your future.

      • I am from NZ and have been here for the last 16 years or so… I would say when you come overseas please do not bring your exp. here..
        NZ is not US so don’t compare..they want people with exp. in nz as people here want people like them… the reason why they ask for qualification is to make sure they get good applicants.. remember its not them asking you to come .. you are coming at you own will with a myth that education/health infrastructure and such services are free….NO ITS NOT..ALL THIS MONEY COMES OUT OF YOUR POCKET ITS TAKE AWAY BEFORE EVEN YOU GET IT… Asian countries are not used to it as they don’t pay their fair share or it doesn’t go for the development of the country.. here it does..so you see good parks/toilets/houses/roads..hospitals etc….

        Again if you are skilled healthcare/doctor/construction/electrical/plumber with NZ license you don’t need much of communication… and you can make good money

        All industries are protected here for locals first then for migrants which I feel is the right way and its same it any country you go.

        Even in US its the same story…. remember that US migrants are 3/4th generation and NZ only have 1st generation migrants.. so the struggle will be there…

        Again NZ has made their immigration tighter as they don’t want more migrants here as house prices have soured to a million here…..

    • Can you please advise why despite studying in Chicago business school you could not get visa to work in USA and could have led to a a green card?

    • Attention Rafael

      Can you please advise why despite studying in Chicago business school you could not get visa to work in USA and could have led to a a green card?

    • Totally agree with you I have lot`s resentment coming to Canada and I gave to many years to this country which is full of empty promises.
      Today also even have a job here is not enough to afford a good life because the expensive rent and price apartment of the property !!
      Many professional people are leaving the country and the Propaganda of Canada is more visible than ever. In Italy next October 16th there will be a meeting at the Canadian consulate to encourage professional to come and work to Canada !!! I know many people with P.H.D because they did not study in Canada after the Canadian Embassy give points for the P.H.D …..well they end up to drive e Taxi !!?? Personally after 16 years I am going back to Europe and yes coming to Canada was not a big mistake for me because I worked in my field but I should not stay here so long that`s was a big mistake ! PS. Healt care and education is a sucks compared to Europe !

  25. Just be grateful you have a Canadian passport now and whole world is open to you ! be thankful you even entered Canada .. I have been trying for years now with no luck, and with fear of being deported back to my war zone country every day !! its a terrifying unsettled life and I wish it to no one ! reading your topic made me laugh with pain ! you should appreciate that you have a country no that won’t kick you out any second and deport you back to hell. Pray for me !

    • Sara, can you please tell us which war-zone country are you from? Because your IP address shows your region/country as Puerto Rico which is unincorporated US territory. How does Puerto Rico become a war zone?

    • If you come as a refugee from a real war zone with no where else to go Canada may have some appeal, for anyone coming from any first world country (especially Europe) not so much….by the way Canada play its part (i.e. (arm sales) in the destabilization of the middle east contributing to the creation of war zones.
      I totally agree with the OP, Canada is a fool’s paradise, spent 3 years there, left as soon as I could and never looked back…I count my lucky stars holding my European and US passports

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