Remunerated Statutory Holidays – In Canada, employers offer wages to their employees even on national or statutory holidays. In the US, a company pays its staff on holidays by choice – it isn’t required by law.
Apart from that, Canadian workers and permanent residents enjoy paid maternity leave. The case is different in the US because the country offers a 12-week unpaid maternity leave to new parents. In Canada, new mothers can enjoy 35 – 61 weeks off work and still get compensation through their Employment Insurance (EI) policy.
Canada is more welcoming to immigrants – As mentioned earlier, Canada was initially home to immigrants. A recent worldwide survey indicated that Canada is the world’s most hospitable destination for migrants.
Understanding The Express Entry Program
Canada’s Express Entry program is more lucrative to US residents because it offers over 100 immigration gateways.
The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) uses the Express Entry program to manage permanent residency applications through three immigration classes:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Under each class, applicants are assessed based on their age, work experience, French and English fluency, and education. Points are awarded according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), and high achievers get Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residency.
Additionally, Canadian provinces also leverage the Express Entry program to bolster their labor markets based on their economic needs. They can, therefore, nominate candidates for permanent residency under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
The Road to Canadian Citizenship
Immigrants who move to Canada and get approved for permanent residency are eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship.
Applicants need to show that they have lived in the country for at least three years (1095 days) in the last five years. In fact, 85% of permanent residents manage to become Canadian citizens.