UK expats wanting snow as well as sun should head for Canada

Published:  16 Sep at 6 PM
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For UK would-be expats with post-Brexit worries about settling in EU states, Canada is the perfect answer, especially if snow as well as sun is a requirement.

The vast expanses of Canada are no strangers to Britons, as the first UK citizens arrived in the 15th century and have been arriving ever since. Nowadays, ultra-modern cities nestle amongst some of the world’s most dramatic scenery, making the country the perfect place for those looking for an outdoor lifestyle year-round.

Canada is a country of contrasts, with Vancouver and Montreal favourites with expats, and for those who love winter sports, Calgary and Whistler are both world-class hubs and boast hot summers as well as superb snow in winter. Whale-watching and trips to Newfoundland for the breathtaking Northern Lights are favourites with tourists and expat residents alike.

An essential attraction for expat retirees is the country’s high-quality heathcare, and the people are friendly and welcoming. Canada boasts one of the highest immigration rates per capita of any world country, and spends a great deal of time and money attracting even more new arrivals, especially to more remote corners of the country.

Getting accepted as immigrants can be somewhat of a hassle, as visas are issued on a points basis. Criteria for points include age, occupation, language skills – Canada’s dual-language, French/English tradition is geographically designed – and you’ll need to prove you won’t be a drain on the economy.

The most common visas for those still in work are the ‘professional’ and the ‘skilled worker’, and a total of 67 points or more gets you in. For retirees, proof of enough cash to support yourself, including a pension if applicable, is required, and a medical exam is mandatory.

The UK state pension is payable, but won’t be upgraded annually unless a miracle happens and that particular UK rule is changed. Routine vaccinations are required, plus rabies if you’re planning to live in a region where you’ll come into contact with bats and carnivores known to carry the deadly virus.
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