As reported by The Huffington Post, a recent HSBC survey ranked Canada first among the best countries to raise your children. It is followed by countries like the Netherlands, Australia and the United Kingdom.
What is the reason behind this top spot? Let’s explore with me!
Although the study is part of a more extensive survey, to rank each of the nine countries participating in the “Raising Children Abroad” segment, more than 5,000 expats were asked the following questions: asked in three categories about life in their new country. Includes questions about children’s safety, education, amount of time outdoors, and how well children settle into new environments. Here are just some of the findings taken from the expats in the survey who moved to Canada:
- One in five expats surveyed said they would rather stay in Canada than move to another country or move back home.
- 40% of expats report that their children spend more time enjoying the great outdoors.
- A whopping 45% of the parents responded that their children were more involved in sports, and this filtered out the parents, as 25% of them said they were also active play more sports.
- The report shows that foreigners’ social integration is very high, as nearly three-quarters of the group (70%) said they feel integrated into their new country.
- More than half (62%) of those surveyed feel Canadians are friendly people.
- Expats praise the standard of accommodation in Canada, with 48% responding that the standard is higher than what they have in their home country.
Some other reasons
While not included in the HSBC survey, here are some other reasons why Canada is a great place to raise a family:
According to the Globe and Mail, Canadians are some of the most highly educated globally.
Multiculturalism is an integral part of Canada’s foundation. According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 86% of people in a recent poll believe multiculturalism is critical to Canadian identity.