Posted by: coastcontact | June 20, 2016

How Do I Move to Canada – Eh?

This move to Canada idea is starting to look like a real possibility with two of the most disliked candidates for president that I can remember.  How did that happen?

Many Americans are threatening to move to Canada after the next election.

An article in the Los Angeles Times titled “Escaping to Canada?” brought to my attention something I have been saying for months to my family. “If Donald Trump is elected president we are moving to Canada. And it might be easy since I was born there.” After all, I have been saying “Eh” all of my life and few people have even noticed.

The Times article certainly did not make the move sound easy. As an expatriate of the United States but keeping your citizenship will require considerable paper work in the form of reports to the IRS. The rest of what was written in the article really isn’t a consequential issue. They have washrooms instead of restrooms. “Aboot” is not something to get excited about.

Just Google the title of this piece “How Do I Move to Canada?” and eleven links will appear. The first is a posting by Air Canada. They really only tell you the air fare and suggest you give it a try by spending a week or two there.

I have not been there in the winter and that is the real test. The temperature reached 10º below zero this past February in Toronto. That was in Fahrenheit.

The warmest part of the country is Vancouver and surrounding towns. The issue there is lots of rainy days.

Then there is the sales tax. A 13% value-added tax charged on most goods and services sold in Ontario province and 12% in British Columbia.

P1000399 edited Vancouver sky line from Stanley Park

Vancouver skyline from Stanley Park. It looks just like another American city.

So how badly do you, will you, hate the next president of the United States?

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