Ask Sherry: Why did I choose to live in Canada?
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Why did you choose to settle down in Canada instead of, let’s say, the USA? I’m neither Canadian nor American. I was just curious about that.
I wrote about living in France versus Canada / U.S. (some great clarifications and corrections in the comments by readers, so please take the time to read that)
- Healthcare is prohibitive there for freelancers; you need to be an employee
- I did not want to become and employee, and freelancing rates are lower there too
- I did not love the way people worked and were being treated (no vacations? heartless lack of severance pay or help if you are in trouble? under the table slave wages? unacknowledged skilled immigrant labour force that is then treated like crap?)
- Canada is far less extreme (especially now) and not quite as fervent in views on both ends (left and right); I like a sort of middle, stable country even if it is going to be less dynamic.