Making the Move | Canada


Fraser Clarke

It’s at this time of year that many people start considering (or in many cases start re-considering) the idea of a move abroad.

A new year brings with it new hopes, a fresh start and the opportunity to do something you’ve been hoping to do for a while. So why not make 2018 the year you finally go for that new life overseas?

Over the final six weeks of 2017 we’ve looked at a select group of the countries we work with, and examined why you should make the move in 2018.

During this we’ve recapped some of the major news stories from 2017, looked at the health issues facing the country, what sort of person would be suited to a move, and what the future could have in store. So read on, and join in the conversation on social media using the #OdyMTM2018.

In the final installment in the series we’re going to taking a look at Canada, a country that is considered by many to be the most friendly, and welcoming in the world.

What Made the News in 2017?

Canadian’s are notoriously humble, and that is reflected in the country’s healthcare news. Unlike locations in the Gulf little is published about surgical success stories or innovative ideas, with a focus instead placed on quietly and effectively getting on with the job in hand.

We did bring you some news however, starting in March. After Canada topped our online poll asking where our followers would most like to call home, we looked at the return of Mumps to the country - with 19 cases reported in just three months.

Also in March Bridges Health in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, became the first company in Winnipeg to offer mental health first-aid training.

Later in Spring Smoking rates in Canada continued to drop, as better education about the health risks related to tobacco, and new laws and taxes, convinced more and more people to shun the habit.

The drop between 2015 and 2016 was a modest one, just 0.4% however, meaning that approximately 5.3 million (17.7%) of the country’s 35 million strong population still use tobacco on a semi-regular basis

In June plans were unveiled aimed at banning junk food advertising that targeted children in Canada, an idea supported by many within the sector.

A month later doctors at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital saved a newborn from a range of potential cardiac issues, by operating on him whilst he was still inside his mother’s womb.

The year ended with Canada coming sixth overall in HSBC’s ExpatExplorer report - with expats loving the high quality of life and tolerant, inclusive society.

What are the Biggest Health Issues in Canada?

Diabetes - An estimated nine million people in Canada suffer from the condition, and rates have almost doubled since 1998. Some cases are genetic, but the vast majority of new diagnosis are type-2, meaning that they can be linked to lifestyle issues. Rates in the country are lower than in the Middle East, however the growth rate doesn’t appear to show any signs of slowing in the future, meaning the country could face an increasing battle with the condition.

Heart Disease - There are many contributing factors to cardiovascular illnesses; diet, weight, age, race and family history can all play a part, but the risk for Canadians is rising. Lifestyle choices like smoking have played a major role in this and, although the smoking rate has now dropped, it still plays as big a role as any other factor.

The positive news is that the youth smoking rate in the country is dropping, however as this figure gets lower childhood obesity rates have started to soar - with recent statistics showing that they have tripled in the past 30 years. Obesity increases an individual's risk of heart defects by almost 70% and, as a result, the country looks set to battle cardiovascular problems for many years to come.

Multiple Sclerosis - Canada has the highest rate of the autoimmune condition in the world, and it is still not known what causes it. It is estimated that over 100,000 Canadians are living with the condition, which is most commonly detected in those between the ages of 18 and 40. Incredibly Canada’s rates of the illness are 28% greater than in the second highest placed location - Denmark.

Who is Suited to a Move?

We think that Canada has plenty to offer lots of groups in society, however as you’ll likely start off working in a more rural setting we think it’s ideal for someone looking for a long-term, permanent relocation.

This can especially suit those looking for a safe, secure place to call home, and who have a young family, or are thinking of starting one soon.

What Does the Future Have In Store?

Whilst the United States struggles with division and political instability, Canada is quietly continuing to remain a safe, secure and stable location to call home. The country’s economy is in a good condition, and as a result a long-term move is unlikely to face any major hurdles.

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