Make the Move 2019 - Canada

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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 2019 the year you finally go for that new life overseas?

Over the final five weeks of 2018 we’ve looked at a select group of the countries we work with, and examined why you should make the move in 2019.

During this we’ve recapped some of the major news stories from 2018, what sort of person would be suited to a move, and what the future could have in store.

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 2018?

Canadians are notoriously humble, and that is reflected in the healthcare news that is published in the country. Very little is made of surgical successes or nationwide surveys and reports.

It has been another fascinating year however, with a range of issues and advancements making the headlines.

This started in February, when a report showed that only one in five young Canadians received the Mental Health support they need - despite estimates suggesting that 20% of Canadians will battle mental illness at some stage in their lives.

A month later physicians in the country received global praise, after thousands in Quebec signed a letter objecting to proposals to raise their pay. Citing a lack of patient services and the poor working conditions for nurses and clerks, the selfless gesture left many people wondering whether or not they would be prepared to do the same.

In May we took a break from the news to look at five things you should know about life in the country We then reported on a new national strategy for rare disease, which was launched by Genome Canada - and focused on three key initiatives.

As summer arrived a new report showed that a staggering 72% of Canadian men were leading an unhealthy lifestyle, while 62% had an unhealthy diet. With 70% of men's chronic health conditions caused by poor lifestyle choices, the Canadian Men's Health Foundation were keen to raise awareness of the issue.

Raising awareness of lifestyle related health conditions became a key area in July, with researchers publishing software that could calculate an individual's stroke risk.

Summer was a busy time for news in the country, with things becoming quieter as we moved from Autumn into winter.

Our Five Things to Prepare for series studied the nation - and especially the impact geography can have on a move, before we concluded for the year with our At a Glance guide to life in the country.

Who would be suited to a move?

We think that Canada has plenty to offer most 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. If finances or a warm climate are your main reasons for moving then look elsewhere, but if you're keen to secure a long-term move to a safe, inclusive and welcoming location then it can be perfect.

This can especially suit those who have a young family, or are thinking of starting one soon. 

What does the future have in store?

A move to Canada should be a relatively futureproof one. The political climate is very stable, and funding for healthcare is being increased at a sustainable level. Areas around lifestyle and mental health look set to grow over coming years too - so if that's your speciality then a move could be especially suitable.