Do a search for "TN Visa". If you both have degrees that qualify, you can look for jobs in Canada. Then while you are working you can apply for landed immigrant status. It takes about 3 years.The housing market never boomed now busted like in the USA as the Canadian banks thought sub-prime mortgages were a stupid idea and did not offer them.However the two most desireable cities, Vancouver and Toronto are also the most expensive in Canada. The rest id fairly cheap.Do note that except for the area around Vancouver, the rest of Canada is has sub-arctic conditions several months of the year and -40F temperatures are not uncommon. The weather in most of Canada is the same as Minnesota.As for wages, they are comparable to the USA. Taxes are indeed higher but you make it up on cheap medical insurance. Most employers just pay it as it is only about $100 or so for a couple per month. Free in some provinces. It works out about the same for the middle class overall. Middle class Canadians have a fine standard of living. as good as middle class Americans.And the job market sucks right now.If you want to live like west cast Canadians, consider moving to Seattle instead where you do not have to go through any immigration hassles.
You'll find the standard of living in Canada to be much the same as it is in the US. There are some differences in exactly what proportion of your money goes where, but it kind of evens out. Someone told me today that her American relative is paying $700 a month for health insurance for an adult and 2 children. About the only thing most Canadians would pay that much for every month is a mortgage or a nice car. That woman would pay about $100 a month in BC where I live, and less or even nothing in other provinces or depending on her income.Any place here would be fine for a couple of Americans. I'd choose based on climate, job opportunities, and maybe distance from relatives you'll want to visit.However, I hope you realize that you'll have to apply to immigrate and it probably won't happen fast, though if your occupation is in high demand, it could.Housing market is generally soft but showing signs of life. Prices didn't plunge dramatically here as they did in some parts of the US, and in most areas you don't find the range of prices that you do in some US places. We don't have deductible mortgage interest as you do, but when a principal residence is sold, we never pay capital gains tax on it even if we make a million bucks on it.
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People are needed in all medical fields, so you are in a good position, but your husband, not so good to tell the truth - check out the links for BC for medical personnel. Wages are pretty darn good too
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Others have given you very good advice on places to live while a couple of others have also rightly mentioned the fact that you would both need to apply to immigrate and that it wouldn't happen quickly.The wages and standards of living here are close to what you see in the US; however the job market here is very very bad at the moment. We have hundreds of thousands of our own citizens who are out of work and many of them are EKG technicians and computer professionals. That means that what few jobs there may be left will not go to foreigners.My advice for both of you would be to just stay where you are for the time being. Things are just not good here economically. It isn't that you yourselves would not be welcome but that now is just not the time to try and immigrate here.In the interim, look through _http://www.cic.gc.ca and read through the whole website. That will give you a clearer picture.
You can get a good idea of the housing market through _http://www.mls.ca Pick a community and the kind of home you are looking for (bedroom and bathroom #, garage, fireplace...). Just remember to convert the price to US to get an idea of what it would cost. In 2005 my 2000 sq ft home with a fire place, 3+1 bedrooms, two bath and a double garage in Edmonton went for $180,000 ($163,000 US). Now that the housing market has taken off it's about $300,000 ($273,000 US) even though the market has softened. It was higher before the recession.Your skill set would probably command anywhere from $25 to $34 an hour. To see what jobs are available in British Columbia take a look through some of the health authority job posts here: _http://www.ctabc.ca/employment.htmlAnd as far as the taxes being high because of the universal health care we have here...don't go by what you hear on the one sided and biased commercials playing in the US now. You guys are being fed a bill of goods by the health lobby against public health care. Our system provides a basic level of care for all and we don't need to mortgage our homes for basic health care. My daughter was born and spent two weeks in the NICU and all my wife and I had to pay out of the $134,000 bill (we got a copy of it mailed to us by mistake) was a grand total of $10 because my wife was in a private room when my daughter was born and the private room wasn't covered. The $10 was the difference. Everything else, including the helicopter flight to the Pediatric NICU was covered by our basic health care that we pay for through taxes BUT health care is not the only thing our taxes go for.As far as the wages go, I'm in our military with the equivalent rank of one of your E7s yet my wages are about double. In general I think our wages are pretty good. Just for comparison sake, a US cop in NY gets $31k a year and one in Los Angeles gets $47k a year. Thats a basic patrolman. In Toronto the same level cop gets $76k a year ($69,000 a year US) PLUS they don't get shot at as much. lol
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