Canada is a little bit more expensive than the US in terms of living. U cant really by much with a US dollar as it now is in pair with that of Canada.I don't know about retirement plans but I do know that once you get old you want to get free health care where ever you are. (its much cheaper than that of the US) Its cold for like 7 months but it snows like 4 months( the coldest) Its warm to hot the other 5 months. And yea its humid.The economy here, well lets just say its more stable than the one the US has right now. Don't know about truckers but this is a country that probably has more unions than any other country per capita.
You can see price of homes at _http://www.mls.ca/ and rent at _http://www.bwalk.com/Healthcare is paid by your tax money so as a resident, you would have a health card, you go into a walk in clinic or to a doctor and pay nothing. You need a referral to see a specialist and you may have to wait if your problem is not considered high priority, again, don't have to pay. If you have to go to the hospital, surgery whatever, you again don't have to pay but you may have to wait for surgery that is not considered high priority, say you will not die from it. You do have to pay for medications and dentists but you can get supplemental insurance for that and many workplaces offer that in their benefits.Weather depends on where you are. You can use _http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/stateâ€¦ to look at averages for different cities in Canada. Vancouver is very similar to Seattle. Toronto gets cold in winter, hot in summer and really humid. The prairies get cold in winter, hot in summer but dry.Economy varies but in AB and BC, there is shortage of workforce so it must be good. Very easy to get a job. Shortage of truck drivers ;)I don't know about truck drivers and we do have unions.
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Well in response to the previous post, no you will not be worshipped as a god as an American!However in a nutshell, minimum wage in Ontario is 8$, taxes are slightly higher but we have a national pension plan, and health care is completely free to all Canadians. In Ontario, where I live near Toronto, it is quite hot in the summer, and cold in the winter. Comparable to New England. In places like British columbia it is mild year round, closer to Seattles climate.We do have unions, absolutely.The economy here is much strong than the US economy. We have not had a mortgage crisis as you have had there.That's about it in a nutshell.