The cost of lliving is less in Canada than in the UK. My daughter lives in the UK and says that most things are quite a bit cheaper in most parts of Canada, especially gas and housing.To apply for a work permit you need to check the Canadian immigration site. There are a number of routes to getting a work permit, and you need to decide which is the best route for you. It depends on your situation and your qualifications. There are a number of criteria related to immigration. It is much easier to immigrate to Canada if you have professional qualifications, though getting them recognized for work in Canada may not be easy. Here is the site that can get you started. It is a long and sometimes complicated process. Best of luck with your plans.
It is not such a simple matter because the cost of living in Canada varies widely. Remember that Canada is a very big place.It also depends on what you think comfort is. Some people don't mind the winters here while others cannot abide by even the slightest dusting of snow. For instance, winters are very long and cold in parts of the prairies while places like Victoria and Vancouver usually don't see snow and have chilly and very rainy winters.The same variations apply as far as summer is concerned. Can you cope with humidity in July that leaves you wilting on the sidewalks? Some places have hot and very dry summers which may be more to your liking so you would really need to narrow down your desired living place somewhat.Okay, that's climate; now there is the matter of employment.While it is true that our economy is faring much better than that of the US (we don't offer mortgages at below prime interest rate), that doesn't mean our streets are paved with gold and that it snows money. What kind of work would you be looking for anyway? You state that you will be graduating shortly, but graduating with what? If it's a science degree, you will have a much better chance of finding a job within your field than if you were graduating with a general arts degree, so you would have to be prepared to work for awhile in a field that isn't necessarily in your area of expertise.All of these play a role in determining, at least partly, where you live.Finally, it takes a long time to immigrate completely to Canada (a few years, anyway). I would advise you to check out the Canadian government's immigration website to find out what you need to come to Canada. Worry about cost of living after you have determined what your chances are of success.Good luck!