The Number of Americans Moving to Canada in 2006 Hit a 30-Year High

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The number of U.S. citizens who moved to Canada last year hit a 30-year high, with a 20 percent increase over the previous year and almost double the number who moved in 2000.

In 2006, 10,942 Americans went to Canada, compared with 9,262 in 2005 and 5,828 in 2000, according to a survey by the Association for Canadian Studies.

Of course, those numbers are still outweighed by the number of Canadians going the other way. Yet, that imbalance is shrinking. Last year, 23,913 Canadians moved to the United States, a significant decrease from 29,930 in 2005.

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1. Cabbages wrote:

Of course, the US has 302 million people give or take and Canada has abut 30 million.  About .0036% of Americans moved to Canada last year while about .073% of Canadians moved here.  Much more relevant figures than the absolute numbers, given the size disparity…

August 1, 2:55 pm | [comment link]
2. azusa wrote:

A former Prime Minister of New Zealand was once challenged about the number of Kiwis departing for Australia. He replied that each one who left raised the average IQ of both countries. Don’t know how this applies here ...

August 1, 3:03 pm | [comment link]
3. Reactionary wrote:

On behalf of the United States, let me offer to Canada as many of our labor organizers as she wants.

August 1, 3:16 pm | [comment link]
4. Greg Griffith wrote:

Just curious… is Alec Baldwin among them? And if not, then why not?

August 1, 3:48 pm | [comment link]
5. Bill in Ottawa wrote:

I think it might be that Mr. Baldwin can only get a temporary workers permit. If he wanted to stay here, he’d have to invest in some sort of business.

But seriously, much of the flow of people to the US from Canada is because of an odd difference in the tax laws that really benefit Canadian professional class workers, like me. Our post-secondary system is good, not great except for certain centres of excellence, but generally good. It’s also much less expensive to get a degree in engineering, medicine, dentistry, nursing, commerce, etc than in the US for the same quality of education. On top of that, our student loan interest is tax deductible. So our employers, knowing the normal debtload of new grads, offer an appropriate salary.

Same happens in the US. The difference is that a doctor here has an average student loan burden around $80,000 ($0 in Quebec if you agree to serve 5 years in a rural clinic after residency). My nephew has started in dentistry at Indiana (a reputable school) and calculates his eventual debt at $450,000.

On top of that, we Canadians do not have mortgage interest deductibility. So it is very attractive for Canadian professionals to take jobs in the US. The NAFTA exemption makes it very attractive and easy for US companies to hire Canadians. One friend moved from a high-tech job here in Ottawa to one in Boston, with approximately the same complexity and level of responsibility. His salary more than doubled. He came back with enough cash to buy a house outright.

Our socialism is more of an outgrowth of the co-op movements of Western Canada than the Communism of the 20s and is therefore more conservative than the US media makes it out to be. There is significant influence by the labour movement, of course, but labour here is not that radical because the members here mostly know that squeezing the boss too hard moves jobs to Tennessee or Guadaloupe.

I grew up with a US airbase in my back yard in Labrador. I love many things about Americans and many things that I don’t. They are the best neighbours in the world, but I sometimes wish they’d turn down the volume.

August 1, 4:26 pm | [comment link]
6. APB wrote:

“moves jobs to Tennessee “
And we thank you for sending the jobs our way!  We are getting a lot from Japan as well.

August 1, 4:35 pm | [comment link]
7. Philip Snyder wrote:

Bill:  “...but I sometimes wish they’d turn down the volume.”

So do we!

YBIC,
Phil Snyder

August 1, 4:40 pm | [comment link]
8. Words Matter wrote:

I’ve always thought that being Canadian must be rather like living next door to the Simpsons.

August 1, 8:34 pm | [comment link]
9. Wilfred wrote:

The booming oil industry in Alberta is a draw, but most workers drawn by this will follow commodity prices, when they inevitably go south.

August 1, 9:05 pm | [comment link]
10. Ed the Roman wrote:

Given the population disparities, per capita migration north would have to 300,000 a year to make it even.

August 2, 10:58 am | [comment link]
11. Bill in Ottawa wrote:

I agree Ed. What is also obvious to me is that the vast majority of the citizens of both countries are quite happy with where they are. And mostly appreciate their good neighbours. (Even if we spell funny)

August 2, 1:03 pm | [comment link]
12. libraryjim wrote:

Every once in a while, I check the library job openings in Canada.  I’d love to live in the Maritine Provences, especially the smallest, Prince Edward Island.  I have fond memories of my visit there 20 years ago.  But I don’t like the political scene up there, and it would be a difficult adjustment for this Christian, conservative, Republican to make. wink

August 2, 3:25 pm | [comment link]
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