This question is part of an age-old debate between the two largest nations of North America. The societies of both Canada and the United States hold the view that their own country is the better place to live. Generally, neither country knows all the facts about what the other country has to offer. So, which is better: Canada or the United States?
Canada’s 2019 gross domestic product (GDP) was $1.73 trillion, while the United States reported a GDP of $21.4 trillion.1 While the U.S. is a much larger superpower in terms of the economy, the incomes of citizens are much more closely aligned. The U.S. Census Bureau reports the median income for U.S. families at $68,703.2 In Canada, the median income for 2019 was $62,900.3
Taxes can also be a key differentiator for the two countries. While U.S. federal income tax brackets span from 10% to 37% for individuals, in Canada, tax rates are between 15% and 33%. However, in the U.S., singles making over $40,526 annually pay 22% in taxes, whereas Canadian singles making less than $49,020 only have to pay 15% in taxes.45
According to the website numbeo.com, the cost of living is higher for Americans than for Canadians. The Numbeo Cost of Living Index estimates that consumer prices in Toronto are about 24.05% lower than in New York City, and Toronto’s rent price is approximately half the price of renting an apartment in New York.6 This Index looks at rent, groceries, restaurant prices, and local purchasing, which are all higher collectively in the United States ($ in USD).
|U.S. vs. Canada: Cost of Living (all prices in US$)|
(New York City)
|Rent (monthly) for a 1-bedroom apartment||$3,070.29||$1632.49|
|Monthly utilities (electricity, heating, cooling, water, garbage)||$156.04||$141.85|
|Bread (1 lb)||$3.65||$2.08|
|Chicken (1 lb)||$6.01||$4.87|
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||$20.00||$16.27|
|One-way Ticket (Local Transport)||$2.75||$2.64|
|Taxi (1 mile)||$3.00||$2.62|
|Pair of Levi’s Jeans||$62.97||$60.18|
|Pair of Nike Running Shoes||$90.18||$87.78|
Spending time with your children as they grow up can represent a great financial need of parents. How does each country support new mothers and fathers?
Canada has mandated leave and benefits. The government supports this through provincial employment insurance.7 The program includes both mothers and fathers. Benefits paid could be up to $595 per week.7
The United States is less progressive in this area. The U.S. offers some support under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). FMLA can allow for 12 weeks of unpaid leave.8 Individual states also have their own laws.
The United States has the highest healthcare costs in the world. Per capita, individuals can expect to pay approximately $11,172 annually.9 This compares to an annual average of $7,064 for Canadians.10
University can be another large expense in a person’s life and puts many students deep in debt. The United States tops the list for countries with the most expensive university costs, with Canada coming in fourth.11 The average annual tuition at a ranked, in-state public college in the U.S. is estimated at $9,687, while the average annual tuition at a private college was $35,087.12
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, undergraduate tuition, fees, room, and board were estimated to be $17,797 at public institutions, $46,014 at private nonprofit institutions, and $26,261 at private for-profit institutions.13 In Canada, the average annual tuition at a public college in 2020-2021 was $6,580 Canadian dollars.14
Montreal is the largest city in Quebec, Canada where many residents are bilingual, speaking both French and English. In fact, according to Census Canada 2016, 20% of Canadians claim French as their native language.
Climate and Culture
Both the United States and Canada are large countries spanning from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean coasts, meaning their climate and culture vary greatly by state or province. As a whole, the United States is more densely populated and warmer than Canada, being nearer to the equator.
Can I Live in Canada If I Am a U.S. Citizen?
As long as you apply for the right kind of citizenship—whether as a skilled worker, student, or unskilled worker—you can keep your U.S. passport while living up north.
Is It Cheaper to Live in Canada or the U.S.?
Overall, it is cheaper to live in a metropolitan city in Canada than in the United States. Of course, this depends based on the city you are looking at and your income tax bracket.
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Entertainment Tonight Canada to end after 18 seasons
Canadian media company Corus Entertainment has announced it is ending flagship entertainment program Entertainment Tonight (ET) Canada after 18 seasons.
“The costs of producing a daily entertainment newsmagazine show in a challenging advertising environment have led to this decision,” read a statement posted on the company’s website on Wednesday.
“We recognize the impact this decision has on the dedicated team who have worked on the show and we thank them for their meaningful contributions over the years.”
The show’s final episode will air on Oct. 6, with reruns airing in the same time slot on Global TV until Oct. 31, a Corus spokesperson told CBC News.
The cancellation won’t impact Corus’s obligation to produce Canadian content under the rules set out by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the spokesperson said.
ET Canada’s website and social media platforms will also be shut down. The spokesperson declined to comment on how many people had been laid off as a result, but said the program’s hosts were impacted.
The network said it has no plans for another entertainment news show.
An hour-long, magazine-style show that focused on entertainment, celebrity, film and TV news, ET Canada began airing in 2005 on Global TV, which is owned by Corus Entertainment.
The program has been hosted by Canadian media personality Cheryl Hickey since its launch, with regular appearances by entertainment reporters, including Sangita Patel — a co-host since 2022 — plus Carlos Bustamante, Keshia Chanté and Morgan Hoffman.
The cancellation leaves ETalk, CTV’s weeknight show, as Canada’s lone major entertainment news program.
Andrea Grau, founder and CEO of entertainment publicity firm Touchwood PR, said ET Canada offered a Canadian perspective that made it stand out in the U.S.-dominated entertainment landscape.
“There was this great Entertainment Tonight brand that was going on in the U.S. — we all watched. And the idea of a Canadian arm of it was very special because it could give a different slant,” she said.
ET Canada’s demise comes during a major shift in the industry, she said, as publicists struggle to find entertainment outlets that can shine a spotlight on emerging Canadian artists and projects.
“Even though we share a language with the U.S. and we share pop culture, we are still Canadian and we have a different perspective,” Grau said, noting that ET Canada’s hosts were a mainstay on the U.S. press circuit.
“You see those relationships that have been built over the years of having Sangita [Patel] standing on a red carpet interviewing someone, or Cheryl Hickey interviewing someone. They’re recognizable to [celebrities] after all of these years, too,” she said. “They’ve created such a strong brand.”
Canada just had its lowest number of births in 17 years. What’s behind it?
The number of babies born in Canada dropped to a 17-year-low last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic and a declining fertility rate, data shows.
A Statistics Canada report released Tuesday showed there were 351,679 births registered across the country in 2022, which was a five per cent decrease from the previous year. This was Canada’s sharpest drop recorded since 2005.
Before 2022, the lowest number of births recorded was in 2005, with 345,044 babies born nationwide.
While the number of births in all provinces and territories declined last year, Nova Scotia was the notable outlier with a 12.8 per cent increase in live births.
The biggest decrease was in Nunavut, with the number of births dropping 11.8 per cent compared with 2021.
Canada, like many other developed countries, has been seeing declining birth trends over the past several years, but the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many people’s plans to have kids, said Kate Choi, an associate professor of sociology at Western University.
“Although the fertility decline was indeed part of a larger trend of fertility decreases that have been occurring in Canada, the magnitude of the decrease is larger than what we would have anticipated in the absence of COVID-19,” she told Global News in an interview.
The high cost of living has magnified the size of the drop in births, Choi said.
“It’s very expensive to have children and right now, when everything is expensive, it’s very hard for young adults to be able to have the type of lifestyle that allows them to have children, which is contributing to delayed and forgone fertility,” she added.
It’s a concerning trend for Canada, according to Choi, who said decreasing birth rates have the potential to exacerbate population aging issues.
Canada is considered a low-fertility country and its fertility rate has been declining over the past decade.
The latest Statistics Canada data from 2021 reported a fertility rate of 1.44 children per woman that year — marking a slight increase following a steady decline since 2009.
The fertility rate is an estimate of the average number of live births a female can be expected to have in her lifetime, according to StatCan.
Lifestyle changes and work decisions are contributing factors, with a shift toward smaller families, said Mark Rosenberg, an expert in geography and professor emeritus at Queen’s University.
“I think mainly the factors we should focus on are first and foremost women’s decisions around the labour force and delaying birth until they’re in their 30s,” he told Global News in an interview.
There is also an increasing number of younger people living in single-person households, Rosenberg added.
Despite the drop in births, Canada’s population has been growing at a “record-setting pace,” surpassing the milestone of 40 million people earlier this year, due to a focus on increasing immigration.
Meanwhile, the StatCan report Tuesday also showed a rise in the proportion of babies who were born with a low birth weight — less than 2,500 grams.
Seven per cent of all babies had a low birth weight in 2022 compared with 6.6 per cent the year before.
Babies with a low birth weight are at an increased risk of complications, such as inhibited growth and development and even death, according to StatCan.
“When we see higher rates of low birth weight babies or higher rates of babies that are born who are overweight, those are issues that we should be concerned about because they reflect on people’s health,” Rosenberg said.
— with files from Global News’ Katherine Ward
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