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Provinces

Updated: January 9th, 2023

In land area alone, Canada is the second largest country in the world. It covers much of the northwest part of the globe and contains a diversity of climates, cultures, people from all walks of life, beliefs, values and structures. Over its history, Canada has been home to its first nations people, as well as subject to conquests by Vikings, the British and the French, while having settlements from other European nations.

As a result, the country is split into thirteen provinces and territories - ten provinces and three territories to be specific. Each province or territory has its specific economy, culture, society, population, and immigration programs.

Below is the Canadian provinces map. This Canadian provinces map shows you where each of Canada's provinces and territories are, and which job opportunities exist in each province.

Canadian Provinces Map


So, how does one choose where to live in Canada? What is the best province to live in Canada? To help you find out, here's a breakdown of all of the Canadian provinces and territories.

Ontario

When looking at where to live in Canada, people’s first thought is to Ontario. As Canada's most internationally recognized and most populous province, Ontario is based on the East side of Canada and sits right on the border with the Northeastern United States. Ontario is home to Canada's capital city, Ottawa, and the largest city, Toronto, and the growing industrial giants of Mississauga and Hamilton. If you're interested in what life in Canada's largest city has for you, click the banner below.

Canada's capital city presents a wide array of wonderful opportunities for locals and internationals alike. It also remains the seat of the government of Canada. If you want to know how Canada's federal government functions and, by extension, how Canada is run, here are the answers to some of your most burning questions. However, if you want to learn more about the city of Ottawa and what it's like to live there, click the banner below.

If you want to know what opportunities await you in the ever-expanding city of Mississauga, click the banner below to find the full breakdown of life in the city.

However, if living by the coast is your dream, Hamilton and Ontario make your dreams come true. To find out more, click on the banner below With so many massive cities in a single province, Ontario is bursting with job opportunities for foreign workers. Click the banner below to see what occupations are most in demand in Ontario.

If you feel that Ontario is the perfect place for you to start your life in Canada, you may be eligible to get permanent residence in Canada via Ontario's Provincial Nominate Program (PNP).

With so many amazing opportunities in Canada for internationals, it's often hard to find which program is best to help you capitalize on those opportunities. This is where you may need some help. We recommend using a Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). An RCIC can help find out which program you're most eligible for, and help you ensure your application process goes smoothly.

Québec

Québec is certainly Canada's most unique province. With the highest concentration of French speakers and a slight difference in provincial government and legal structure, Quebec often feels like a different country inside Canada. The vast majority of Quebec's population lives in the vibrant metropolis of Montreal, which boasts meager living costs.

The provincial capital in Quebec is the creatively named Quebec City, which offers an idyllic lifestyle, despite its exponential economic and industrial growth. Here's a handy guide to what life in Quebec city is like:

Between these two major cities and the plethora of thriving smaller towns, Quebec has a multitude of job opportunities for foreign workers. Here is a breakdown of the most in-demand occupations in Quebec.

If Quebec has the right opportunities for you or if it seems like the perfect place to start your life in Canada, you could be eligible for a PNP.

British Columbia

Being the largest province of Western Canada, British Columbia is one of the largest, most industrious provinces in Canada. British Columbia is home to the massive city of Vancouver, the growing west coast hub of Victoria and the winter wonderland of Whistler.

On top of this, it is also one of Canada's major farming provinces. This province is massive and diverse, attracting many people from all walks of life, particularly at its cultural center, Vancouver. For a better understanding of life in Vancouver, click the banner below.

If a more coastal option suits you better, here's a breakdown of life on the edge of the Pacific ocean in Victoria.

However, if you would rather enjoy the fantastic mountainous terrain that Canada is so famous for, have a look at what life is like in Whistler.

With such a fantastic concentration of population and industry, British Columbia has no shortage of job opportunities. See what opportunities British Columbia has for you below.

If you feel British Columbia has the perfect selection of opportunities for low, it may be worth seeing if you qualify for a PNP. Learn more about British Columbia's PNP below.

Alberta

Surrounded by the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Alberta is an extremely popular destination for international immigrants. Alberta provides a fantastic lifestyle and culture through its two major cities - Edmonton and Calgary. Alberta boasts the strongest economy in Canada and some of the lowest property taxes in Canada. On top of all this, Alberta boasts some of Canada's mildest weather, allowing residents to experience all Canada can offer.

Alberta is certainly in the running to be the best province to live in Canada and the provincial capital city of Edmonton contributes to this factor. For a full breakdown of life in Edmonton, click the banner below.


If you find the beautiful city of Calgary more intriguing, look at the city guide below to get a better idea of what your life in this Canadian province will be like.

With such an exciting, vibrant and stable economy, jobs are abundant. Click the banner below to see which jobs are the most in-demand in Alberta.

If Alberta seems like the perfect place for your Canadian journey, you could have the chance to be fast-tracked to gaining permanent residence in Canada. Click the banner below to learn more about Alberta PNP.

Saskatchewan

. Home to Canada's iconic buffalo and some of Canada's best national parks for outdoor adventures, Saskatchewan is the prototypical Canadian prairie province. Another major farming province, Saskatchewan, also boasts hot summers and snowy Winters.

The provincial capital city in Saskatchewan is Saskatoon - one of Canadian history's largest central hubs for economic and cultural prosperity. Click below to learn more about daily life in Saskatoon.

Due to the massive farming sector and thriving cities, Saskatoon has fantastic opportunities for internationals from all skill levels. Have a look at what occupations are needed most in Saskatchewan below.

If you feel Saskatchewan offers you the opportunities you've been looking for, click the banner below to see if you're eligible for a Saskatchewan PNP.

Manitoba

One of Canada's safest, cleanest, most diverse and affordable provinces, Manitoba provides a wealth of fantastic opportunities. Winnipeg's provincial capital city is one of Canada's most unique and growing cities. It's widely regarded as one of the safest cities to live in in Canada.

In the article below, we give a full breakdown of life in Winnipeg and what to expect before you arrive.

With the extensive diversity combined with the relatively low taxes, Manitoba's job market is exploding. to see which jobs are the most in demand in Manitoba.

If Manitoba is the right province for you to start your Canadian journey, you may want to see if you can immigrate directly to Manitoba via one of Manitoba's PNPs.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is one of the major provinces of Atlantic Canada. At only 55 283km², Nova Scotia is the second smallest province in Canada. Located along the east coast of Canada, Nova Scotia has a clear coastal maritime feel, and much of the economy of Nova Scotia relies on fishing, off-shore oil rigs and cruise tourism.

The provincial capital of Nova Scotia is Halifax, one of Canada's most artistic and culturally relevant cities. You can find a full breakdown of the city below.

Due to the city's artistic bent and the massive amount of trade that takes place through Newfoundland and Labrador's ports, there is a wide variety of jobs in Nova Scotia. Click the banner below to see which jobs are currently in demand in Nova Scotia.

If Nova Scotia is the right fit for you, you may have the chance to obtain a Canadian permanent resident visa Nova Scotia's PNP. Click the banner below to see if you're eligible for Nova Scotia's PNP.


Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is another one of Canada's amazing Atlantic Provinces. This agriculture-rich Island province is also Canada's smallest, least populous province but boasts a wide variety of sectors in agriculture and tourism. The provincial capital of Charlottetown is the major economic center of the province and boasts a rich, vibrant culture. For a full breakdown of life in Charlottetown, click below.


With all of these factors, it's clear as to why there is no shortage of jobs in Prince Edward Island. To see which jobs are most in demand, click the banner below.


If you think Prince Edward Island is the perfect place for you to start your life in Canada, click below to see if you're eligible for one of the province's PNPs.


New Brunswick

New Brunswick is a center point for forestry and mining in Canada. The province boasts the combination of fantastic cities and wide areas of unspoiled wilderness, making in the running for best province to live in Canada for newcomers. The Capital city of Fredericton is another one of Canada's great artistic centers and has been home to some of Canada's best poets and artists for centuries. For a full breakdown of life in Fredericton, look at this page.


With its massive resource-based economy, New Brunswick boasts an ever-expanding job market with occupations from all skill levels and industries in high demand. Click the banner below to see the most in-demand occupations in New Brunswick.


If you feel the best start to your life in Canada is in New Brunswick, find out if you can be put on the fast track for Canadian permanent residency with one of New Brunswick's PNPs.


Newfoundland and Labrador

One of the most beautiful Canadian provinces would be Newfoundland and Labrador, which is known to be a place of freezing temperatures, helpful people and beautiful seaside towns, like the provincial capital of St. Johns. If you want to know what life is like in this beautiful city, look at this article.


With Newfoundland and Labrador being one of the provinces of Atlantic Canada, there is no shortage of employment opportunities in the multiple industries that prop up the provincial economy. Below, you can find a list of the jobs that are most in demand in Newfoundland and Labrador. 


With all of these amazing possibilities, it's no surprise that you would want to make Newfoundland and Labrador your home. If you think Newfoundland and Labrador is right for you, click below to see if you can be fast-tracked for permanent residence in Canada through the Newfoundland and Labrador PNP.


Yukon

The Yukon territories are famous for their arctic tundra, natural beauty and being one of the few places where you can truly get to the heart of Canadian culture. It is the smallest and second-least populated territory in Canada. If you genuinely love the great outdoors Canada provides, Yukon is the perfect place for you.

Despite its small size, Yukon is home to Canada's burgeoning mining and tourism industries, leading to thousands of fantastic employment opportunities. to see which jobs are most in demand in Yukon.


If you want to start your life in Canada, and Yukon is the perfect place for it, click the banner below to see if you're eligible for a Yukon PNP.


Northwest Territories

Famous for their peaceful atmosphere, extreme temperatures, midnight sun and northern lights, Northwest Territories can provide a peaceful life away from the intensity of major cities. However, don't think that there are no real opportunities for foreigners just because the territories aren't as densely populated as some of their neighboring provinces - this is not the case. Click the banner below to see what fantastic employment opportunities await in Northwest territories.


If one of these opportunities is perfect for you, you may have the chance to be fast-tracked to live and work in the Northwest Territories as a permanent resident with one of the Northwest Territories PNPs.


Nunavut

The territory of Nunavut is Canada's newest and largest territory, having only been officially instated in 1999. While the largest territory in Canada, it's also the most sparsely populated, with only around 300 000 inhabitants. For a full breakdown of life in Nunavut, look at this page.

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FAQs

How do PNPs work?

Provincial Nominee Programs are when provincial governments nominate eligible immigrants for permanent residency in specific provinces where there may be a shortfall of skills in the labour market, effectively guaranteeing them Canadian permanent residency. Look at this page for a full breakdown of Canada's PNP system and how to apply.

What's the fastest way to immigrate to Canada?

While there are many fantastic ways to immigrate these three are generally considered the fastest. However, the fastest way to immigrate to Canada isn't always the best. To ensure you utilize the best program for you, consult an RCIC who can help point you in the right direction.

How can one make sure they understand English to the Canadian standard?

The federal government of Canada ensures that all immigrants take a language test to ensure their ability to assimilate into Canadian society. The most recognized English test is the International English Testing System (IELTS) which is accepted by Canada and most of the English-speaking world. You can find more information about the Canadian language system here.

What is the Cost of Living in Canada?

Here's a full breakdown of all the factors that make up the Cost of living in Canada

Start Your Journey in the Province that's Right for You


When looking at where to live in Canada, there are many fantastic options. Now that you know what the Canadian provinces have to offer and where they fit in on the Canadian provinces map, it's time to start your journey to Canada.

This can be a stressful and difficult process with many small things you need to get right. To ensure your application process runs smoothly, click the button below to consult an RCIC. An RCIC will determine your eligibility and which visa or immigration program is that one that will give you the chance to live the Canadian dream.

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