Migrating to Canada v/s Australia

If you are looking to migrate, chances are you are considering Canada and Australia – two of the most popular destinations. Both countries offer a high quality of life and standard of living. They both also employ a points-based immigration system.


To make your decision a little easier we compare the two on four important parameters:


Job opportunities
Both the countries rely on mining and natural resources and hence have the best paid jobs in their stride for immigrants. There are some jobs that are better in one country than in the other – for example, opportunities for nurses are better in Canada than in Australia.
Canada is a much bigger manufacturing base as compared to Australia, while Australia is more widely popular for its US IT firms and their regional Head-Quarters.
So, blue collar wages are better in Canada, whereas white collar jobs pay more in Australia.

Cost of living

The cost of living is very high in Australia due to its housing taxes. Housing in Canada is far more affordable at the moment when compared to Australia. Regular living expenses also tend to be higher in Australia that they are in Canada.
Both in Australia and in Canada, taxes are the main cost residents have to bear.

Australia as well as Canada have a widely diverse population, but with different ethnicity factors. Canada has a dominant Chinese, Indian, Sri Lankan, Jamaican base and a notably increasing number of Middle Eastern population.
Australia, on the other hand, has a more diverse population, with Indonesian, Thai and Lebanese as the dominant communities, and small Central or South American communities.

Ease of application

Typically, the visa application process for Canada is easier, despite the recent emphasis on having fluency in English or French. While both function on a points-based process and have a preferred skills list, Canada does have far fewer visa sub-classes and less stringent visa application assessments.
Permanent residency

Gaining permanent residency for Australia or Canada is all based on eligibility and factors that affect the immigrant’s future prospects within the country such as field of expertise, work experience, references and relations in the country.

Applying for a 457 work visa is the easiest way of getting into Australia. And there are jobs that get permanent residency faster than others, such as doctors, nurses or engineers.Similar criteria apply to Canada, with the best way of getting in being the Quebec Skilled Worker visa.

A helpful resource on what the requirements for Australia are, straight from the Australian government website: www.immi.gov.au/allforms/booklets/books6.htm

Details on what are requirements for Canada are, straight from the Canadian government: www.cic.gc.ca/ctc-vac/getting-started.asp

Migrate Me can help get you the right job and improve your chances of gaining permanent residency in these countries.

4 Responses to Migrating to Canada v/s Australia

  1. Edwin Opwora

    Your website is very informative. I am a Kenyan currently working and living in Uganda. I am an IT hardware engineer mainly in banking machines that is ATMs, currency sorters and general PC and printer maintenance. I wish to migrate to either Canada or Australia. I have a family of two kids and my wife. Which country is best for me and how do you advice on the migration process?

  2. Gautham

    I am Gautham from Bangalore, India. I have about 5 years of experience in IT industry. I mainly worked on Embedded Systems, Linux. Please let me know which country suits me the most?

    I am waiting to hear from you as soon as possible.

    Thank you,

  3. Dipan Chatterjee


    This is Dipan from Bangalore. I have 7+ years of experience in network engineering
    I am looking for an opportunity to migrate to Australia or Canada, however am confused on which country to apply for. By going through your post was wondering if you could help.

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