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.

13 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.

  4. Azeem

    Dear Sir,
    be advise how to email you,
    I am Secondary school teacher holding 5 yrs experience. IELTS bands 6-7 targeted to appear.

    Be advise for 457/489 can i apply it, my brother live in melbourne blood relation.

    how much your fees and cost of immigration of above visa 457/489 and chances of sucess max

    be advise
    kind regards

  5. Chikku

    I have 9 yrs of experience in IT – Manual testing. I am looking for an opportunity to migrate to Australia or Canada, however am confused on which country to apply for.

    Please let me know which country is better

  6. Anu

    Dear Sir/Mam,

    I have 9+ years of IT or software experience in oracle applications ERP in SCM module . I am confused among Australia and Canada for migration. Please assist with my job experience which will be a suitable option to opt for.

    I will be highly obliged if you kindly assist regarding this and provide a proper advise.

    Thanking You,


  7. jerocel

    Hi! I am really interested to apply in Australia as well or canada, my husband working expereince is more than 10yrs, last time we did free asessment and he got moe than 90pts to Austra
    lia but we dont know where to start. Thanks

  8. Rohit Ghodekar

    I have 4+ years of IT experience ,please suggest a places from these two countries to work.I have done My Masters in computer application

  9. Rohit Ghodekar

    I have done my masters in computer application

  10. govind sharma

    I m civil engineer withtwo &half years working experience in real estate …..can u suggest me hw I get permanent resident in Australia……

  11. ashish wadhwa

    HI, I am a law and commerce graduate and also having degree from ICSI, India having more than 5 years of experience in compliance and contract management, please suggest and guide which country is suitable for immigration Canada/ Australia.

  12. geetanjali

    Hi I am a chartered accountant with 4 years of rich experience and need your guidance to assess which country is suitable for immigration Canada or Australia.

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