OT: Canadian Citizenship
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07-07-2008, 01:59 PM
Join Date: Aug 2006
I wonder what the tax situation is when one has dual US & Canadian citizenship?
Can anyone address that issue/concern?
I have visited both NC [near Raleigh] and Montreal in December and if you are a long time resident of NC, the weather in Montreal or the major portion of Canada will come as a shock to you. For Montreal, you will have to learn how to drive in the ice & snow, many days the sun doesn't shine [overcast a lot] and then there is the cold. People that live in NC don't know what being cold is about and if a few flakes hit the ground in NC, panic takes place and everything shuts down.
Conversely, in the summer, it never gets very hot [let us say above 85° F [29.4°C] in Montréal so the summer is very pleasant.
Vancouver may be different relative to their winter weather, meaning it is warmer in the winter due to the ocean currents/winds hitting the area.
Do a search about the weather in the locations of interest to get a feel for the weather and if you can handle the dramatic change.
Medical coverage in Canada is
Canadians pay for it through their taxes which are higher than the US and like any typical government service or sponsored by the government, it doesn't work as well as private enterprise; medical or otherwise. If you have patience and can wait [perhaps to the point of dying before the service becomes available, this seems to be the extreme case that is always cited about the Canadian Health Care system/process] then the government sponsored program may be for you.
As always, the recommendation about moving from one location to another is to go and live there for a period of time at various times of the year.
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