okay other information about how it is to live here. Based on a complaint from a guy from india.
it is lonely. you will maybe nod to your neighbours if you share a driveway. but more than one house away you will probably have no clue who lives there. People really dont have time for other people or care about them unless they intersect in something interactive. If you have kids (probably not) you might know a few more neighbours.
People at work will chat with you, but dont expect to make too many friends there (you can work with people for years and if you change jobs you will never see them again)
In general the races are civil to each other since nobody in canada really did much historically wrong (the natives are pretty much on reserves and keep to themselves, or basically pass for white off reserve, nobody really pays much attention to them). The blacks are carribean (and have that machismo thing) or actually african (which also tend not to have a slavery chip on their shoulder) so they are very different than american blacks in movies.for the most part EBONICS thankfully doesnt exist here. By second generation they are pretty much all oreos. Asians are pretty much integrated by second generation (most of them now) and pretty much quiet, reserved and mostly background wallpaper as far as tension in white society (in ontario at least - elsewhere they are invading rich people more denigraded for being wealthy than any particular race). Anyone showing a lot of religion in general will be generally shunned as annoying, this includes christians, muslims, and any others. Jews in ontario are invisible, you are far more likely to see mennonites with horse and buggies than jews for instance.
Lately anyone under 30 is pretty much a cell phone zombie, so they are background annonymous walking figures you wont interact with. You will learn to feel superior to the angry, flamboyant, annoying, boisterous, warmongering always complaining americans you see on tv, and make fun of them, while secretly devouring every decent product they make. You will consider 99% of Americans ignorant hicks and the other 1% just like you only more successful.
Pretty much if you tell someone at work or of little consequence that you are gay you will get a shrug, or a "I have a gay uncle" or something if they are 0-45, boomer ages will be politically correct about it to your face, seniors think everyone younger is crazy so just add you to the pile. Recent brown immigrants would be slightly more hostile and try to convert you to their cause, but afterward avoid the subject if forced to be together. Neighbourhoods are in no way segregated by race, and rarely by wealth, most people are middle class, very little horrific poverty and very little ostentatious wealth on the high end...rich people tend to live out in the country rather than in walled enclaves like the US. You can walk at night anywhere safely (except maybe one sector of toronto where black people are that is always in the news due to bad housing design and it is a poorer area, but mostly exaggerated, but has some gang violence...but they mostly kill each other a few times a year nothing serious). Non-domestic murders in canada are maybe a few hundred a year, and that would be mostly idiots with personal grudges late at night and drug related.
Canada does not suffer from the cult of "veteranitis" so you will never hear about anyone being a soldier, or shipping out, or even know any soldiers or know where they train etc.
50% of Canadians are from SMALL towns, and are decent people and stereotypically polite. Canada is a very linear country so everyone lives by the US border. Unless they are from the EAST coast they tend to stay in the areas they were born in, and are more likely to move singly, rather than with families. Once people start families, they dont move out of province anymore.
Big towns have lots of immigrants, smaller towns will have none. You might get paid a little more working in a large city, but otherwise pay is based on the job not the area. (alberta is an anomoly, they pay more because nobody actually can stand being there in the winter and it is all oil money, which inflates things) tends to be a lot of younger guys there with big trucks and redneckish by canadian standards.
As far as fashion, from December to March you will be wearing THIS on nice days.
REAL Canadians consider this to be acceptable down to -25C
in summer, we all have fond memories of this:
Air conditioning in summer at home is not quite standard, as it is expensive and most people just suffer through the few weeks in July (or lately february) when it is 30C and humid as fuck. It is rarely every really "nice" except a few days which you will remember fondly and think of more as "at least it isnt TOO HOT or TOO COLD like it will be soon). From November to February it is basically dark after work, but May to September is is light out til 9pm. You will shovel show out of your driveway every morning if you plan on driving which takes at least half an hour by hand. This is rare, but fell in 12 hours:
oh ya, non-existent intercity public transportation, no trains, one bus a day type of thing