There is no such thing anymore as "foreigners retiring in Canada" - Retirees
category of immigration was eliminated ages ago from Canadian immigration
program. You may visit Canada for up to 6 months, you may have your seasonal
residence here as long as you maintain your primary residence in US and stay
for no longer than 6 months in Canada - that is all you can do without
formally immigrating. To immigrate you must qualify in one of immigration
categories, apply and be approved. Check www.cic.gc.ca for more info and
requirements to qualify for immigration visa.
Vancouver, British Columbia
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"J-Man" wrote in message
> I'm eligible to retire in about three years, and have given serious
> consideration to British Columbia (I currently live in southern
> I know there are issues about emigrating, but given the fact that I would
> not be working in Canada (I can easily live on my retirement), nor would I
> need to use Canada's medical insurance (I would have my own, through my
> former employer), I don't think I'd be a "burden on society."
> However, I'm curious as to how U.S. private insurance would work in
> Although I've visited Canada many times (Vancouver, Victoria, Ottawa,
> Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City), I have no idea how the health system
> works. I guess I could always drive down to the U.S. to get medical care,
> but that isn't always practical.
> Are there any books on U.S. citizens retiring to Canada? You hear about
> people retiring in Mexico all the time, but rarely in the other direction.
> Thanks for any help.