Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: across from the neighbours
Canada is great for low taxes.
Not really, I was just testing whether or not I could make the sun go dark.
But just for sake of comparison, we pay a goods and service tax of 5% on most consumer goods. Provinces have additional sales taxes in some cases. Our income tax rates seem about similar to yours. There is no inheritance tax (edit, some parts may be taxed as income, but it's not a straight percentage tax on inheritance). Our "petrol" prices are not as high although taxes added may be almost as much.
In most of our larger cities, the weather may be colder for a few months but generally speaking warmer from April to September with perhaps a bit more sunshine. So it would be a tolerable trade-off if you didn't mind the winters being much colder (a bit colder in the case of Vancouver).
Health care costs here are not terribly high and the service is not terribly bad. I could imagine it being better but I know it's worse in the UK and (for cost) in the USA. Going by what you say in Ireland.
Electricity rates vary a lot from province to province, I've heard people in Ontario saying they are being gouged, it is a bit steep here in BC but affordable, and cheaper in some other parts.
I can imagine improvements to our tax system in Canada but I imagine it seems not too bad to outside observers.
As to what we get for our taxes, this tends to be less of a complaint among Canadians, but a lot of our government services are provided by provinces rather than the federal government, which means a bit more control through the electoral process. I don't think I am receiving very much back for any federal taxes that I pay, but it's comforting to think we have a military who can surrender in an orderly fashion if any actual military power invades us. That takes the burden off my shoulders.
Last edited by M.T. Cranium; 03-12-2018 at 20:05.