Re: Re[2]: Americans working in Canada

Subject: Re: Re[2]: Americans working in Canada
From: Holli Kearns <hkearns -at- CISCO -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 10:24:03 -0500

Note: This reflects the experience of *1* person...a friend of mine. My
intention is to show some of the challenges facing a US writer from Silicon
Valley who went to a Canadian company. I am not slamming Canadian companies
or writers.

A close friend left high tech in Silicon Valley for a tech writing position
in Toronto Canada with a very successful high tech company.

A year and a half later he has returned to the US. The reasons:

- He was frustrated with the work ethic at his particular company--he was
particularly bored with the few projects that he had on his plate as
compared to his experience in Silicon Valley

- Salaries are much lower in Canada than in US

- Canadian $ is doing very poorly against the US $

- As an American, it seemed unseemingly difficult to ever be able to own a
house in Canada

- Taxes were killing him

- It costs a lot to get the permit (or whatever) to work in Canada. If you
don't have a company doing it for you, it's an expense. From his account,
it was a hassle regardless of who was paying.

This is a person who had always wanted to live in Canada. He is glad that
he tried it but he was bored and financially burdened.

I guess the grass is always greener on the other side....

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