When becomes a Permanent Resident, you can experience almost all the benefits like Canadian citizens.
The benefits are included, but not limited to the following:
- Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) – Families who have children under the age of 18 and are classified as a low income household are provided monthly tax free payment by Government to cover expenses.
- Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement, and Canada Pension Plan – The financial support programs for workers after they reach their retirement age (65 years old)
- Universal health care – Canadian universal health care is responsible to cover most of medical health care for its residents, including emergency room, immunizations, yearly exams, etc.
- Free education for all children under 18 years old.
- Maternity and parental leave – In Canada, working parents are given time off when a new baby is born or adopted. Women can take up to 12 months of maternity leave and receive around 50 to 65% of their normal income. Partially paid parental leave is also available for up to 35 weeks. One parent can take all 35 weeks or both parents can split the allotment of time (i. e. one parent takes 20 weeks while the other takes 15 weeks). To be eligible for parental leave, you must have worked in Canada for at least 600 hours.
All of these benefits and more will become available to you when you are a permanent resident of Canada.
Additionally, after 3 years living and working in Canada, you can participate in citizenship test to become Canadian Citizen.