Canada welcomes Americans!

*When Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy for President of the United States of America on June 16, 2015, few Americans gave him much of a chance to capture the nation’s highest elected office.

Yet, as his candidacy picked up momentum, with a few stumbling blocks along the way, Trump catapulted himself to become the Republican nominee for president, who ultimately faced and defeated Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, in last November’s Presidential Election.

While Trump and Clinton were in the midst of a contentious and combative presidential race, numerous national media outlets reported record online searches by Americans looking into the possibility of moving to Canada, if Trump won.  Now, less than six weeks after Trump’s January 20th inauguration and swearing in as the nation’s 45th president, has American interest in moving to Canada subsided?

“It has slowed down a little, but there’s still a huge interest in Canada,” said Larry Horwitz, a Windsor, Ontario Canada businessman, who chairs the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association.  “The calls and emails are more from everyday people expressing an interest in Canada, whether it’s moving here part time or full time.”

Horwitz said he has received phone calls and/or emails from Americans in such states as Michigan, Florida, Ohio, New York, among others.

“I tell them that Canada is a very welcoming country,” said Horwitz. “So, whether someone is an immigrant from Africa, Asia or Europe, or someone is from Michigan or New York or Florida, all are accepted here; it’s the Canadian way!”

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Larry Horowitz

Larry Horowitz

Horwitz pointed to Canadian cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver and other big locales as great municipalities in which to live. Toronto (2.7-plus million), Montreal (1.7-plus million), and Calgary (1.2-plus million) are Canada’s three largest cities.  However, Horwitz is proactively encouraging Americans to move to Windsor, Canada’s 23rd largest city, with a population around 220,000, and metro area population of about 320,000.

Windsor, according to Horwitz, is an attractive city, which offers a low cost of living, broad cultural diversity, friendly communities with extremely low crime rates, and an exchange rate where the value of the American dollar is much stronger (30%) than the Canadian dollar.  He added that buying a home or condo in Windsor can be far less than comparable homes/condos in other cities in Canada, or the United States.

Horwitz said Windsor is Canada’s southernmost city and has milder winters than Toronto, Montreal or Calgary, since it’s located directly across the river from Detroit, Michigan in the United States. With its very close proximity to the Motor City, someone living in Windsor can essentially drive from the Canadian city to Detroit through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, or by crossing the Ambassador Bridge.

Larry Horwitz

Larry Horwitz  in downtown Windsor, the tallest building in the background is downtown Detroit, Michigan, USA

“If you live in Windsor, you can go back and forth to the United States to work, especially in Detroit and Southeast Michigan, as many Canadians in the greater Windsor area do every day,’ explained Horwitz.  “By moving to Windsor, you would lose very little.  If you like major theatrical productions, going to museums and other diverse cultural venues, they all are less than 30 minutes from downtown Windsor in Detroit.”

Horwitz also pointed out that if someone likes major professional sports, the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, and Detroit Red Wings all play in downtown Detroit, just minutes from Windsor. Beginning next season, the Detroit Pistons will also play downtown, after playing almost 30 years in a neighboring suburb.

No one should be surprised by Canada’s history and open-arms policies of welcoming people from America.  During slavery in America, Canada accepted more than 130,000 escaped black slaves from slave states.  Windsor, because of its geographical closeness to Detroit, was Canada’s primary receiving station for run-a-way slaves, after slaves left the last Underground Railroad station in downtown Detroit, which was Historic Second Baptist Church.  The 180-year-old black church is less than 1.5 miles from Windsor, Ontario Canada.

Additionally, between 1965 and 1975, an estimated 40,000 draft dodgers fled the United States to Canada to avoid fighting in the Vietnam War.  And recently, when President Trump signed a controversial executive order, which banned travel from seven mostly Muslim countries to America, Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, said that Canada would accept refugees stopped by Trump’s executive order.  In the last two years, about 40,000 Syrian refugees have migrated to Canada.

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Larry Horwitz standing in downtown Windsor, Ontario Canada welcomes Americans to move to the Canadian City

“To those fleeing persecution, terror and war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith,” Trideau said in a recent tweak.  “Diversity is our strength. #WelcomeToCanada.”

Horwitz is currently working on a video that will promote all that’s good about living in Canada, specifically Windsor.

“Windsor is one the most loving, accepting and multicultural communities in the world,” said Horwitz, who was born in Toronto, raised in Windsor, and once lived and worked as a writer in New York and Miami.  “Windsor is a beautiful and special place for living and raising children.  It has very, very safe and quiet communities.  You can walk around anywhere in the city; there are no bad areas.”

If one is planning to move to Windsor, Ontario Canada, Horwitz suggests purchasing a home, because Windsor homes are primed for the buying.  Next, he said, begin the immigration process, which includes applying for Permanent Residency, and later, dual citizenship.

“My wife and I and our five children are all dual citizens of both Canada and the United States,” explained Horwitz.  “There’s comfort in having that.  Having Windsor as your home, with the advantages of the United States being just minutes away, is a positive thing, and there’s nothing negative about having citizenships in both countries.”

To contact Larry Horwitz, email him at [email protected].