We’re not planning to move to Canada, but we’re curious about the requirements.  A government website has a multiple-choice app to tell you if you’re eligible. But it won’t work unless you have a specific province in mind.  One of the questions is “what do you want to do here” but the menu does not offer “live as a retired person on pensions and social security.” I've heard there are "sixty different visa categories" which suggests that web app is oversimplified.

What are the requirements? Not quite curious enough to pay a lawyer just to ask.

  • The choices presented apparently depend on the user's inputs. I just gave it a try, and was stopped when there was no "live in Canada in retirement" choice in a drop-down. Up to that point, I hadn't been asked to specify a province. – DavidSupportsMonica Jun 10 '20 at 16:36
  • Unfortunately, immigration has been partly devolved to the provinces so it matters. – C'est Moi Jun 10 '20 at 16:55
  • @DavidSupportsMonica, right. I tried all the options on that question, and picked BC on the other one, answered the rest truthfully, and got "not eligible." But since "retire" wasn't an option, no way to tell whether that applies. I've asked some Canadian friends, but since they're not immigration lawyers, not likely they can answer. I may have to call the consulate and hope I don't get someone hostile. (I'd really prefer Spain, but they don't seem to be very anxious to get my money!) – WGroleau Jun 10 '20 at 17:19
  • I don't think it's possible unless you either have a relative in Canada who can sponsor you for immigration or can spend over six months every year elsewhere. – phoog Jun 10 '20 at 21:59
  • I don't think so, either, but that's only based on the difficulty of finding a mention of retirement. Since some other categories allow you in based on proving sufficient income, seems illogical to ban retirees with sufficient income. As for six months in/six months out, that's EASY to do. But I've read claims that you can leave for one day and return for another six months. – WGroleau Jun 10 '20 at 22:36

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