Check out this new advertising pitch from people who want Minnesotans to move north:
"Worried About That New Healthcare Plan? Canada’s Got You Covered - Literally. Leave Your Woes Behind; Northwestern Ontario is Waiting for You."
It's from a group called Move to Northwestern Ontario, and their campaign is meant to convince Americans to do exactly that. It's not limited to health care, either. Here's another sample from a press release that came out Wednesday:
"Politics got you down? Or maybe you’re just looking for a superior lifestyle with affordable housing, unlimited access to nature and free healthcare? Northwestern Ontario in Canada invites you to find a new home here."
The group is based in Thunder Bay, which is only 78 kilometers – sorry, 48 miles – from Minnesota. It represents 32 communities in Ontario, many of them clustered near Lake Superior and most of them pretty small.
In fact, that's kind of the problem. They say they've got more available jobs than people. In lots of fields, but they particularly mention healthcare, IT, and mining along with trades like welding, carpentry, and painting.
If you want to be your own boss, the Move to NW Ontario site has a directory of businesses that are for sale. There are testimonials from newcomers who are happy in their adopted home. There's even a job search portal to help you find a gig in your field or in the part of the province that appeals to you.
So, yes, their advertising pitch is a pretty blatant attempt to capitalize on insecurities of their neighbors to the south. But who's to say you wouldn't love it in Pickle Lake, Atikokan, or Greenstone?