So, my British partner and I have decided to permanently relocate to Canada (a compromise between the UK and the US, although I wasn't too keen on going back to the US anyway). He is applying to either the Calgary or Edmonton police force in Alberta, as they both offer the PNP (provincial nomination programme) scheme which would fast-track him to permanent residency in an average of 6-12 months. I'm currently applying to law schools in the area so we should be fully settled by Fall 2009. I'm just wondering, for any of you Canadians out there, what's the general quality of life like up there as opposed to the US? How do basic costs like housing, groceries and Internet/cell phones (always an essential!) compare? And really, are the winters THAT bad? (Neither of us are really into the whole landlocked living thing, so we'll probably be eventually moving to the Vancouver/Victoria BC area a few years after he's put in some time in the police.) Any suggestions on good banks, utility companies and whatnot would be appreciated as well.