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Aimee is a winner of Top 25 Canadian Moms - 2013

What's the best part of raising a family in Canada?

I don't think I could pick just one "best part"about raising a family in Canada as there are far too many in my eyes, I will however pick my top 5 though:

1. Our Health Care - In relation to many other countries I rest easy knowing my family has great health care provided to us and that I won't ever have to worry about going into debt because we need emergency surgery or choose to give birth.

2. CANADA - I really need not say more than it is one heck of a beautiful place to live. From the Rockies out west to the tall buildings in Toronto we truly have a wonderful country that is always offering great adventures and exploration!

3. Education - Having a child who has some learning difficulties I am so over joyed with the constant effort of all staff in our education system to not only spot those difficulties but to address them and work with them in order for not only my child but any child with learning difficulties to thrive and not fall behind or be discouraged.

4. Culture - Living in and around the GTA I have had the opportunity as well as my family to explore different cultures and engage with those in different cultures than my own. I am constantly learning and trying new things thanks to our wonderful multicultural country!

5. People - I may be bias here but I have visited many countries and I find us Canadians to be the most friendly, almost like everyone is friends/family and there is always someone there to lend a helping hand whether it is your neighbor or a stranger helping a mother on the bus with a buggy I am amazed by the kindness of our citizens!

What's the biggest misconception people have about raising a family in Canada?

I think some people may think it is expensive to raise a family in Canada where when compared to many countries I think we here in Canada have a very easy time raising a family.

From the many great benefits our Government has for families like Child Tax Benefit, Universal Care Benefit, Trillium Benefit, GST/HST Credits, Health Care and more I think a lot of people don't realize just how easy it is to raise a family here.

What do your kids love most about living in Canada?

Well in all honestly my children have never lived anywhere but Canada so for them to compare one country vs another by experience would be hard. At their age I think like any child they love the fact their family is here, together and close. They love the fact they can go outside and play freely where in some other countries many children live in fear of war and other things that we in Canada don't worry about.

There is also so much for them to do and see across not only our province but the country and I hope as they grow older they get to experience first hand all that Canada has to offer!