A new bill, the Canadian Snowbird Visa Act, was recently introduced to extend the amount of time Canadian citizens over the age of 50 can stay in the U.S. if they have residences in both Canada and the U.S. by 60 days. The bill has a lot of bipartisan support as it could boost the American economy by creating jobs, increasing tax revenues and more.
Canadian Snowbirds Effect on the US Economy
Canadian snowbirds are Canadian citizens that travel down to the U.S. in order to escape the cold winter climate Canada is known for. They will often travel to areas like Florida or Arizona, where it is much warmer during the winter seasons. There, many Canadians own or rent secondary homes.
These Canadian citizens have a huge impact on communities throughout the country; in fact, they spent around $20 billion in the U.S. in 2016 alone. Small businesses in warm U.S. states benefit directly from the money that they bring, not to mention the property taxes and sales taxes that they pay.
The Canadian Snowbird Visa Act
However, the current law limits how long Canadian citizens can spend in the U.S. to only six months out of the year. These six months are cumulative, not continuous. Many Canadians would stay longer if it were possible, or take more frequent vacations. If the six month limit is lifted, local economies in places like Phoenix will benefit.
The new bill will give Canadian snowbirds the chance to stay longer, but will not allow them to work for American employers, thereby protecting American jobs.
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