I'm an undergraduate at a quality (though not highly ranked) private school in the US, but I think I'd like to go to grad school in Canada for the experience. My grades are decent (~3.70) and will have a couple of years of research by the time I graduate. I'm thinking of applying for a masters at a top school in Canada and subsequently to a PhD program in America. So my questions is how hard is it to be accepted into a physics graduate program at a school like British Columbia or Toronto compared to a US school like Cornell or UC Berkeley? I understand Canadian schools receive fewer applicants (not 100% sure if this is true) and generally don't require the PGRE, but is there any reason to believe admission is substantially easier?