Life in Canada
The "Life in Canada" section provides a brief introduction to living in Canada and Canadian society.
Canada, the summit of the Americas, your sides lapped by the two great oceans, your brow thrust into the Arctic ice your humble name is that of a giant.
Deciding where to live once you immigrate to Canada is a big decision. Take some time to learn about the various provinces and territories to determine which one is the best fit for you.
Canadian Provinces and Territories
About Canadian Geography
Canada is the most northerly country of the Americas and the second largest country in the world. It borders the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Arctic Ocean to the north and the United States of America (USA) to the South. It spans a total area that covers almost ten million square kilometers (9,984,670 sq km). To put it into clear perspective, Canada could contain 18 countries the size of France or 40 United Kingdoms, and has six time zones. Canada also has the longest coastline of any country.
About Canadian Politics
Canada is a federal parliamentary democracy, with both federal and provincial levels of Government. The responsibilities and powers are divided between the federal branch and provincial executives. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is a department of the Government of Canada.
About the Canadian Economy
Canada ranks among the 10 leading manufacturing nations. Most of Canada's manufacturing industry is located in the provinces of Ontario and Québec. Other important manufacturing sectors in Canada include food and beverages, paper and allied products, primary metals, fabricated metals, petrochemicals and chemicals. Western Canada, in particular the province of Alberta, has a booming economy driven by the oil and gas sectors.
About the Canadian Education System
Canada has both a public and private education system. From kindergarten through to university, the Canadian government subsidizes a great portion of the financial burden of educating its young minds.
About Canadian Health Care
Canada has a public health care system that makes critical care accessible to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Although the health care systems are run by Provincial ministries of health, the Federal Government sets the standards for health care across the country.
About Canadian Culture
With only 35 million people, the country is a modest nation compared to its densely populated southern neighbor. There are over 200 distinct cultures in Canada. In fact, the nation is often defined as a "cultural mosaic" and has a greater mix of people from diverse backgrounds than almost anywhere else on Earth. Canada encourages its people to hold closely to their traditions and culture. Around two-fifths of the Country's population comes from an origin other than British or French.