Living in the Canada
Canada has been ranked as one of the top ten places to
live in the world since 1994 according to the United
Nations (UN) and the Economist Intelligence Unit. In the UN survey
Canada earned particularly high marks for its access to education,
high life expectancy (due to universal health care system); and low
crime and violence rates.
Canada is the second largest country in the
world with a total land area of 9,984,670
square kilometers. Although Canada has a huge landmass, most of its
31 million people—80 percent—live in towns and cities in the
southern areas of the country. Canada is made up of 10 provinces
and 3 territories. Most of Canada’s population lives within 250 km
of the United States border.
Canada has two official
languages which are English and French. All
government of Canada services and documents are available in both
languages. English is the most common language spoken in all
provinces except Quebec. In Quebec, French is the official
Canada has traditionally been a country
of immigrants and has a policy of
encouraging multicultural diversity. In this vibrant setting,
different perspectives are respected and learning together is
encouraged. Almost all of the world's ethnic groups are represented
in Canada. As a result, most ethnic foods and recreational
activities associated with specific cultures are available in
Canada. Clubs, informal clubs and associations representing a
multitude of ethnic backgrounds are also easily accessible.
International student advisors at schools can help students get in
touch with such groups.
All major urban centres have a variety of
shopping malls, restaurants, theatres, art galleries and museums.
Canadian cities provide numerous parks, gardens and beaches for
public use, as well as excellent sports and recreation