Canada has been ranked by the United Nations as the best country in the world, eight years in a row. Canada earned high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy, and low crime rates. Canada has the most educated people and the highest literacy rate. Canada rightly takes pride in its top-notch health care, public transportation and a world class higher education system.
Every year, Canada welcomes thousands of new residents. Coming to Canada as an immigrant is an exciting opportunity. Following is a brief introduction about Canada that provides an insight that why Canada is a destination of choice for immigrants.
Canada is a very big country with a variety of climates and geographic features ranging from Pacific Coastel Mountains to sweeping prairies and rugged beauty of Atlantic region. Canada is located in Northern part of North America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean on the east, North Pacific Ocean on the west, and the Arctic Ocean on the north. It has only one neighboring country; United States of America to its south. With a total approximate area of about 9976140 sq km, Canada is the second-largest country in the world.
Canadian terrain mostly consists of is a vast land rich in iron, nickel, zinc, copper, gold, silver, lead, diamonds, fish, timber, wildlife, coal, petroleum, natural gas, hydropower and many more valuable items. Due to the large area of 891,163 sq km of natural lakes and rivers, Canada is considered to have the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s biggest supply of fresh drinking water.
Canada has a democratic government and a parliament system to keep this immense country running smoothly. The government has a Charter of Rights, which protects the rights of every single person in Canada. These include having the freedom of conscience and religion, thought, belief, opinion and expression, as well as having the freedom of peaceful assembly and association. Additionally, every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination - particularly without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, gender, age or mental or physical disability. These are just a few examples of the rights that make Canada a free and peaceful country.
People and Language
Canada is a country with diverse cultures and religions from all over the world. While its current population is close to 33 million, people are still coming to this country from Asia, Australia, Africa, South America, and even lower North America. Although English and French are its two national languages, over 180 languages are appreciated and spoken here. Some of these languages include Urdu, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Persian, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, and Russian etc.
Canada is one of the richest countries and is the only G7 country to run seven consecutive surplus budgets. It has not run a federal deficit since 1996-97.
Canada has very good trade relations with numerous countries across the world. Its major trading partners are United States of America, Japan, United Kingdom (England), Mexico and China. However its trade relations are all over the world.
Canada's education system is excellent and ranks best in the world. Canadian tuition fees are also lowest in English speaking countries. Canada spends more on education than any industrialized nation and provides free education from Kindergarten up to Grade 12 (Ages 4-18). It has a government-approved curriculum that covers a variety of subjects including Mathematics, Science, Language and Reading, Arts (which include music, art, drama, dance), and Physical Education. The education in Canada is taught in English except in Quebec as French is the province's official language. Canadian university degrees are internationally recognized.
Health Care System
Canada enjoys a publicly-funded health care system that guarantees all Canadians coverage for medically necessary services. Residents usually pay the cost of medicine and cost of rest of facilities including hospitalization is paid by the respective governments.