Quality of life
For nine consecutive years (1994-2002), a United Nations survey found Canada to be among the top three places in the world to live. Conducted every year, the survey evaluates the quality of life in 174 countries, using over 200 performance indicators. Canada earned particularly high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy and low crime and violence rates. In addition, Canada’s largest cities — Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal — have been recognized as world-class cities in which to live and work for their cleanliness, safety and for their cultural activities and attractive lifestyles. Canada has the tenth highest nominal per capita income globally as well as the ninth highest ranking in the Human Development Index. It ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, and education.
According to a 2012 report by the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Canada is the most educated country in the world; the country ranks first worldwide in the number of adults having tertiary education, with 51 percent of Canadian adults have attained at least an undergraduate college or university degree. In 2012, Canada spent approximately $31.3 billion on domestic research and development, of which around $7 billion was provided by the federal and provincial governments. As of 2015, the country has produced thirteen Nobel laureates in physics, chemistry, and medicine, and was ranked fourth worldwide for scientific research quality in a major 2012 survey of international scientists.
Scope for a student or immigrant
Multiculturalism is just one of Canada’s significant accomplishments. It is one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many other countries. The leading sources of immigrants to Canada are China, the Philippines, and India. According to Statistics Canada, visible minority groups could account for a third of the Canadian population by 2031. Canada has placed an emphasis on equality and inclusiveness for its entire people.
Canada has excellent education infrastructure that can cater to the needs and requirements of education aspirants from anywhere in the world. With world-leading universities and community colleges that offer job-oriented programs, one can safely say “there is something for everyone”. Be it educational institutes that want to form an association with Canadian institutes or students that want to study or professionals that want to migrate, all are welcome!
Canada is the world’s second-largest country, behind Russia, with six time zones. The easternmost, in Newfoundland, is three hours and 30 minutes behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and, farthest west, the Pacific, which is eight hours behind GMT. Canada has over 2,000,000 lakes of which more than 500 are greater than 100 km2 in area, more than any other country, and containing much of the world’s fresh water. There are also fresh-water glaciers in the Canadian Rockies and the Coast Mountains.
It is very diverse in its people, landscape, climate, and way of life. It is sparsely populated, very rich in natural resources and ranks amongst the wealthiest nations in the world. Canada’s population density, at 3.3 inhabitants per square kilometer (8.5/sq. mi), is among the lowest in the world.
With a profile like this Canada is the destination of choice for thousands of students from different parts of the world. At the same time professionals from every walk of life look at Canada as a land of promise where they can start a new life with unlimited opportunities.
The Canadian economy is dominated by the service industry. It employs about three-quarters of the country’s workforce. The other two types of industries are related to Natural resources and Manufacturing. Canada gives an unusually high emphasis on its primary sector, which includes forestry and petroleum industries. Canada as 11th in the world is one of the world’s wealthiest nations and is a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Group of Seven. Canada’s proximity and its long relationship with the United States is an added advantage.