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CANADIANS PLACE GREAT IMPORTANCE ON LEARNING
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Canadians place great importance on learning, and have developed a first-rate education system with high standards. The country spends more on education (as a percentage of GDP) compared to the OECD average, and is the second highest among G-8 countries.

The Education System in Canada

The education system in Canada encompasses both publicly-funded and private schools, including: community colleges/ technical institutes, career colleges, language schools, secondary schools, summer camps, universities and university colleges.

Education is a provincial responsibility under the Canadian constitution, which means there are significant differences between the education systems of the different provinces. However, education is important to Canadians, and standards across the country are uniformly high.

In general, Canadian children attend kindergarten for one or two years at the age of four or five on a voluntary basis. All children begin Grade One at about six years of age. The school year normally runs from September through the following June but in some instances, January intake dates are possible. Secondary schools go up to Grades 11 or 12, depending on the province. From there, students may attend university, college or Cégep studies. Cégep is a French acronym for College of General and Vocational Education, and is two years of general or three years of technical education between high school and university. The province of Québec has the Cégep system.

High Quality Education

Education institutions are not officially ranked in Canada, but you will find quality institutions across the country. When choosing your school in Canada, consider the type, size and location of the institution. If you are interested in a particular area of study, investigate which schools have more to offer in that discipline.

Canada at a glance

Canada has one of the most attractive immigration policies in the world. The united nations has voted Canada as one of the best places in the world to live. A strong economy over the years has led the government to develop some of the best social welfare programs in the world. The citizens and landed immigrants have equal rights. Canada has a diversified economy. Natural resources industries, such as forestry, mining, oil and gas extraction, farming and fishing contribute significantly in employment and export earnings. Canada is also global leader the fields of telecommunication, biotechnology, aerospace technologies and pharmaceuticals. Increasingly jobs involve work in service industries or in information technology along with the united states and Mexico, Canada is a partner in the North America free trade agreement.

Facts about Canada

Country of vast distances and endowed with rich natural resources, Canada is the world's second-largest country next to the Russian Federation. Canada became a self-governing country in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and technologically the nation has developed at par with the us.

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Location

Northern North America, Bordering The North Atlantic Ocean On The East, North Pacific Ocean On The West, And The Arctic Ocean On The North, North Of The USA.

Land boundaries

Shares its boundaries with the us total : 8,893km border countries: US 8,893 km (includes 2,477 km with Alaska)Coastline: 202,080 KM

Climate

Due to its vastness varies from temperate in south to subarctic and arctic in north. There are many climatic variations in this huge country, ranging from the permanently frozen icecaps north to the British Columbia's west coast. The most populous regions, which are the country's south along the U.S. border, enjoy four distinct seasons.

Here daytime summer temperatures can rise to 350C and higher, while lows of -250C are usual in winter. More moderate temperatures are the norm in spring and fall.

Capital

Ottawa, in the province of Ontario.

Population

As of July 2013, Canada's population was over 35.15 million.

Leading Cities

As of July 1, 2012, the main Canadian cities are Toronto (5.8 million), Montreal (3.9 million), Vancouver (2.4 million), Ottawa-hull, the national capital region (1.25 million).

Standard of Living

Using GDP per capita as the yardstick Canada is ranked 6th next only to us, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany, and Japan. And it rank improves if we consider factors like medical, life expectancy, education that enhance the "quality of life."

Health Care and Social Security

Except from dental services, basic health care, is free at the point of delivery for those over 65 and social aid recipients. Prescription drugs in most cases is dispensed free of charge. Canada also has an extensive social security network, including an old age pension, a family allowance, unemployment insurance and welfare.

Languages

English and French are the country's two official languages, though the province of new Brunswick is the only officially bilingual area in the country.

Ethnic Origin

In 2012, about 19% of the population reported "Canadian" as their single ethnic origin, with 17% reporting British isles-only ancestry and 9% French-only ancestry. About 10% reported a combination of British isles, French, or Canadian origin, with another 16% reporting an ancestry of British isles, French or Canadian in combination with some other origin. Some 28% reported origins other than the British isles, French or Canadian.

Education

The educational system is not uniform in all provinces and differs from province to province. It includes six to eight years of elementary school, four or five years of secondary school and three or four years at the university undergraduate level.

Sports

Canada's most popular sports include swimming, ice hockey, cross-country and alpine skiing, baseball, tennis, basketball and golf. National sports of Canada are ice hockey and lacrosse.

Economy - Overview

Like the US, Canada is categorized as a rich high technology industrial nation, a market oriented economy and similar systems of production with high living standards. Post world war ii, a nation which had a rural economy developed itself into an urban and industrial one. This was largely due to an impressive growth of the mining, manufacturing and service sectors. The 1989 US-Canada free trade agreement (FTA) and the 1994 North American free trade agreement (NAFTA) (which includes Mexico) triggered off a dramatic increase in trade and economic integration with the US. Nevertheless, given its great natural resources, skilled labor force, and modern capital plant canada enjoys solid economic prospects trade accounts for approximately a third of GDP. Canada enjoys a substantial trade surplus with its principal trading partner, the United States, which absorbs more than 85% of Canadian exports. Almost 90% of the population lives within 160 kilometers of the us border.

Provinces and Territories

  • Alberta (Edmonton)
  • British Columbia (Victoria)
  • Manitoba (Winnipeg)
  • New Brunswick (Fredericton)
  • Newfoundland (St. John's)
  • Northwest Territories (Yellowknife)
  • Nova Scotia (Halifax)
  • Nunavut (Iqaluit)
  • Ontario (Toronto)
  • Prince Edward Island Charlottetown)
  • Quebec (Quebec city)
  • Northwest Territories (Yellowknife)
  • Yukon Territory (Whitehorse)
  • Saskatchewan (Regina)