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Life In Canada:

Canada is deserved of its reputation for magnificent scenery, cleanliness, plentiful wildlife, peace, diversity, and vast spaces. It is the second largest country in the world. Canada is made up of 10 provinces and 3 territories in the north. Canada has about 31 million people. More than 80 percent of all the people in Canada live in towns and cities within250 kilometers of the United States border. Ottawa is Canada’s Capital city, with a population of nearly one million. It is located in the province of Ontario. Canada’s largest cities are: Toronto, Montreal, Quebec and Vancouver.

Canada provides free education from elementary to secondary school. French immersion programs where English-speaking children are taught classes in French are an option for some schools in Canada. Approximately 85% of Canadians complete high school and 65% continue to a post-secondary education. Universities in Canada attract students from all over the world.

In addition, Arts and culture is lived and breathed in every corner of Canada. Due to an ethnic and immigrant population, the variety and richness of art and sports is very evident Musicians are reaching a higher level of recognition in the world music scene. Everything from Country to Pop, Classical to Heavy Rock can be found across Canada and across the globe performed by Canadian artists. Sport is a major part of today's society in Canada. Ice hockey is the most popular spectator sport with more participants taking part in curling. American style football and baseball are also very popular and all of these sports are played across Canada.

It is probably one of the most attractive countries in which to live. The United Nations recently gave Canada the top rating of the best place to live in the world. What makes it so attractive? Canada has one of the highest live expectancies in the world:
  • It is a safe place to live
  • It is very prosperous
  • It has wide open spaces and spectacular scenery
  • There is an excellent health care system.
Immigration stimulates Canada's growth, prosperity and cultural diversity. It reunites families and offers protection to refugees. Canada benefits from the talents, experience and energy of immigrants, whether they are skilled workers, business people, refugees, relatives of Canadian citizens and residents, foreign students, temporary workers or others. All stimulate economic growth and enrich Canada's social and cultural life.

In 2002, Canada welcomed 229,091 immigrants and refugees as new permanent residents and is aiming to meet the low end of the 2003 target range. For 2004, working within existing resources, CIC is planning to maintain the same target range as the previous year - 220,000 to 245,000 new permanent residents.

Most new immigrants to Canada come from the following countries: China, India, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, USA, Iran, Romania, UK and Colombia.

Canada's unemployment rate has hit its lowest levels in recent history, dropping from 9.6 percent to seven percent. In the latter half of 2000, the Canadian labor market witnessed the creation of 187,000 new job openings. In the last few years, Canada has faced a critical shortage of skilled workers. Some industry experts call this a "brain drain," as the best and brightest Canadian workers are flocking to the United States in search of higher salaries. Experts fear that the shortage of skilled workers in some sectors could grow to one million by 2020.

Immigration has helped to make Canada one of the world's richest countries, and the country is largely free of racial tension. Many recent newcomers hail from Asia.

Canada's government is a confederation with parliamentary democracy. Queen Elizabeth II serves as the head of state under a constitutional monarchy. A democratically elected parliament is chosen at least every five years with the prime minister, chosen from the majority party or coalition, serving as head of the government.
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