General Information

With 2nd largest country in the world by total area (plenty of room!), huge natural reserves and a high standard of living, Canada is a great place to move to! Well regarded internationally and consistently ranking highly in all developed world indicators, Canada is considered far more progressive than its next door neighbour. It also has a growing multicultural population.

Capital : Ottowa

Major Cities : Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary

Official Language : English & French

Time Zone : GMT-3.5 to -8
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Currency : CANADA dollar (CAD)
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Population : 33 673 000 (2009 est)
Median Age : 39.5 years
Growth Rate : 0.83% (2008 est)
Net migration rate : 5.63/1000 population
Life expectancy at birth : 81.23 years

GDP per capita : $39 183 (2008)

Total Area : 9,984,670 sq km
2nd largest country in the world

Ethnic groups : British Isles origin 28%, French origin 23%, other European 15%, Amerindian 2%, other, mostly Asian, African, Arab 6%, mixed background 26%

Religions : Roman Catholic 42.6%, Protestant 23.3% (including United Church 9.5%, Anglican 6.8%, Baptist 2.4%, Lutheran 2%), other Christian 4.4%, Muslim 1.9%, other and unspecified 11.8%, none 16% (2001 census)

Languages : English (official) 59.3%, French (official) 23.2%, other 17.5%

Export partners : US 79%, UK 2.8%, China 2.1% (2006)
Import partners : US 55.1%, China 9.4%, Mexico 4.2% (2006)

United Nations Human Development Index places Canada 4th out of 177 countries.
The Economist placed Canada 14th out of 111 countries in its 2005 Worldwide Quality of Life Index.
Yale University/Columbia University places Canada 6th out of 146 nations in terms of Environmental Sustainability.

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