Canada is the ideal country both to study and to live in. – since 2004 Canada has been ranked in the first 10 countries with the highest life quality by the United Nations. With its education quality, innovative economy, friendly culture, and nature Canada has been an ideal country for international students over the years.
World Class Education – according to PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) and OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) Canadian students are ranked amongst the best based on their reading, math and science skills. Students are encouraged to gain practical skills as well as the theory.
Multiculturalism – Canada welcomes every culture and its potential. A tolerant culture is among the top Canadian values.
Innovative economy – Canada is a member of the G7 and the G20. It has the world’s 11th largest economy and one of the most stable currencies in the world.
Official languages – Canada’s official languages are English and French. While most of the French speaking population live in the province of Quebec, Canada offers international students to learn both English and French as a second language.
Life in Canada
Once you tell your friends and family about your plans to move to Canada, we know that the first thing you will start hearing will be “it’s too cold there”. However, although they are not equal in length, there are four seasons in Canada. Since there are more than 2 million lakes in here, we actually have really hot and humid days in summers. Don’t forget to pack up your swimming suit along with your toque, gloves and winter jacket. Most of the cities have good public transportation systems, so it is really easy to get from one part of the city to the other by bus or subway. Speaking of public transportation, you will get to experience world famous Canadian politeness when you are getting on and off the subway or the bus. This is the country of kindness and politeness, so once you see strangers greeting you on the streets, don’t forget to greet them back!
Everyone enjoys different tastes, and Canada is just great for variety! Due to it’s multicultural nature, you can find any type of cuisine on Canada. From Japanese Cheesecakes to Brazilian Steakhouses, you can taste the whole world in one country.
Art & Culture
If you are into art, Canada is the place to be. It is possible to find an event every day of the year. Aside from Broadway musicals, Canada offers a great variety of productions, events and festivals. Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Canadian Museum of History (Ottawa), Musée de la civilisation (Quebec City) are among many museums to see. Or if you are into music, you can watch many super stars live on stage at Rogers Centre.
The most popular sport in Canada is hockey, but don’t think you have no other options. Toronto FC (Soccer – MLS), Argonauts (Football – CFL), Blue Jays (Baseball – MLB) and of course Raptors (Basketball – NBA) are among many major sports teams. Sports is a big part of Canadian life; you can always see someone jogging or cycling in the city. After business hours, cities are crowded with people carrying their sports bags to the gym or whatever activity they are interested in. There are leagues you can sign up for where you will join a team to play your favourite sport. In winter, you can put on your skates and skate on many rinks free for public use. In the summer, you can go to the beach and play beach volleyball with your friends.
Many cities in Canada will have festivals you can attend for free throughout the year.
In Toronto, some of the festivals you shouldn’t miss are Taste of Danforth (Greek food and culture), Toronto Jazz Festival, CNE (Canadian National Exhibition). In fall you can go to a premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and have a chance to see Hollywood stars, or spend a night visiting modern art exhibitions at Nuit Blanche. Throughout October, you will find many Halloween events, and in winter streets will light up with Christmas lights.
Did you know?
- Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia.
- Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined.
- The Canada–United States border is the longest international border in the world between two countries.
- Canada 10 percent of the world’s forested land
- According to Statistics Canada, 20% of Canadian population is foreign-born
- Canadian citizens and permanent residents don’t have to pay for most health-care services.
- Canada produces about 77% of the world’s maple syrup
- Jim Carey, Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, Ryan Gosling are Canadians
- Canada is the most educated country of the world
- In Newfoundland, Canada, the Atlantic Ocean sometimes freezes so people play hockey on it
- Canada has the most donut consumption per capita
- In Canada, $1 coins are called “loonie”, $2 coins are called “toonie”, $0.25 coins are called “quarter”, $0.10 coins are called “dime” and $0.05 coins are called “nickel”
- There is one Tim Horton’s on almost every corner
- Hawaiian pizza is from Canada