Living in Canada
Canada is the second largest country in the world and it consists of ten provinces and three territories.
Geographically, Canada stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and northward till the Arctic Ocean.
Canada is abundant in nature and has everything from beautiful beaches to snowy mountains.
The maple syrup that is harvested mainly in the Quebec province of Canada is famous the world over.
Canada supports immigrants and has many policies that make their transition into Canadian citizens very easy.
Canada is very proud of its multicultural society and emphasizes on equality. The culture of this country is very similar to the western culture that most of the world is already aware of and trying to adapt.
Except for a few territories, like Quebec, that are dominated by the French, the rest of Canada is very similar to its neighbor, the United States of America.
Politics in Canada
The government of Canada is formally called as Her Majesty’s Government and the head of state in Canada is Queen Elizabeth II.
The Prime Minister, who is appointed by the crown, from the party that won the elections, is the head of the government.
There are many political parties in Canada like the Liberal Party of Canada, Conservative Party of Canada, New Democratic Party, Bloc Québécois, and the Green Party of Canada.
The elections, however, have been dominated by the Liberal Party of Canada and Conservative Party of Canada.
In the recent elections, the social-democratic New Democratic Party (NDP) has risen to prominence.
The Supreme Court of Canada is the highest court in the country and is the final court of appeal in the Canadian justice system.
This court comprises of nine judges: eight Puisne Justices and the Chief Justice of Canada.
Canada is the eleventh largest economy in the world and is one of the top 10 trading nations.
The Toronto stock exchange is the seventh largest stock exchange in the world. Canada’s economy is largely built on the manufacturing, mining, and service sectors of the country. Today, the Canadian economy is dominated by the service industry.
Canada is also the world’s largest supplier of agricultural products and also exports zinc, uranium, gold, nickel, aluminum, and steel.
Buying or Renting Property in Canada
Canada is a safe place for foreigners, but it is still better to find a home in a neighborhood that is considered secure. When renting a home in Canada, you will need to provide complete financial details to the landlord for security checks.
The homes in Canada are equipped with all modern amenities and usually, people from different countries do not find it very difficult to adjust to the new environment.
Most cities in Canada experience extreme winters and so you should make it absolutely certain that the home you are renting has a central heating system.
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Schools in Canada
Education in Canada is funded by the federal and provincial governments. It is divided into primary, secondary, and post-secondary education.
Education in Canada is compulsory till the age of 16 and its literacy rate is 99%.
People moving to Canada can choose both public as well as private schools for their children as all schools in Canada follow a standard curriculum and teach in English.
Travel to and from the school can be done using school buses or public transportation depending on your comfort level and need. Most parents prefer to carpool.
Weather in Canada
Most parts of Canada experience the four typical seasons, spring, summer, fall, and winter.
The months of March, April and May are the spring season, whereas summer is spread across June to September. Canada experiences autumn from September to December and winter from December to March.
When living in Canada, make sure to check daily weather updates and be prepared.
The winters are extremely cold and snow storms are very common in certain areas. Be prepared to layer up if you need to step out during one.
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