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Canada imposes a visa on Mexico
[ 13 July 2009 ]

Parliamentary Secretary Wong welcomes new Canadians and celebrates the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
[ 13 July 2009 ]




also known as the "Land of Opportunities" has been assessed as one of the best countries in the world to live in.

Health Care and Social Security

Basic health care, with the exception of dental services, is free at the point of delivery. And prescription drugs are in most cases dispensed without charge to people over 65 and social aid recipients. Canada also has an extensive social security network, including an old age pension, a family allowance, unemployment insurance and welfare


The educational system varies from province to province and 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. The 1996 census revealed that, among Canadians aged 15 and over, about 23% had graduated from secondary school, some 9% had bachelor's degrees, and about 6% had advanced degrees.


Canada has two official languages: English, the mother tongue of about 59% of Canadians; and French, the first language of 23% of the population. A full 18% have either more than one mother tongue or a mother tongue other than English or French, such as Chinese, Italian, German, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Ukrainian, Arabic,Farsi, Dutch, Tagalog, Greek, Vietnamese, Cree, Inuktitut, or other languages.


Leading Industries

These include automobile manufacturing, pulp and paper, iron and steel work, machinery and equipment manufacturing, mining, extraction of fossil fuels, forestry and agriculture.

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