Canada 's population grew by
+5.4% between 2001 and 2006—more rapidly than any other G8
country over the same period—for a total population of
31,612,897 (2006 Census). This was due primarily to an increase
in international migration.
Immigrants now account for
more than 70% of all Canadian labour force growth and, by 2030,
will account for all population growth. Canada 's recent
immigration levels have been double those of the United States ,
with priority given to high-skill workers.
- Canada has the
highest percentage of individuals achieving at least college
or university education among the 50 countries surveyed
(Source: World Competitiveness Yearbook, 2006).
Canada is becoming
increasingly urbanized, with the vast majority of population
growth taking place in metropolitan areas. Nearly 25 million
people, or 80% of Canadians, now live in
The fastest population growth
has been in
a 10.6% population increase between 2001 and 2006 was twice the
the most populous province, with 12,160,282 residents.
are the next fastest-growing regions in the country.
- The 2nd largest country
in the world, Canada covers the entire northern part of the
North American continent, with the exception of Alaska.
- Its massive land area is
9,093,507 sq. km, excluding freshwater areas that hold 10%
of the world's fresh water.
- Canada has the world's
longest coastline at 243,792 km, surrounded by the Arctic ,
Atlantic and Pacific Oceans .
- The southernmost point of
land in Canada is farther south than Rome while the
northernmost tip of land is close to the North Pole.
- Canada shares a common
border with the United States that stretches across 8,893
- 17 of Canada 's 20
largest cities are within an hour and a half drive of the US
In 2006-07, Canada reported
its 11th consecutive balanced budget and 10th consecutive budget
surplus. The surpluses have been used to pay down the federal
government's debt, which is projected to fall to 29% of GDP by
Canada remains the top performer among the G7 in GDP growth and
is expected to continue its dynamic performance. Canada has
achieved exceptionally strong employment growth, with a 67.5%
labour force participation rate—the highest in Canada 's
history—and an unemployment rate of 6.1% in 2007, the lowest in
30 years. Canada also enjoys the lowest overall labour costs in
Characteristics of the Main Productive Sectors
The Canadian economy is well
diversified and fast becoming knowledge-based.
The reasons for Canada 's
- wealth of natural
- strength of its
manufacturing and construction industries
- health of the financial
and service sectors
- ability to span distances
using communications and transportation technologies
- dynamic trade
relationships with other nations, especially the US
- ability to compete in a
Did you Know that:
United Nation Development
2009 Human Development Report,
and ranked 182 countries in terms of the quality of life
of their citizens, or the UN Human Development Index (HDI).
The criteria included life expectancy, literacy rates,
school enrollment, and the country's economy.
Norway is ranked the first, followed by
Australia and Iceland.
Canada is no. 4. The 4th best country in the world
to live in out of 182 countries.
7th among 178 countries for the ease of Doing business
According to the World
Doing Business 2008
several factors such
make Canada one of the best
place for engaging in
business. Canada ranks particularly well for the ease in
creating a new
business (2nd), the protection of business investors
(5th) and access to credit (7th).