Living in Canada guide for expats

All the information you need to relocate and live in Canada.

Our selection of articles for expatriation in Canada

Working Holiday Visa in Canada

Would you like to travel to Canada and work to finance your trip? This article should interest you. Here are some guidelines on ...

Opening a bank account in Canada

Most major Canadian banks offer different types of accounts and services. To make your choice, do not hesitate to compare offers ...

Opening a bank account in Quebec

To open a bank account in Quebec, go to a banking agency of your choice and fill in an account application form, leaving your ...

The healthcare system in Canada

Depending on the type of Canadian residency permit you have obtained and on your country of origin, you may be entitled, upon ...

Healthcare in Quebec

When you arrive in Quebec, you must go to the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) to apply for your ...

How has COVID-19 changed life in Canada?

Since the 1970s, Canada has been showing great interest in migration, and its government has been persistently working to promote ...

Working in Canada

You have several options if you want to work in Canada: you can find a job in Canada from abroad, be in a relationship with a ...

Accommodation in Hamilton

If you are looking to settle in Auckland, but can't afford the ever-inflating prices, then Hamilton is a great alternative ...

Working in Hamilton

Located in the Waikato region, just over 100 kilometres from Auckland, Hamilton is a city on the rise. It is the fourth largest ...

Developing your professional network in Toronto

Before getting to Toronto, most immigrants try as much as possible to cultivate some form of professional contacts that could ...

Adjusting to the local culture in Toronto

When one first steps foot in Toronto, it almost always seems strange and hard to fit in but if rightly guided, it doesn't usually ...

Discovering Montreal

Montreal is a multi-faceted town which attracts investors as well as families and students and workers from around the world. It ...

Dos and don'ts with Montrealers

Expats usually have a hard time understanding that they are not at home when they are in Montreal, as a result of the French ...

Developing your professional network in Montreal

Having the right network may help you to land your dream job, particularly in Montreal where plenty of job offers are never ...

Developing your social circle in Montreal

Establishing a good network is key for a successful expatriation in Montreal. Here are some leads to help you meet people in ...

About Canada

Canada is a constitutional monarchy with a federal parliamentary system, which recognizes Queen Elizabeth II since her coronation on February 6, 1952. It is also a bilingual and multicultural nation, with English and French being the two official languages at the federal level. New Brunswick is the only officially bilingual province. Quebec is officially French, but English is also spoken. The other provinces are English-speaking.

Demography of Canada

Canada's capital is Ottawa. The main cities are Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, among others. Among the various provinces listed are Ontario, which is the most populated province, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta. Two-thirds of Canadians live in the south, near the border with the United States.

The population in 2017 was 36,708,083, according to Statistics Canada. From 2011 to 2016, Canada had the highest population growth in the Group of Seven (G7) countries. About two-thirds of this result is attributed to increased migration.

The average age of Canadians is 40.6 years. The most represented age group is the 15 to 64 age group, followed by those aged 64 and over. In 2016, according to Statistics Canada, the number of people close to retirement has exceeded the number of young people preparing to enter the labour market.

Politics in Canada

Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, is the current Prime Minister. He was sworn in November 2015 and will normally hold office until 2019, the year of the next federal election.

The Governor General of Canada is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister, but he has no real power. Rideau Hall in Ottawa and the Citadelle in Quebec City are the governor's residences.

Canada's federal parliamentary system is part of a democratic tradition inherited from 16th-century English democracy. The legislative branch consists of the Parliament, composed of the Governor General of Canada who represents the Queen, the Senate and the House of Commons.

Canada is considered one of the richest nations in the world. The country is also a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the G7. Its market economy is slightly more subject to government intervention than the US economy, but much less so than most European countries. In November 2018, the unemployment rate stood at 5.6%, the lowest rate in 40 years.

Immigration in Canada

More than 16 million people visit Canada each year. Each year, nearly 400,000 foreign workers go there to take up temporary jobs. In 2017, according to data from the Canadian Bureau for International Education, 494,525 international students were enrolled in Canadian schools (all levels combined).

Quick Information

Capital : Ottawa
Official Languages : English , French , Inuktitut
Currency : Dollar
Area : 9984670 Km2
Population : 33679000
Calling Code : +1

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