Fast facts about Canada
- World’s 2nd largest country (by area)
- 35.8 million people in 10 provinces and 3 territories
- Stable parliamentary democracy
- High quality of life that is safe and secure
- Canada is the top Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) country in spending per student on public postsecondary education
- Ethnically diverse – Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver are home to large immigrant population
- Research and development at universities in Canada is conducted at one of the highest rates among OECD and G8 countries
- Academic programs are offered in English or French, with some institutions offering instruction in both languages
- Trimester system with admission in September, January, and May
Did you know?
- Canada regularly ranks among the top 10 countries in the United Nations Quality of Life Index.
- Canada’s universities are among the world’s best. In 2015, 4 Canadian universities ranked in the top 100 of the ARWU (Shanghai Ranking) and 20 in the top 500; 3 ranked in the top 50 of the QS World University Rankings and 20 in the top 500; and 4 ranked in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
- Canadian students perform well in reading, literacy, maths and sciences, top among English and French-speaking countries according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).
- Canada’s educational institutions have long been incubators for innovation. The BlackBerry, flat screen technology, SMART boards, voice compression applications for cell phones and computers, and IMAX film are among the many revolutionary technologies invented and developed by men and women who studied in Canada.
- Canada is the home to world-class collaborative research and development. Projects include the innovative NEPTUNE ocean floor laboratory, the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative, ArcticNet, a revolutionary approach for studying the effects of climate change, and Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network (CANARIE Inc.) which facilitates research and development around the world.
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