Canada is a country founded by immigrants. Immigration has always been pivotal to Canada’s economic success. In fact, Canada has the highest per capita rate of immigration in the world. Two million immigrants were welcome into Canada in the last decade alone, and the bright stream of peoples from around the world who chose to make a better life for themselves and their families in Canada is one of our country’s greatest assets.
Open and Tolerant
An open and tolerant society, Canada has been called the least racist country in the world. Individuals born in other countries rise to the top in every sector of Canadian society, from business to politics to the arts.
Our rich ethnic diversity is a source of pride. Where the United States views itself as a melting pot of world cultures, Canada considers itself a mosaic. Far from having to abandon all of the cherished ways of their homeland, immigrants are encouraged to bring the best of their cultural traditions with them and share them with their fellow citizens.
A World of Universal Health Care
As a liberal democracy, Canada cares deeply about the welfare of its citizens. Its publicly funded health insurance system is one of its prides. Known as Medicare, it provides basic medical care to all.
Funded jointly by the federal and provincial governments, the health care system is administered by the individual provinces to meet the needs of their local populations. For this reason, it has a different character in each area.
In Quebec, for example, in addition to medical care, free medication has been integrated into the province’s Medicare plan. Reflecting the needs of its large Asian population, in British Columbia, traditional Chinese medicine as well as other complementary medical disciplines are features of the system.
Those with a permanent resident visa are eligible for Medicare.
A World of Excellent Education
Canada invests in the best for its citizens at every stage of life. Schooling is free for citizens and permanent residents from kindergarten through high school. In Quebec, college-level education is also free to Quebec residents.
While tuition is charged for Canadian universities, the cost of a high-quality university education here is considerably less than in the United States. Student loans, bursaries and scholarships are available for those needing financial help.
The excellence of our universities is acknowledged worldwide. Students, including many from the USA, come from around the globe to study in Canada.