When you study in Canada you’ll earn academic qualifications that are recognized and respected the world
over. You will become part of a diverse, welcoming and vibrant society that offers you a unique cultural
experience in a safe and beautiful environment.
Facts about Canada
- In 2008, there were 178,227 international students2 who stayed in Canada for at least six months, generating more than $6.5 billion for the Canadian economy.
- Canada has 4% of the world’s market share of international students, compared to 7% for Australia, 12% for the U.K., and 20% for the U.S.
- International students strengthen Canada’s schools, universities, and colleges, as well as the Canadian communities in which they study and live.
- Canada, has an opportunity to distinguish itself as a country that offers high-quality education, relative affordability, and a high level of comfort with cultural diversity.
Canada is a federation of ten provinces and three territories. Under the Canadian constitution, provincial governments have exclusive responsibility of all levels of education. There is no ministry or department of education at the federal level. Canada’s three territories, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, do not have the same constitutional status as the provinces, and are subject, in many areas, to more direct control from the federal government. With respect to education, however, the federal government has delegated this responsibility to the territorial governments, which, in turn, cooperate with the provinces to deliver postsecondary programs.
Canada is highly diverse culturally, with more than 200 ethnic origins and 200 first languages reported in the 2006 census. There are two major linguistic groups and two official languages, English and French. In 2006, over 57 per cent of the population reported English as their first language and almost 22 per cent reported French as their first language. The vast majority of francophones in Canada live in Quebec, where 79 per cent have French as their mother tongue. Almost 4 per cent of the Canadian population self-identified as Aboriginal.
Canada is the second largest country in the world. Because of its climate, there are no permanent settlements in nearly 90 per cent of the country. Most of Canada’s more than 33 million people live in highly urbanized centres in the south, within 300 kilometres of the border with the United States.
Canada is a major industrialized trading nation, a member of the G7/8, the G20, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and many other international bodies. The critical connection between a highly educated workforce and Canada’s continuing prosperity is at the core of Canadian economic policy.
Canada has one of the highest rates of postsecondary-education completion in the world. According to the 2006 census, six out of every 10 adults between 25 and 64 years of age had completed some form of postsecondary education.
Did you know ?
- Canada is ranked among the top 3 countries in the OECD’s better Life Index of 2013.
- Canada’s Universities are among the world’s best. In 2013, the QS University Ranking included 3 Canadian universities among the top 50 universities of the worl; the Times Higher Education World University Rankings included 5 Canadian universities among top 100; and the Academic Ranking of World Universities list of top 500 inclu ded 23 Canadian universities.
- Canadian secondary school students excel in science, reading and mathematics. The consistency have been among the top 3 English or French speaking countries in the world according to the latest OECD PISA studies in 2009
- Canada’s Educational institutions have long been incubators for innovation. 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 home to world-class collaborative researh and development. Projects include the innovative NEPTUNE ocean floor laboratory, the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative, Arctic, a revolutionary approach for studying the effects of climate change, and Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network (CANARIE Inc.) which facilities research and development around the world.
- More than 200,000 international students chose Canada in 2011!
- Canada has 4 universities in the top 100 of the Shanghai World University Rankings (2012)
- 5 MBA schools in Canada placed in the top 100 Financial Times Rankings (2012)
- Canadian students are top performers in reading, literacy, maths and sciences, and number 1 among English speaking countries according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).
- More than one third of Canada’s research is conducted at Canadian universities – one of the highest rates among OECD and G8 countries.