Area: 9 984 670 km ²
Climate: varies from temperate climate in the South to subarctic or arctic in the North
Population: 33 487 208(estimations of July 2009)
Languages: two official languages : English 59.3% and French 23.2%, others 17.5%.
Government - Economy
Type of government: parliamentary democracy, federation and kingdom of Commonwealth
GDP: 1,307 billion of dollars (estimated in 2008)
GDP – per inhabitant (PPA) : 39,300 dollars (estimated in 2008)
Information for Foreign Students in Canada
Applying for a visa
To go and study in Canada for more than six months, a Student permit is required, released by the embassy of Canada in your home country. It is at your arrival on Canadian soil that you will go to immigration services who will print the visa.
Roommate system is very common in North America. You can get an accommodation with electricity included. Housing prices are high but accommodations are well equipped with anything you may need. Indeed, often you will find the essential things in life provided such as health care services, exercise facilities, computer rooms and libraries at your disposition.
Social benefit in Canada: people who live in British Columbia have to pay an universal health care system (MSP) that costs $54 per month.