Info for International Students Studying in Canada

Downtown Vancouver is on the edge of English Bay


Canada has some of this planet's greatest and most unique gifts. With towering mountain ranges, inland deserts, large bodies of fresh and saline waters, a huge expanse of prairies, long stretches of sandy beaches interrupted by deepening fjords, and vast desolations of tundra and ice and snow - Canada does have it all.


Canada - The World's Best Country To Live In

For almost a decade (to 2001), Canada was ranked number one among 175 countries in the United Nation's Quality of Life survey. Canada manages to maintain a relatively high standard today. According to the 2004 UN Human Development Index , Canada was ranked fourth overall. ( Read detailed 2004 information on Canada from the United Nations web site.)


What is the United Nations Human Development Index?

The United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) examines the health, education and wealth of each nation's citizens by measuring:

  • life expectancy
  • educational achievement -- adult literacy plus combined primary,
  • secondary and tertiary enrolment; and standard of living -- real GDP per capita based on PPP exchange rates.

The UN also computes a Gender-Related Development Index that extends the HDI to take into account gender differences in the ranking criteria. Canada ranks wel in this category: 2nd in 2002, 1st in 1997, and 2nd in 1996.

Canada has the best educated people and the highest literacy rate in the world. Canadians live longer than anyone on the planet, except people in Japan and Iceland.


Canada's Regions

In a poll directed to its two million readers, the New-York based Travel & Leisure magazine ranked Victoria and Vancouver, both in the province of British Columbia, on Canada's West Coast, as second and third of the five best cities in North America (only after San Francisco, and ahead of Seattle and New York). Considering categories of activities/attractions, culture/arts, people, restaurants/food and value, readers put the Canadian cities of Toronto and Ottawa in Ontario, and Montreal and Quebec City in Quebec also on the list.

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Canadian Facts

Canadian Tourism Commission
Commission canadienne du tourisme
The Library -- Canada
Virtual North: Tourism Resources
Images of Canada
Images du Canada
InfoHub: Canada
Quality of Life in Canada
Tax Refund for Visitors
Study English
Five Reasons to Study in Canada
Canadian Bureau for International Education
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
Association of Canadian Community Colleges
National Association of Career Colleges
Students' Travel Checklist