Canada is the world’s second-largest country, surpassed only by the Russian Federation. The country is encased by the world’s longest coastline. Distances in Canada can be vast. Canada’s population is over 30 million (very low when compared to the size of the country) with the vast majority (77%) living in cities and towns. The largest cities in Canada are: Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver, Ottawa (the National Capital Region) and London.

Canada is a developed country, with the ninth highest per capital income globally, and the 11th highest ranking in human development. Subsequently, Canada ranks among the highest in international measurements of education, government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, and economic freedom.

Canada’s advanced economy is one of the largest (eleventh) in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed trade networks, especially with the United States, with which it has had a long and complex relationship.

General Facts of Canada

  • Language: English, French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar CAD
  • 1 Canadian Dollar = Rs.58
  • Capital: Ottawa
  • Major Cities: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau, Calgary, Edmonton
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 42.6%, Protestant 23.3% (including United Church 9.5%, Anglican 6.8%, Baptist 2.4%, Lutheran 2%), other Christian 4.4%, Muslim 1.9%, other and unspecified 11.8%, none 16% .
  • Population: 34,207,000
  • Ethnic Groups: British, European, Asian
  • ISD Code: 001
  • Study in Canada


    International Academy is an authorized recruitment consultant for many Canadian Universities, Colleges and representing most of the Canadian education sectors. IA is an independent organization established in January 2001 and has network associates around the world. The Canadian education and training system include four main sectors: Universities, vocational education and training institutes, schools and private career training institutes.

    Education is a provincial (state) responsibility under the Canadian constitution, which means there are significant differences between the education systems of the different provinces. However, education is important to Canadians, and standards across the country are uniformly high.

    In general, Canadian children attend kindergarten for one or two years at the age of four or five on a voluntary basis. All children begin Grade One at about six years of age. The school year normally runs from September through the following June but in some instances, January and May intake dates are possible. Secondary schools go up to Grades 12 or 13, depending on the province. From there, students may attend university, college or Cégep studies.

    Cégep is a French acronym for College of General and Vocational Education, and is two years of general or three years of technical education between high school and university. The province of Québec has the Cégep system.

    Universities offer Diplomas, Graduate Certificate Bachelors, Post Baccalaureate Diplomas, Graduate Diploma, Master and Doctoral courses covering fields of study such as agriculture, business, economics, education, environmental science, engineering, health sciences, humanities and social sciences, information technology, law, mathematics and computing, medicine, science and visual/performing arts etc.

    Vocational education institutions offer Certificates, Diplomas, Graduate Certificate, & Bachelors programs in the field of business, Computing, Marketing, Accounting, Tourism, Hospitality, Engineering, Nursing, Health, Social Work, Education etc.

    Majority of international students in Canada is full-fee paying students and is not awarded much scholarships. You will need to consider whether you can afford to study at a particular institution. Fees vary according to the institution and discipline selected. For example, science and medical courses that require a large amount of laboratory and fieldwork are more costly than arts courses. To be granted a student visa you will need to declare your financial ability and you will need evidence of having sufficient funds to pay part or all of your tuition fees.

    There is also the cost of living to consider. If you intend to get a job while studying in Canada then the money you earn from working in Canada should only supplement your income and not be your primary source of income. You can start working right after commencement of your studies and you will only be permitted to work a limited number of hours.

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