Canada is one of the world's wealthiest nations with a high per capital income,
a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
(OECD) and Group of Eight (G8). Canada is a federation composed of ten
provinces and three territories; in turn, these may be grouped into
numerous regions, which predicate some aspects of Canadian governance,
e. Canada is a constitutional monarchy with Elizabeth II, Queen of
Canada, as head of state; the monarch of Canada also serves as head of
state of fifteen other Commonwealth countries, putting Canada in a
personal union relationship with those other states. Canada is a free
market economy with slightly more government intervention than the
United States, but much less than most European nations.
constitution consists of written text and unwritten traditions and
conventions. Canada's judiciary plays an important role in interpreting
laws and has the power to strike down laws that violate the
Constitution. Canada and the United States share the world's longest
undefended border, co-operate on military campaigns and exercises, and
are each others largest trading partners. Canada has nevertheless
maintained an independent foreign policy, most notably maintaining full
relations with Cuba and declining participation in the Iraq War.
soldiers would win the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917. Canadian troops
played important roles in the Battle of the Atlantic, the failed 1941
Dieppe Raid in France, the Allied invasion of Italy, the Battle of the
Scheldt during the liberation of the Netherlands in 1944. Canadian
nationalists continued to worry about their cultural autonomy as
American television shows, movies and corporations became omnipresent.
Canadians practice a wide variety of religions. Canadian provinces and
territories are responsible for education. Canadian culture has
historically been influenced by British, French, and Aboriginal cultures
The country is a parliamentary
democracy with a federal system of parliamentary government and strong
democratic traditions. Government regulation and supervision of the
market was seen by respondents as neutral to slightly negative in its
impact on decision-making. Social democratic programs such as Universal
Health Care, the Canada Pension Plan, and Canada Student Loans were
initiated in the 1960s and consolidated in the 1970s; provincial
governments, particularly Quebec, fought these as incursions into their
Immigration to Canada is possible
for family members of people already established in the country.
Immigration to Canada based on the skilled worker category, is a very
popular visa programme and is intended for people with high levels of
skills and experience. Post-war prosperity and economic expansion
ignited a baby boom and attracted immigration from war-ravaged European
countries. Canada has the highest per capita immigration rate in the
world, driven by economic policy and family reunification; Canada also
accepts large numbers of refugees. Canadian culture has also been
greatly influenced by immigration from all over the world.
is the United States' largest trade partner. Canada is contiguous to
"the center of the empire". Canada is a geographically vast and
ethnically diverse country. Canada is highly dependent on international trade,
especially trade with the United States. Canada is one of the world's
most important suppliers of agricultural products, with the Canadian
Prairies one of the most important suppliers of wheat, canola and other
grains. Canada is one of the few developed nations that is a net
exporter of energy.
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