Choosing Canada’s Quality of Life
There are many elements that contribute to Canada’s high quality of life, from its universal healthcare to its safety and stability.
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Canada’s culture is very diverse. Everyone’s heritage is an important and cherished part of Canadian culture. Canadians are comfortable and secure in their diversity because multiculturalism is a fundamental part of Canadian society. In fact, the United Nations named Toronto, Canada’s largest city, the most multicultural city in the world. Canada is officially a bilingual country, so Canadians have the right to federal government services in both English and French.
By world standards, Canada is a country that respects and protects the rights of people from all backgrounds. The Canadian Human Rights Act does not allow discrimination on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability or conviction for an offence for which a pardon has been granted.
In 2007, Canada's unemployment rate was at its lowest for 33 years. Canada is the only G7 country to run 7 consecutive surplus budgets. It has not run a federal deficit since 1996-97. The median after-tax income for Canadian families with two or more people in 2005 was CAD $56,000.
Canada enjoys a publicly funded health care system that guarantees all Canadians coverage for medically necessary services no matter where they live in the country. The United Nations estimates Canada’s life expectancy at 77 years for men, and 82 years for women.
Canada ranks among the world's leaders in per capita spending on public education. In Canada, the high level of education (almost half the population over the age of 15 now has some post-secondary schooling) has been a powerful contributor to the country's favourable standard of living, its growth of opportunity, and its reputation as a place where people both support and pursue intellectual accomplishment.
Safety and stability
Canada prides itself as being a peaceful, politically stable and safe country. We have laws that protect the rights of our citizens and our country is relatively unaffected by natural disasters.
Diverse and healthy environment
From ocean to mountains to boreal forest, Canada offers a physically beautiful and clean environment. Canada has undertaken the largest conservation agreement in the world by promising to protect approximately 600 million hectares of northern boreal forest – more than half of the country’s land base.
Canada has a reputation as a peacekeeper and provider of humanitarian aid around the world. Canada provides over 2 billion dollars of international aid annually. We also we support and participate in peace operations led by the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU).
Yes, what you have heard about the weather in Canada is true. For a significant part of the year (depending on how far north you live) Canadians experience cold weather. Canadians have adapted their homes, clothing and vehicles to deal with this northern climate. It is important to note that Canadian summers can be very hot, with temperatures reaching 30°C or more. Eastern provinces can be quite humid while the Prairies (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) have dry heat.