Is Canada A Free Country?
Over the years, Canada has garnered a reputation of being one of the most welcoming countries( easiest) to emigrate to. Every day, people from other North American countries and even countries outside the continent migrate and immigrate to Canada in large numbers. This article aims to equip you with vital information about Canada.
Canada: History, Geographical Location, and Population
In 1867, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick teamed up to form a Dominion with their government, parliament, and prime minister. Manitoba would join the coalition shortly after. In 1931, the Dominion became the independent nation of Canada.
Canada is located in the top half of North America. The country is bordered by three oceans: the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic. The country has the longest coastline of any country. To the south, the country shares a nearly 9,000 kilometers border with the United States and that is the longest border in the world.
The country’s ten provinces and three territories cover 9.98 million square kilometers making it the world’s second-largest country by total area. The country’s capital is Ottawa and its official languages are French and English language.
According to the Worldometer elaboration of the United Nations data, the current population of Canada is thirty-eight million, two hundred and forty-six thousand, four hundred and seventy-two(38,246,472) which translates into 0.48% of the total world population.
Canada’s Relationship With Other countries
Up until the 1900s, Canada’s interactions with the world were almost solely through Great Britain and the United States. The country conducted its formal relations with other countries through the British Foreign Office because although self-governing at the time, the country was still a colony and therefore had no right to independent diplomatic status. However, in 1909, the Canadian Department of External Affairs was created, and thus, the country became responsible for handling its foreign relations.
Ever since it assumed control of its foreign affairs, Canada has maintained a cordial relation with countries all over the world with the United States being its greatest ally.
System of Government
Canada practices the Federation, Constitutional Monarch, and the Parliamentary Democracy systems of government. Thus, the country has a Queen who is represented by a governor-general while the prime minister is the head of government. Consequent to the fact that the Crown is regarded as the corporate sole and is vested with all the powers of the state, it assumes distinct roles as Crown-in-Council (Executive), Crown-in-Parliament (Legislature), and Crown-on-the-Bench (Courts).
Canada has a graduated Tax System. This simply means that the more money you earn, the more you pay. The three basic taxes in Canada are income taxes, sales taxes, and property taxes. Although income is taxed based on the amount, the tax range for federal income is between 15% to 33% of total income earned.
Health Care System
Canada has a publicly funded health care system. Although people presume health care to be free, Canadians do pay for their health care through taxes. Health care is funded primarily by the thirteen provinces and territories.
It is pertinent to state that the public health care system is generous towards citizens and permanent residents but not entirely free for foreigners. You must have lived in Canada for at least three months as a foreigner to become eligible for Canada’s universal health care thus, limiting the access of new immigrants to free medical care.
Things Not To Do In Canada
Considering that Canadians are about the world’s politest people even when outside their home country, it is only normal that you return the same courtesy if you ever find yourself In Canada. So below is a list of some things you shouldn’t do in Canada: