Canada

CANADA

Canada comes FIRST if you seek a high quality of life and Education. It has been consistently ranked by the UN as one of the best countries in the world to live in.

Canada is now-a-days a very hot destination for students not just for its quality academics but also the off-campus work opportunity for international full-time students.

A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is highly valued in business, government and academic circles around the globe. Canadian students consistently rank among the best in the world, science and math - a testament to the outstanding quality of Canadian schools.

Canadian Attractions

All major urban centers have a variety of shopping malls, restaurants, theatres, art galleries and museums. Canadian cities provide numerous parks, gardens and beaches for public use, as well as excellent sports and recreation facilities. There are currently 41 national parks and national park reserves in Canada. National parks are located in every province and territory, and some have been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Canada is also a country of diverse geography, and there is much to experience in its great outdoors: from the lush coastline of British Columbia, the majestic Rocky Mountains of Alberta, the big skies of the prairies, to the 'maple sugar country' in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence and the rugged hills and picturesque coastline of the Atlantic Provinces.

Canada plays host to more than 175,000 international students in any given year. Increasingly Canada is becoming the country of choice for students from all parts of the world. It is not hard to see why!!

FAST FACTS CANADA

Canada is a country occupying most of northern North America. It is the world's second largest country by area and extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and northward into the Artic Ocean. Canada shares land borders with the United States to the northwest and south.

A habitat of Aboriginal people, Canada was founded in 1867 as a union of British North American colonies. It gained independence from the United Kingdom in an incremental process that ended in 1982. It remains a Commonwealth Realm with Queen Elizabeth as its head of state.

Canada is a federal Constitutional monarchy with parliamentary democracy. Comprising ten provinces and three territories, Canada is a bilingual and multicultural country, with both English and French as official languages. A technologically advanced and industrialized nation, Canada maintains a diversified economy that is heavily reliant upon its abundant natural resources and upon trade ? particularly with the United States, with which Canada has had a long and complex relationship

Government

The government in Canada was basically gone on British system and at present it operates as a federal multiparty constitutional monarchy. When it comes to the matter of provincial governments operate with their own ability to legislate on provincial matters. The head of state is the British queen with a governor general appointed as common wealth representative in Canada. Ottawa is a home to Canada's parliament, House of Commons and senate.

Economy

Here are some relevant facts that would help you choose Canada as an education destination. Canada's gross domestic product (GDP) has been growing faster than any other G7 country and its employment scenario is also strengthened. Canada ranks among the top ten manufacturing nations. Most of Canada's manufacturing industry is in Ontario and Qu颥c, where motor vehicle production comprises the largest sector within this industry. Other important manufacturing sectors include food and beverages, paper and allied products, primary metals, fabricated metals, petrochemicals and chemicals. The Atlantic, Prairie and Pacific regions of Canada have more natural resource-based economies. The Atlantic Provinces focus on fishing, forestry and mining, while Prairie Provinces are dependent on agriculture and mineral fuels. British Columbia's primary sectors are forestry and mining, as well as tourism.

Population

Percentage of total national population is given to the nearest tenth of a percent. Land area statistics exclude freshwater area and are current as of 2005. Population density is given to two decimal places in persons per square kilometer.

History

Canada was a major front in the War of 1812 between the United States and British Empire. Its defence contributed to a sense of unity among British North Americans. Large-scale immigration to Canada began in 1815 from Britain and Ireland. The timber industry would also surpass the fur trade in importance in the early 1800s. Canada automatically entered the First World War in 1914 with Britain's declaration of war, sending volunteers to the Western Front to fight as a national contingent. The Conscription Crisis of 1917 erupted when conservative Prime Minister Robert Borden brought in compulsory military service over the objection of French-speaking Quebecers. In 1919, Canada joined the League of Nations independently of Britain; in 1931 the Statute of Westminster affirmed Canada's independence.

Geography

Canada occupies most of the northern portion of North America, sharing land borders with the contiguous United States to the south and with the US state of Alaska to the northwest, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west; to the north lies the Arctic Ocean.[35] Since 1925, Canada has claimed the portion of the Arctic between 60?W and 141?W longitude;[36] this claim is not universally recognized. The northernmost settlement in Canada (and in the world) is Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Alert on the northern tip of Ellesmere Island?latitude 82.5?N?just 817 kilometers (450 nautical miles) from the North Pole.[37] Canada is the world's second-largest country in total area, after Russia, and the fourth largest in land area, after Russia, China and the United States.

Safety

Canadians are proud of their strong education and social welfare system. As a result of this system, the crime rate in Canada is low. Toronto is Canada's largest city with around 4 million people, and it is continually rated as one of the safest urban areas in North America. Violent crime is rare. In general the Canadian population lives comfortably and feels safe in the Canadian environment.

Culture and Tradition

Canada is a multi-cultural country, and so it's no surprise that there is a wide variety of religions practiced there. Although Canada began as a Christian country and Christianity continues to dominate, yet there is a wide spectrum of spiritual beliefs that cover all corners of the country. Almost all of the world's ethnic groups are represented in Canada. As a result, most ethnic foods and recreational activities associated with specific cultures are available in Canada. Clubs, both informal and formal, and associations representing a multitude of ethnic backgrounds are also easily accessible. International student advisors at schools can help students get in touch with such groups. Due to an ethnic and immigrant population the variety and richness of art and sports is very evident. Canada is a bilingual country with two official languages, English and French.

Canada encourages people to maintain their original culture. Students can enjoy a multi-cultural environment and celebrate cultural diversity. The United Nations Chosen Place to Live in!! The UNO has time and again ranked Canada as a best place to live in and study, based upon Canada's achievements in terms of educational accomplishment, life expectancy, national income and Overall quality of life. It also included Canada's abundance of fresh water, comfortable population density, low incidence of violent crime and a health care system that is a model for the world.

Excellence in Education and Research.

Canadian universities are ranked among the best in the world. Its degrees are valued and acknowledged all over. Moreover Canadian tuition fees are among the lowest in English-speaking countries. Degrees of International Repute.

Canada boasts of world class educational institutions for both degrees and diplomas in technical and professional disciplines. Over 148,000 international students attend Canadian colleges and universities from all over the globe. This means that you can meet people from around the world as well as people from your own country

Job Opportunities after graduation

International students are encouraged to take up jobs after their graduation. Students who have graduated from a Canadian university or college have the opportunity to work in Canada for up to one year after they receive their degree or diploma. International students can work on campus and off-campus without a work permit.

Safe & Peaceful Country

Canada is a peaceful, politically stable, and safe country. We have laws that protect the rights of our citizens. Almost 65 per cent of international students in a CBIE survey cited that Canada's reputation as a safe country as an important reason for deciding to study here.

Excellent health care

Canada has very sophisticated yet inexpensive health care facilities. Compared to other countries, medical insurance is inexpensive in Canada.

Expertise in Language!

Students can enrich their linguistic and communicative abilities here at Canada considered world leaders in language training. Over a century, Canada's two official languages (English and French) have been taught as second languages.

A multicultural country

Canada is home to a large number of aboriginal people, called First Nations. Over the past century and a half, Canada has welcomed 15 million immigrants. Every year, some 200,000 new immigrants arrive here making Canada ? a diverse and rich cosmopolitan country. Canada has a national policy for multiculturalism and works to ensure that people's customs and traditions are preserved and respected.

Salubrious Nature & Seasons.

While Canada has big cities, it also has a huge amount of unsettled land and a thriving national and provincial parks system. The temperature varies a great deal in Canada. Certain cities almost never have snow in the winter while other cities may get a lot. There's something for everyone, including indoor and outdoor recreational activities at no or low cost. Our four distinct seasons offer variety and their own special pleasures.

Amicable Canadians

Canadians can be reserved with newcomers but are generally very welcoming, amicable and respectful of differences. Educational institutions encourage new students from abroad and many have targets to increase their numbers of international students. One thing is for sure? Study in Canada will be a memorable experience!

STUDY IN CANADA

  • Canada has been declared as the best country in the World to live in for 8 years by United Nations.
  • Canada offers free medical services to its Citizens.
  • Education up to grade 13 is absolutely free.
  • Employment Insurance is offered to a person who has worked for a minimum of 20 weeks and thereafter gets unemployed.

Education

Canada is not only known for it's picturesque locations, but also for it's high standard of education. The colleges in Canada are at par with the best known colleges in the World, in terms of the educational programs offered and the facilities provided to the students.

Some Salient Features

  • A degree or a diploma from a Canadian Educational Institution is universally recognized for it’s high academic standards.
  • Canada is one of the World leaders in Animation & Software Development, Telecommunications, Aerospace Engineering, Biotechnology, Mining Technology & Environmental Industry.
  • Education in Canada is under the complete jurisdiction of the Provinces.

Geography & Climate

Canada has four distinct seasons, although their arrival times vary across the country. The single most significant factor in climate is latitude.

Currency

The official currency of Canada is Canadian Dollar (CAD$).
1 CAD$ = Rs. 55 /- (Approx. as on March. 2014).

Cost of Education & Living

The cost of education in Canada is between CAD$7000-9000 for Undergraduate Courses and between CAD$ 9000-10000 for Post-Graduate Courses. The cost of living is approximately CAD$7000–10000 per year, this covers all the living expenses; including accommodation, food, travel, books, clothes and entertainment.

Major Cities

The major cities in Canada are Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Calgary..

COURSES IN CANADA

Canada is not only known for it's picturesque locations, but also for it's high standard of education. The colleges in Canada are at par with the best known colleges in the World, in terms of the educational programs offered and the facilities provided to the students.

Types of Programs and Qualifications

  • School
  • Foundation
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • MBA

COLLEGES IN CANADA

Under SPP

  • Algonquin College
  • Assiniboine Community College
  • Bow Valley College
  • Cambrian College (Hanson Campus)
  • Camosun College
  • Canadore College
  • Centennial College
  • College of New Caledonia
  • College of the Rockies
  • Columbia College
  • Conestoga College
  • Confederation College
  • Durham College
  • Fanshawe College
  • Fleming College
  • Georgian College
  • Humber College
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Lambton College
  • Langara College
  • Lakeland College
  • Lasalle College ( Montreal, Quebec )
  • Loyalist College
  • Manitoba Insitute of Trades and Technology (MITT)
  • Medicine Hat College
  • Mohawk College of Applied Arts Technology
  • Niagara College
  • Norquest College
  • North Island College (NIC)
  • Northern College
  • Northern Lights College
  • Okanagan College
  • Parkland College
  • Red River College
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic
  • Sault College
  • Selkirk College
  • Seneca College
  • Sheridan College
  • St. Clair College
  • St. Lawrence College
  • University of the Fraser Valley
  • Vancouver Community College
  • Vancouver Island University

UNIVERSITIES & COLLEGES

  • Acadia University
  • Cape Breton University
  • Capilano University
  • Concordia University of Edmonton
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU)
  • FIC @ Simon Fraser University (Navitas)
  • ICM @ University of Manitoba (Navitas)
  • King's University College @ Western University
  • Lakehead University
  • Mount Allison University
  • Grant MacEwan University
  • Royal Roads University
  • Saint Mary"s University
  • University of New Brunswick
  • Thompson Rivers University (TRU)
  • Trent University
  • Trinity Western University
  • University Canada West
  • University of King's College
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Northern British Columbia
  • University of Prince Edward Island
  • University of Regina
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Winnipeg
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Alexander College
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
  • CDI College
  • New Brunswick Community College
  • NovaScotia College of Art & Design
  • SAIT
  • Yukon College
  • University of Lethbridge

FAQ'S CANADA

What is the difference between a University and a College?

Universities are educational institutions attended after at least 12 years of school, or after secondary school, for studies leading to a degree and research. All Canadian Universities four year bachelors degree programs; most offer one to two years master's degree and a number also offer doctoral or PhD programs. Bachelors Degrees can be granted by Universities, some colleges and some Institutes in Canada. Community colleges are two-year institutions that offer technical or vocational courses, or courses for transfer to a university, leading to a certificate or diploma. These colleges do not generally offer degree programs.

Can I Study and work part-time to help finance myself in Canada?

Yes, you can in certain circumstances. However, when applying for a student authorization you must be able to prove to the visa officer that you have enough finances to support yourself for the entire length of your Study program. International students can work on the University/College campus, where as off campus work is permitted only after 6 months. Full-time students can work in their institutions without the need for an employment authorization. International students can work up to 20 hours per week during their studies and 40 hours per week during vacation.

They can earn approximately C$ 6 - C$ 10 per hour. Students can work full time off campus during co-op terms and can earn approximately C$ 10 - C$ 15 per hour, amounting to C$ 400 to C$ 1,000 per month. You are allowed to work in Canada for 1 to 2 years after completing your academic programe depending on which province you Study in.

How much value would a Diploma hold?

Colleges offers a wide variety of Career-oriented programs like Advance Diplomas/ Diplomas/ Certificates. These programs are specially designed to give students the opportunity to learn and develop many marketable skills in their preferred career. It emphasizes on the technical aspects providing hands-on experience and fundamentals of the program. These programs give the students a practical background that employers demand and helps them get jobs easily. It may often happen that students who have completed a vocational program may get better jobs/salaries than those who have studied in a University Degree Program.

Do I need Health Insurance?

Yes. Health Insurance is mandatory. You will have to arrange for medical coverage before you arrive in Canada. Medical coverage varies from province to province, and sometimes from university to university within each province. Most of the Institutes have health insurance included in their tuition fees. You may also take health insurance from India.

Is my spouse/dependant allowed to work in Canada?

If you want to work in Canada after you complete your academic program you must apply for their own work permit. Your Spouse Permit will be valid for the same period that you are authorized to Study in Canada.

Can I work after Graduation?

If you want to work in Canada after you complete your academic program you must apply for a work permit under the Post Graduate Work Permit program. It allows you to gain valuable Canadian Work experience in the field of your specialization. This program allows all participants to work up to 1 year in Montreal, Toronto & Vancouver areas or 2 years else where in Canada. Work Permit under the 'Post Graduate Wok Permit Program' cannot be valid for a longer period than the length of your Studies.

How do I obtain an extension of my student authorization?

If you wish to extend your student authorization, you can do so within Canada. Contact the nearest Canadian Immigration Centre ot least 2 months before the expiry of your authorization.