Canada

Location: Canada is a country in the northern half of North America

Capital: Ottawa

Major Cities: It has ten provinces and three territories. Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Quebec City, Winnipeg and Hamilton

Main Language: English and French

Climate

The majority of the country has a cold or severely cold winter climate, but southerly areas are warm in summer.

Economy

GDP: $1.672 trillion (2016 estimate)

Currency: Canadian dollar ($) (CAD)

Government: The Government of Canada or more formally Her Majesty’s Government, is the federal government of Canada, a country in North America, composed of 10 provinces, Ottawa (the nation’s capital), and 3 territories.

Area: 9,984,670 km2 (3,855,100 sq mi)

Distance from India: 12. 75 hours

Population: 35,151,728 (2016 estimate)

Time Zone: (UTC−3.5 to −8)

  • Canada’s universities maintain high standards of academic excellence and are consistently recognized in top international rankings.
  • Canadian tuition fees are some of the lowest in English-speaking countries.
  • The country’s universities boast links to more than 5,000 global collaboration agreements. Combined with Canada’s focus on industry-specific applied research, it’s no surprise that more than 90% of Canadian alums are employed less than six months after graduation.
  • High academic rankings and a reputation for friendliness is great, but it’s hard to beat eight consistent years of top rankings by the United Nation as one of the world’s best places to live.
  • Canada is at the international forefront of computer and information technology, particularly in telecommunications, medical devices, aerospace engineering, lasers, biotechnology, ocean and environmental, and several others.
  • Through its innovative School Net program, Canada was the world’s first country to connect its schools and libraries to the internet.

Traditions & Culture: Throughout Canada’s history, its culture has been influenced by European culture and traditions, especially British and French, and by its own indigenous cultures. Over time, elements of the cultures of Canada’s immigrant populations have become incorporated into mainstream Canadian culture. The culture of Canada is a term that embodies the artistic, culinary, literary, humor, musical, political and social elements that are representative of Canada and Canadians.

Food: The Most ‘Canadian’ Foods Include Bacon, Poutine and Maple Syrup. The national dish of Canada is a food called poutine, which is a high-calorie creation that consists of fries, cheddar cheese curds and gravy. The Canadian dish was originally seen in the province of Quebec, but can be found all around Canada and has spread to the United Kingdom and the United States.

Safety: Canada is a friendly, safe country with a high standard of living. Low crime rates, great student health benefits, and universities focused on student security and health make studying in Canada a good choice for anyone who’s uneasy about personal safety while abroad. The Global Peace Index ranks Canada among its top 10 safest countries in the world to visit.

Welfare:

Health: Relative to other countries, medical insurance in Canada is inexpensive yet the services that Canadian hospitals provide are among some of the most advanced and accessible in the world.

Transport: Using the general-purpose public transport is the most common means of student transport, in Canada. Below are few details:

Air

Due to Canada’s large size, people often travel between major cities by airplane. All main cities have airports with regularly scheduled flights to and from many places.

Rail

Canada’s rail network runs across the country, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the east to Vancouver and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, in the west. Trains in Canada are safe and comfortable. It is often cheaper to buy train tickets in advance.

Bus

Catching a bus can be the cheapest way of travelling between cities. It is often the only way of getting to smaller towns if you are not driving a car. Remember that bus travel can be very long due to the great distances involved.

Ferry

In coastal areas of Canada such as British Columbia and the Atlantic region, ferry boats are a common way to travel. Many ferries transport both passengers and vehicles.

Car

Canada has a large network of highways, making long distance travel by car possible between most destinations.

Masters Degrees (Universities): 30,000- 35,000 CAD per annum

PG Diploma: 11, 000 – 18, 000 CAD per annum.

Bachelor’s Degrees (Universities): 25,000 – 30,000 CAD per annum.

Bachelor’s Degrees (Colleges): 20,000 – 25, 000 CAD per annum.

Advanced Diploma: 10,000 – 15,000 CAD per annum.

Diploma: 10,000 – 15, 000 CAD per annum.

Living expenses would be approximately CAD 8,000 to CAD 10,000

Planning & Housing:

  1. Student Residence – Dormitories & TownhousesSome schools provide student residence on-campus or nearby the campus. Dormitories are usually larger buildings housing many students, while townhouses are detached, housing usually three to six students
  2. Off-Campus Shared Apartment or CondominiumOff-campus shared apartments provide students with a single room, in a living space with one or more other roommates. Like townhomes, they most often contain a single occupancy bedroom or living space and have a shared kitchen, bathroom, dining, and living room area.
  3. Host Family/homestay living with a host family can provide you with a sense of home and security as you start your new life in Canada. Host families normally provide a private, single-occupancy room, and serve one – three meals per day and internet access.
  4. Furnished or Unfurnished Apartment RentalsThere are many secure ways to find a temporary furnished apartment rental before your arrival in Canada by using websites such as Airbnb, Craigslist, HouseTrip or Wimdu. These apartments are normally furnished private rentals. Be sure to read the reviews of each rental and check the feedback from other guests who have previously stayed there.

Restricted items to bring to CANADA:

  • live birds and hatching eggs
  • eggs, yolks, egg whites
  • poultry meat (other than fully cooked, canned, commercially sterile meat products)
  • raw pet foods containing poultry products
  • feathers
  • poultry manure and litter
  • laboratory material containing poultry products/by-products and etc.

Welcome week: Welcome Week is your opportunity to make friends, learn more about studying at the university and living in the country. You will be invited to attend a number of events throughout Welcome Week – some of which are optional and others compulsory.

Travel to your institution: If you are staying near the university, there is shuttle service available. Else, you may choose to travel by trains or buses.

Opening a bank account: In order to open a Canadian bank account, you will need two documents: one to prove your identity and one to prove your address. This applies both in branch and online. Proving your identity is simple. You just need your passport.