Canada is ranked as one of the top ten places to live in the world since 1994 according to the United Nations (UN) and the Economist Intelligence Unit. In the UN survey Canada earned particularly high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy (due to universal health care system); and low crime and violence rates. In addition, Canada's largest cities - Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal - have been recognized as world class cities in which to live and work, for their cleanliness and safety and for their cultural activities and attractive lifestyles
HIGH STANDARD OF LIVING
Canadians enjoy a standard of living among the highest in the world. Almost 70 percent of Canadians own their own homes, with a higher percentage owning durable goods, such as automobiles, refrigerators, washing machines, television, telephones and radios. Canada also has an extensive health care system and social security network. Media, entertainment and artistic endeavors are well-developed in Canada. A wide range of cultural activities are also available, including museums, galleries, live theatre and dance.
Canada has traditionally been a country of immigrants and has a policy of encouraging multicultural diversity. In this vibrant setting, different perspectives are respected and learning. 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. 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
A HIGH TECH COUNTRY
Canada is a stimulating environment for business and to learn, thanks to the contributions of many bright and talented scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs. The country is an international leader in computer and information technologies and has a reputation for excellence in such sectors as telecommunications, transportation and engineering; and specifically, aerospace, urban transport, microelectronics, medical devices, advanced software, hydroelectric and nuclear power, lasers and opto-electronics, biotechnology, food and beverage processing, geometrics; and ocean and environmental industries.