Canada is very popular destination for students looking to gain a degree overseas, thanks to its many respected universities and its reputation as a safe and welcoming country. With consistently high levels of education spending, it boasts almost uniformly high standards of higher education, with several institutions regularly featuring among the top 100 globally.
These include the University of Toronto, McGill University in Montréal, the University of British Colombia, and the University of Alberta.
With tuition fees lower than many Anglophone countries, and health insurance cheaper than across the border in the US, it is no wonder that an increasing number of English-speaking students are starting to consider courses there.
A bilingual nation, where more than three-quarters of Quebec’s population are native Francophones, Canada has a proud history of immigration and has long encouraged diversity and multiculturalism.
With a high standard of living, low crime levels, clean cities and vast expanses of natural beauty, lakes, mountains, coastal areas and national parks, Canada is an extremely desirable place to live. Its most popular sports are ice hockey, basketball, golf, lacrosse and baseball, although football, rugby and cricket are growing.
Aside from its famed maple syrup, food specialities include fresh seafood, game and poutine (French fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds), which, like many French-influenced dishes, originates in Quebec.
Famous Canadians include Jim Carrey, Neil Young, Celine Dion and Margaret Attwood.