Is it True?
Is Canada the greatest country to live in?
Some say more than others that Canada is a great country to live in. Some agree and some disagree. As the saying goes "You can't please everyone all the time". That might be true but there is another that also says "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence". Everyone has their opinions either them being positive or negative but these are the reasons to why Canada is the greatest country to live in.
Immigration of Canada
Canada is known for welcoming immigrants from around the world. In Canada, we accept about 250,000 immigrants from around the world per year. In Canada, we rate immigrants who come to Canada in 3 categories. People who come to join their families in Canada, people who are refugees (Humanitarians) and people who are selected for their skills and/or education as they may help the economy in the near future (Economic Immigration; makes up 2/3 of immigrants). Without immigration to Canada, our workforce will decrease; we need our workforce as one of the things to keep our economy going. Also in Canada, we have something called a family program. What happens in this program is that there are spouses/partners of immigrants and/or citizens who are brought over to Canada by them. They also bring over their children, parents, and grandparents to Canada. Another thing about immigration in Canada is that there are many refugees who are welcomed. Many people come as refugees to escape from their home country due to possible danger that can target them. There are thousands that are admitted as privately sponsored refugees that are brought in by the United Nations. Over the years, the society of countries changed their way when it comes to newcomers. In Canada, mostly China, India, and the Philippines make up 1/3 of newcomers. Immigration in Canada is a good thing. Not only does it strengthen our economy, but it makes Canada a country filled with multiculturalism and it helps us uphold our freedoms, demography, human rights, and rule of law.
Population of Canada
Canada's population growth has a fast growth rate. Our population growth has been fairly good for over the past fifty years and shows no sign of slowing down. Canada's growth is caused largely by the flow of international immigrants to Canada. In fact, Canada has a large amount of immigrants and multiculturalism, attracting even more immigrants here than the USA. Natural population growth is for only around a tenth of Canada's overall population increase each year since over the past 50 years, the total fertility rate had a dramatic decrease in Canada. From a high of 3.93 children per woman in 1959, the TFR underwent a sharp drop in the 1960s and then continued to drop until it reached a low of 1.49 children per woman in 2000. After that, the fertality rate increased to reach 1.6 children per woman in 2011. The replacement fertality rate or average number of children that women of one generation would need to have result to keep up the population -only through Natural Increase- is estimated 2.1 children per women for developed countries (ex. Canada) to keep those countries from having a drastic decrease in population. Canada is likely that its population will continue to grow rapidly for decades to come. The Canadian population is aging and seniors seems to be the fastest-growing age group. This trend is expected to continue for the next several decades due mainly to a below replacement fertility rate (the average number of children per woman), an increase in life expectancy, and the aging of the baby boomer generation. In 2011, it an estimation of 5.0 million Canadians were of 65 years or older, a number that is expected to double in the next 25 years to reach 10.4 million seniors by 2036. By 2051, it is estimated that about one in four Canadians are expected to be 65 or over. But overall, Canada's population will continue to rapidly increase. As citizens of Canada, the Canadian population will continue to age, either it being immigrants to Canada or born Canadians. That will not stop the net migration to continue. The population will continue to grow no matter what, since we have a steady stream of people coming from around the world.
Canada's Climate and Recreation
Canada’s climate varies wildly based on the physical environment, from permafrost in the north to four distinct seasons towards the equator. In this region the temperature can climb up to about 35 degrees Celsius in the summer and descend to a estimate of -25 degrees Celsius during the winter. Canada’s climate and environment are one of the main reasons that Canada is successful. The mixture of natural resources and climate helps too. From the way the ground and soil is that gives and produces our natural resources to how the weather is throughout the year. Canada’s climate is characterized by its diversity, as temperature and precipitation differ depending on where you are and what time of year it is. Other than the North (where it’s above freezing for a few months per year), most Canadian cities are within a couple hundred kilometers of the southern border, where mild springs, hot summers and crisp autumns are common during the majority of the year. But no matter the climate and how it is either it being winter, spring, summer or fall, their are may things you can do. Some activities you can participate in is you can go to recreation centers (community centers), go to the local farms to go fruit picking or maybe rent a cottage near the great lakes and go fishing, boating, swimming or even go on a hike. Another thing Canada has for recreation is that we have tourist attractions all around Canada. Some tourist attractions might be the CN Tower in Toronto, Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec , Niagara Falls that straddles the international border between Canada and the United States, Parliament Hill in Ottawa, etc. . . . . These tourist attractions help with the recreation in the region by having their own thing going on for whoever goes to these attractions.
In Canada, we rely on 3 types of resources for energy. Them being oil, natural gas, and electricity (makes up 98% of our energy). That leaves 2% of out energy to coal and wood. In Canada, we split up our energy sources into two categories which are convectional energy sources and alternative energy sources. Convectional energy sources are well established sources of energy such as oil, natural gas, coal, hydro and nuclear. Alternative energy sources are non-convectional energy sources like solar, wind and biomass energy. Convectional energy sources are usually responsible for energy in Canada. We use different type of resources for granted everyday and most of us don't know where it is coming from. In Canada, our oil and gas fields are located in Alberta and from there, they are connected to pipelines all around Canada to expand these two energy sources. Did you know that Canada is the largest per capita user of energy in the world? This is because we live in a northern climate with cold temperatures, we have a small population an huge land, great deals of energy for transportation and we have a advance industrial economy that uses loads of energy. Plus it's cheap so we tend to waste it. We have a lot of energy resources that not only will be beneficial to us but to our economy as well.
When becoming a city and/or a major city, they go through a process and they end up where they are now. Yes, all these cities start out as Farmstead that were created to provide shelter, food and storage for early Canadians. Then these Farmsteads develop into Hamlets where they add a major concession line and then these Hamlets grew in size and began to sell more goods that provided service. They developed into villages and as these villages grew in size and eventually became a town. Then finally these towns became a city once it reached the population of 10 000 people. At the beginning of the 20th century, about one-third of Canadians lived in urban areas, but by the end of the century four-fifths of the population lived in communities of more than 10,000 people and nearly three-fifths resided in metropolitan areas of 100,000 or more. Our general location of Canada's C.M.A's are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver since they are located near the edges of Canada and they are more populated since they are near water. Except for the port cities, Canada’s most densely settled areas and largest cities developed in the areas with good agricultural land. Intensive commercial agriculture in the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence lowlands gave rise to a dense network of villages, towns, and cities. Later, manufacturing and service industries reinforced population growth in this region, making it Canada’s urban, industrial, and financial heartland. Villages, towns, and cities also evolved from the agricultural pursuits in the western grasslands. Today in the 21st century, we still have rural areas where our farms are that give us produce and agriculture but our urban areas are well under way to keep on growing. We have transportation, medical attention, job opportunities and of course, suitable communities to our every need, making our cities filled with multiculturalism and opportunities as well as diversity to the economy.
In conclusion, Canada is the greatest country to live in. Not only we are known for our immigration system, ways of life, natural resources and urbanization but, we are also known and proud of the multiculturalism and diversity on this country. We can uphold our freedoms, demography, human rights, and rule of law and be proud of who we are wherever we came from to be apart of a country fill with proud citizens of Canada.