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Canada

Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean. Canada is the world’s second-largest country by total area, and its common border with the United States is the world’s longest land border shared by the same two countries.

Canada is officially bilingual and multicultural at the federal level, with a population of approximately 35 million as of 2013. Canada’s advanced economy is one of the largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed trade networks, especially with the United States, with which it has had a long and complex relationship.

Canada is a developed country, with the ninth highest per capita income globally, and the 11th highest ranking in human development. Subsequently, Canada ranks among the highest in international measurements of education, government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, and economic freedom. Canada is a recognized middle power and a member of many international institutions, including, NATO, NAFTA, OECD, WTO, Commonwealth of Nations, Francophonie, OAS, APEC, and the United Nations

Canada is often associated with cold weather and snow, but in reality, its climate is as diverse as its landscape. Generally, Canadians enjoy four very distinct seasons, particularly in the more populated regions along the US border. Daytime summer temperatures can rise to 35°C and higher, while lows of -25°C are not uncommon in winter. More moderate temperatures are the norm in spring and fall.

Other than the North where it’s above freezing for only a few months a year, most Canadian cities are within 300 km of the southern border, where mild springs, hot summers and pleasantly crisp autumns are common during the majority of the year.

When the temperature does drop, Canadians stay warm thanks to an infrastructure of heated houses, cars and public transportation systems. Some cities have also installed walkways to and from buildings in schools.

  • Canada’s public system of richly funded research universities means the tuition fees international students pay are much less than for comparable universities in the U.S.A.
  • The quality of education and living standards in Canada are amongst the highest in the world
  • The United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live. As an international student in Canada, you’ll enjoy all of the same freedoms which protect Canadians – respect for human rights, equality, and a stable and peaceful society.
  • Canada’s flexibility permits you to change or combine degrees, and work with study through “co-op” programs
  • Canada has a very multicultural society, with almost all of the world’s ethnic groups represented in Canada
  • Canada’s post-secondary campuses aren’t only wired with the latest in sophisticated technology, but countless other modern amenities as well. From Olympic-quality sports facilities to public concert halls and art galleries, Canada’s post-secondary campuses offer you enormous possibilities for learning and leisure
  • Since research is one of the key components of a Canadian post-secondary education, you’ll have ample opportunity to become a part of this vibrant aspect of education

Toronto, Ontario

About Toronto, Ontario

On the northern shores of Lake Ontario sits Toronto, Canada’s largest city and the fourth largest in North America. The population and budget is greater than that of some Canadian provinces. With a metropolitan population of 4,682,900 the city acts as the nation’s financial, technology, communications and business capital as well as acting as the Ontario Provincial capital. The surrounding urban area beyond the city boundaries is know as the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Downtown Toronto is a compact area with a good bus, streetcar and subway system that connects the city districts. The downtown is also very clean and vibrant with people from all walks of life bustling about. Toronto is a safe city. Discover all the things to do in Toronto: You’ll find a vibrant nightlife, stunning architecture, great museums, art galleries and theatres, all alongside world-class sporting events and a great outdoor lifestyle.

Climate

Tales of igloos and sub-zero temperatures might be used to describe other cities in Canada, but not Toronto. Toronto is on the same latitude as Cannes on the sunny Riviera and just slightly — one degree — north of Boston.

In fact, Lake Ontario serves to moderate Toronto’s weather to the point that its climate is one of the mildest in Canada. Generally speaking, spring and summer temperatures range from 15 C (60F) to 25C (80F). During winter months, the average daytime temperature, with the exception of January, the coldest month, hovers just slightly below freezing and a snowfall of more than 10 cm (four inches) is unusual.

Institutions

Humber College

  • Justin Bieber – Singer
  • James Cameron – Film Director
  • Jim Carrey – Actor
  • Celine Dion – Singer
  • Mike Myers – Actor
  • Nelly Furtado – Singer
  • Shania Twain – Singer
  • Ryan Gosling – Actor
  • Avril Lavigne – Singer
  • Bryan Adams – Singer
  • Telephone
  • Blackberry Phone
  • Basketball
  • Snowmobile
  • IMAX Theatres
  • Light Bulb
  • Steam Engine Travel
  • Insulin
  • Washing Machine
  • Pacemaker
  • Canada basically got its name by mistake. When Jaques Cartier, a French explorer, came to the new world, he met with local Natives who invited them to their ‘kanata’ (the word for ‘village’. The party mistakenly thought the name of the country was “Kanata” or Canada.
  • Canada is also home to the longest street in the world. Yonge Street in Ontario starts at Lake Ontario, and runs north through Ontario to the Minnesota border, a distance of almost 2000 kilometres
  • Canada has the world’s longest coastline at 202 080 km.
  • Toronto’s Rogers Centre (formerly known as the SkyDome) is home to the largest Sony big screen in the world, measuring 10 m x 33.6 m.
  • The Blackberry Smartphone was developed in Ontario, at Research In Motion’s Waterloo offices.
  • British Columbian pioneers made use of the oolichan, also called candlefish, at nighttime. The small fish is so fatty that it can be dried, strung on a wick and burned like a candle!
  • Superman was co-created by a Canadian Joe Shuster and American Jerry Siegal. The character was created while Shuster was visiting Siegal in Cleveland in 1934
  • Wasaga beach is the longest fresh water beach in the world.
  • There are more doughnut shops in Canada per capita than any other country.
  • The CN Tower in Toronto was the world’s tallest free standing structure until 2007.
  • Up to 20 hours / week during term time
  • Up to 40 hours / week during holidays
  • Minimum Wage:$9.50 – $11 / hour

* The information above may be subject to change. Please refer to http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index-can.asp for the most up to date information

On completion of your degree in Canada, you are able to stay back and work under the new Post Study Work Scheme:

  • 3 year Post Study Work Visa: Graduates who have completed a minimum 3 years of education at tertiary level in Canada
  • 1-2 year Post Study Work Visa: Graduates who have completed between 1-2 years of tertiary education in Canada

* The information above may be subject to change. Please refer to http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index-can.asp for the most up to date information

GRE Exam – Graduate Record Examinations – Required by most Universities for entry onto a Masters Course. Please refer to http://www.ets.org/gre/ for more information.

GMAT exam – Graduate Management Admission Test – Required by most Universities for entry onto an MBA Course. Please refer to http://www.mba.com/ for more information

Visa Application
Visa Application Forms are available at PTC’s Centre for Overseas Study in Beau Bassin

Visa Application Fees
CAD 150

Visa Processing Time
Processing time for Student Visa is 6-8 weeks. Applications must be lodged 3 months or earlier prior to applicants’ date of departure.

Financial Requirement
Student should be able to demonstrate the ability to finance the course for the duration of their study. Please get in touch with a PTC Advisor for further details.

* The information above may be subject to change. Please refer to http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index-can.asp for the most up to date information

Capital: Ottawa

Currency: Canadian Dollar – CAN $

Language: English & French

Country Dialing Code: +1

Neighbouring Countries: USA