Quick Facts

  • Gained independence July 1, 1867 (union of British North American colonies)
  • Location:  Northern North America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean on the east, the North Pacific Ocean on the west and the Arctic Ocean on the north;  north of the United States
  • Area:  3,854,085 sq. miles, 2nd largest country in the world.  Slightly larger than the United States
  • Population:  34,568,211 (July 2013)
  • Capital:  Ottawa 1.17 million
  • Climate:  varies from temperate in the south to subarctic and arti  in the north
  • Terrain:  mostly plains with mountains in the west and lowlands in the southeast
  • Nationality:  Canadians
  • Ethnic groups:  British Isles origin 28%, French origin 23%, European 15%, Amerindian 2% other
  • Language:  English (official) 58.8%, French (official) 21.6%, other
  • Religions:  Roman Catholic 42.6%, Protestant 23.3%, other
  • Literacy:  99% age 15 and over can read and write
  • Economy:  an affluent, high-tech industrial society in the trillion dollar class.  Resembles the U.S. in its market-oriented economic system, pattern of production and affluent living conditions.
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country:  www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com


Government in Power

A parliamentary democracy, a federation and a constitutional monarchy

Head of State:  Queen Elizabeth II, represented by Governor General David Johnston, appointed by the Monarchy

Head of Government:  Prime Minister Joseph Harper,  leader of the majority or coalition party and designated Prime Minister by the House of Commons


Healthcare Statistics

  • Life expectancy:  81.57 years
  • Health expenditures:  11.3% of GDP
  • Physicians density:  1.91 physicians/1,000 population (2006)
  • Hospital bed density:  3.2 beds/1,000 population (2009)
  • Obesity:  adult prevalence rate:  26.2%
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://www.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/htm

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Health education in the field This is a very important topic that I believe is often overlooked on many mission trips! While it’s wonderful to go spend a week doing clinic work, the reality of these mission trips is that it’s a short-term mission trip, and when the week or so is over, clinic ends! […]


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