The fur trade led many early explorers across Canada and encouraged early settlement. Canoes were used to navigate rivers and to open up trade routes.This expanded settlement further west across Canada from the Atlantic shores.
Babies and small children must ride in properly installed “car seats” designed and approved to protect them.When buying a child’s car seat, make sure it is “approved.”
It is illegal in Canada to: • hit your spouse; • touch another person in a sexual way without the other person’s permission; • make unwanted sexual advances/ comments in the workplace.
Bargaining is less common in Canada than in many other countries. People do not usually bargain when they are shopping in stores. However, people often do bargain for the best price on larger items such as a house or a car.
Canada has a public health care system known as “medicare.” It provides medical insurance for health care services to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents.You must have a valid health card and number to get eligible health care costs covered. See page 224 for more information.
Canada is sometimes called the “Great White North.” It is the second largest country in the world, after Russia. Canada’s area is almost 10 million square kilometres. Canada consistently ranks in the top ten countries of the world for its standard of living and quality of life.*