According to Statistics Canada, as of October 2012, approximately 35 million people are living in Canada. More than half of Canada’s population lives in the central region, and more than one third of the population lives in the province of Ontario.
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.*
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.
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.
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.”
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.