The Canadian government created the “Discover Canada” booklet.This booklet can help immigrants prepare for the Canadian Citizenship Test.You can get this booklet online by going to www.cic.gc.ca/ english/resources/ publications/discover/ index.asp
Most communities have public libraries that are built and maintained by municipal and provincial or territorial governments. These are open to the public to use for research, leisure, access to reading material, school work, and more. Libraries are often open during the evening and provide access to books and other resources at no cost.
The federal government collects a Goods and Services Tax (GST) on many items sold in Canada. The GST is added on to your bill. GST is not charged on some items, such as insurance services. Some provinces blend the two taxes—Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and GST— together in a Harmonized Sales Tax, or HST.
The First Nations have band chiefs and councilors who have major responsibilities on First Nations reserves, including housing, schools and other services.There are a number of provincial, regional and national Aboriginal organizations that are a voice for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in their relationships with the federal, provincial and territorial governments.
Service Canada Centres provide services for individuals who want to get their credentials assessed, identify their occupation’s regulatory and assessment body, and learn more about the labour market.To find the nearest Service Canada centre, call 1-888-854-1805 or go to DayPlanner web site – Link #276. www.servicecanada.gc.ca
Most urban municipal governments provide local public transit such as buses, subways, and streetcars. Users of public transit pay a fare to use the transit system. Often the exact fare or a token is required. Many larger municipal governments try to encourage use of public transit to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution caused by cars.
Federal and provincial governments periodically present a budget to outline how the government plans to spend money and how it will fund that spending. A budget may be a deficit, surplus, or balanced budget. Canadians can listen to the federal “Budget Speech” on radio or television, order a copy, or read it on the Internet. Learn more
The mandate of the federal government’s Foreign Credentials Referral Office is to provide internationally trained individuals with information and help to get their credentials assessed and recognized.You can learn more about the help the government can provide at www.credentials.gc.ca.
The federal government runs Canada Post, the nation’s postal service. Canada’s postal service is quite efficient and reliable (however, don’t send cash in the mail). Regular mail is usually delivered within two to four business days. You can pay a higher fee to get faster delivery—such as next day delivery. [Day- Planner web site – Link #284]