Canada is the third best country to live in according to the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Index. This index measures a country’s achievements in three aspects of human development: Longevity is measured by life expectancy at birth; Knowledge is measured by a combination of the adult literacy rate and the combined gross primary, secondary, and tertiary enrolment ratio; Standard of living is measured by the GDI per capita (PPP US$). For six years Canada was number one in the world. In 2000, Norway and the USA slipped past Canada with a small margin, even though Canada’s per capita income has risen the past year with about 3 % (from 2001 to 2002).
- Canada has a very strong economy and one of the G-7 countries with the largest economies in the world.
- In the first 7 months of 2002, the amount of 207000 jobs were created in Canada!
- Canada has a very stable democratic system. This contributes to good economic growth and good government.
- Canada has a very low crime rate. From 1991 to 2000 the national crime rate has fallen with 28.5 % (Toronto Star, 19 July, 2000, page 1).
- Canada has a very good education system. The result is that children of immigrants can get skills that are recognized throughout the world.
- Canada is close to one of the biggest consumer markets in the world – the USA. This creates many business opportunities for immigrants.
- Canadian citizens (in certain professions) are allowed to work in the USA under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
- Canada is a beautiful, first world country with incredible opportunities for business, sport, recreation and outdoor life!