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Canada

About Canada

Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean. Canada is the world's second-largest country by total area, and its common border with the United States is the world's longest land border shared by the same two countries.

Canada is officially bilingual and multicultural at the federal level, with a population of approximately 35 million as of 2013. Canada's advanced economy is one of the largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed trade networks, especially with the United States, with which it has had a long and complex relationship.

Canada is a developed country, with the ninth highest per capita income globally, and the 11th highest ranking in human development. Subsequently, Canada ranks among the highest in international measurements of education, government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, and economic freedom. Canada is a recognized middle power and a member of many international institutions, including, NATO, NAFTA, OECD, WTO, Commonwealth of Nations, Francophonie, OAS, APEC, and the United Nations.

Climate

Canada is often associated with cold weather and snow, but in reality, its climate is as diverse as its landscape. Generally, Canadians enjoy four very distinct seasons, particularly in the more populated regions along the US border. Daytime summer temperatures can rise to 35°C and higher, while lows of -25°C are not uncommon in winter. More moderate temperatures are the norm in spring and fall.

Other than the North where it's above freezing for only a few months a year, most Canadian cities are within 300 km of the southern border, where mild springs, hot summers and pleasantly crisp autumns are common during the majority of the year.

When the temperature does drop, Canadians stay warm thanks to an infrastructure of heated houses, cars and public transportation systems. Some cities have also installed walkways to and from buildings in schools.

Why Study in Canada

  • Canada’s public system of richly funded research universities means the tuition fees international students pay are much less than for comparable universities in the U.S.A.
  • The quality of education and living standards in Canada are amongst the highest in the world
  • The United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live. As an international student in Canada, you’ll enjoy all of the same freedoms which protect Canadians – respect for human rights, equality, and a stable and peaceful society.
  • Canada’s flexibility permits you to change or combine degrees, and work with study through “co-op” programs
  • Canada has a very multicultural society, with almost all of the world’s ethnic groups represented in Canada
  • Canada’s post-secondary campuses aren’t only wired with the latest in sophisticated technology, but countless other modern amenities as well. From Olympic-quality sports facilities to public concert halls and art galleries, Canada’s post-secondary campuses offer you enormous possibilities for learning and leisure
  • Since research is one of the key components of a Canadian post-secondary education, you’ll have ample opportunity to become a part of this vibrant aspect of education

Popular Destinations for Mauritian Students

  • Toronto, Ontario

    On the northern shores of Lake Ontario sits Toronto, Canada's largest city and the fourth largest in North America. The population and budget is greater than that of some Canadian provinces. With a metropolitan population of 4,682,900 the city acts as the nation's financial, technology, communications and business capital as well as acting as the Ontario Provincial capital. The surrounding urban area beyond the city boundaries is know as the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

    Downtown Toronto is a compact area with a good bus, streetcar and subway system that connects the city districts. The downtown is also very clean and vibrant with people from all walks of life bustling about. Toronto is a safe city. Discover all the things to do in Toronto: You'll find a vibrant nightlife, stunning architecture, great museums, art galleries and theatres, all alongside world-class sporting events and a great outdoor lifestyle.

    Climate

    Tales of igloos and sub-zero temperatures might be used to describe other cities in Canada, but not Toronto. Toronto is on the same latitude as Cannes on the sunny Riviera and just slightly — one degree — north of Boston.

    In fact, Lake Ontario serves to moderate Toronto's weather to the point that its climate is one of the mildest in Canada. Generally speaking, spring and summer temperatures range from 15 C (60F) to 25C (80F). During winter months, the average daytime temperature, with the exception of January, the coldest month, hovers just slightly below freezing and a snowfall of more than 10 cm (four inches) is unusual.

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  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

    Just a stone's throw across St. Mary's River from Michigan is quaint Sault Ste. Marie, known to locals simply as "The Soo". This out of the way destination offers attractions year round, with ample downhill and cross-country skiing as well as the Bon Soo Winter Carnival during the snowy months and scenic canal and lock boat tours, kayak excursions, parks and a beautiful promenade to be enjoyed when the sun comes out.

    Climate

    The climate in Sault Ste. Marie is temperate, which means that the city experiences four distinct season changes. Summers in Sault Ste. Marie are very comfortable, as they are generally rather mild. On average, the hottest months of the year are July and August, during which time the daily high temperatures will generally hover in the low to mid 20's Celsius (70's -80 Fahrenheit).

    Winters in Sault Ste. Marie are cold. The coldest months of the year on average are January and February, during which time the daily high temperatures will only reach the -4° to -7°C zone (lower 20's). Sault Ste. Marie has a rather wet climate, and during any month there is a chance for precipitation. However, on average, the wettest months of the year are April and November.

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  • Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Halifax is the capital city of Nova Scotia and the largest city in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada. The city's origins and rich maritime history derive from a strategic location and one of the world's great natural harbours. In the 19th and early 20th century, Halifax was the entry point for European immigration to Canada. Today, Halifax is a busy Atlantic seaport and the economic and cultural hub of Eastern Canada.

    Visitors have been falling in love with Halifax for more than 250 years. Nova Scotia's capital, Halifax combines the international essence of a major port city and naval base, with the youthful vibe of a university town, and the culture and heritage of one of Canada's most historic communities.

    Climate

    Generally, summer to mid-fall is the most pleasant time. Summer temperatures can climb, but rarely sustain themselves at the heat wave levels common in Montreal or Toronto . And while humidity is often high, the breeze off the water and frequent foggy nights provide respite - sometimes too much, so prepare for a chilly evening if you are near the water. Warm temperatures often last through September, with a lovely crispness in the air and beautiful fall colors by October. Occasionally, as in September 2003, hurricanes do make their way in full force to the city.

    Winter is finicky. It is not uncommon for snowstorms to end in rain, and for the city to experience several freezes and thaws within one winter. Again, Halifax experiences the frigid temperatures common in Upper Canada, but not usually for such long period of time. Spring can be even more undefined along the coast, with a hot week followed by a snowstorm in April, and tree buds sometimes yet to burst into leaves until mid-June.

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  • Fredericton, New Brunswick

    Fredericton is the capital city of the province of New Brunswick, Canada. With a downtown of only 16 blocks, this picturesque capital city provides the benefits of a larger city while still being affordable. Fredericton is strategically located on the Saint John River and is within a day's drive of Halifax, Toronto and New York City. Fredericton is a centre for information technology, engineering and environment industries, and is home to two universities and a variety of training colleges and institutes.

    Climate

    Fredericton, sits inland. As a result of this, Fredericton has higher summer temperatures and lower winter temperatures than coastal locations in New Brunswick such as Saint John and Moncton.

    Fredericton enjoys a sunny climate, averaging about 2,000 hours of sunshine a year. Winters are sunnier and summers less sunny than in southern Ontario.

    Generally moderate, the climate varies from mild to hot in the summer and in winter from moderate to very cold. Average summer rain fall is 85mm (3.3") per month. Average summer temperature is 23°C (73°F). Average winter temperature is -5°C (23°F).

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10 Famous Canadians

  1. Justin Bieber – Singer
  2. James Cameron – Film Director
  3. Jim Carrey – Actor
  4. Celine Dion – Singer
  5. Mike Myers – Actor
  6. Nelly Furtado – Singer
  7. Shania Twain – Singer
  8. Ryan Gosling – Actor
  9. Avril Lavigne – Singer
  10. Bryan Adams – Singer

10 Famous Canadian Inventions

  1. Telephone
  2. Blackberry Phone
  3. Basketball
  4. Snowmobile
  5. IMAX Theatres
  6. Light Bulb
  7. Steam Engine Travel
  8. Insulin
  9. Washing Machine
  10. Pacemaker

10 Interesting Facts About Canada

  1. Canada basically got its name by mistake. When Jaques Cartier, a French explorer, came to the new world, he met with local Natives who invited them to their ‘kanata’ (the word for ‘village’. The party mistakenly thought the name of the country was “Kanata” or Canada.
  2. Canada is also home to the longest street in the world. Yonge Street in Ontario starts at Lake Ontario, and runs north through Ontario to the Minnesota border, a distance of almost 2000 kilometres
  3. Canada has the world’s longest coastline at 202 080 km.
  4. Toronto’s Rogers Centre (formerly known as the SkyDome) is home to the largest Sony big screen in the world, measuring 10 m x 33.6 m.
  5. The Blackberry Smartphone was developed in Ontario, at Research In Motion’s Waterloo offices.
  6. British Columbian pioneers made use of the oolichan, also called candlefish, at nighttime. The small fish is so fatty that it can be dried, strung on a wick and burned like a candle!
  7. Superman was co-created by a Canadian Joe Shuster and American Jerry Siegal. The character was created while Shuster was visiting Siegal in Cleveland in 1934
  8. Wasaga beach is the longest fresh water beach in the world.
  9. There are more doughnut shops in Canada per capita than any other country.
  10. The CN Tower in Toronto was the world’s tallest free standing structure until 2007.

Can you work in Canada as a student?

  • Up to 20 hours / week during term time
  • Up to 40 hours / week during holidays
  • Minimum Wage:$9.50 - $11 / hour

* The information above may be subject to change. Please refer to http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index-can.asp for the most up to date information

Post Study Work Scheme

On completion of your degree in Canada, you are able to stay back and work under the new Post Study Work Scheme:

  • 3 year Post Study Work Visa: Graduates who have completed a minimum 3 years of education at tertiary level in Canada
  • 1-2 year Post Study Work Visa: Graduates who have completed between 1-2 years of tertiary education in Canada

* The information above may be subject to change. Please refer to http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index-can.asp for the most up to date information

Entrance Exams

GRE Exam – Graduate Record Examinations – Required by most Universities for entry onto a Masters Course. Please refer to http://www.ets.org/gre/ for more information.

GMAT exam – Graduate Management Admission Test – Required by most Universities for entry onto an MBA Course. Please refer to http://www.mba.com/ for more information

Visa Requirements

Visa Application

Visa Application Forms are available at PTC’s Centre for Overseas Study in Beau Bassin

Visa Application Fees

CAD 125

Visa Processing Time

Processing time for Student Visa is 6-8 weeks. Applications must be lodged 3 months or earlier prior to applicants’ date of departure.

Financial Requirement

Student should be able to demonstrate the ability to finance the course for the duration of their study. Please get in touch with a PTC Advisor for further details.

* The information above may be subject to change. Please refer to http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index-can.asp for the most up to date information