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Canada is the second largest country in the world by total area and contains almost 60% of the world’s lakes. Canada is a federal parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II being the current Head of State. The country is officially bilingual (English and French) at the federal level. Canada is one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations with a population of more than 35 million as of 2013.
Canada is a developed country and one of the wealthiest in the world. It is the world’s eleventh-largest economy as of 2014. It is a federation composed of ten provinces and three territories. Provinces have more autonomy than territories, having responsibility for health, education, and welfare.
The Federal Government of Canada sets immigration regulations and the general immigration goals of Canada. There are several immigration categories that are defined and delivered by the Citizenship and Immigration of Canada (CIC). However, under agreements between the CIC and provinces of Canada, most provinces can offer immigration programmes tailored to their regional economical and labour demands. Among all of the provinces, Quebec has the highest level of autonomy in making immigration programmes and legislations. The programmes offered by other provinces are mostly referred to as Provincial Nominee Programmes (PNPs).
In January 2015, the Federal Government of Canada made significant changes to its immigration system. The Federal Skilled Worker programme, along with two other economic programmes (Federal Skilled Trades and the Canadian Experience Class), are now under one general selection process known as Express Entry.
The federal temporary and permanent resident programmes include:
The Quebec immigration programmes include:
Different provinces also offer a wide range of programmes for skilled immigrants and business immigrants.
‘Canada is the linchpin of the English-speaking world’ – Sir Winston Churchill
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