Capital: Ottawa HDI: 0.902 (8th)
Language: English, French GDP (PPP): $1.592 trillion
Population: ~ 35.1 million Currency: Canadian Dollar
As the largest country and one of the largest economies of North America, Canada has a well-developed service sector as well as an incredibly strong primary sector. The cities of Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver are consistently rated within the top ten most livable cities in the world and Canadians enjoy one of the highest standards of living, with easy access to high quality educational and health services. Canadians are also famous for their friendliness and openness to foreigners, ranking in the top 15 friendliest countries on earth. The country’s economy is tightly integrated with the US economy and with the passing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canadian businesses have easy access to the American and Mexican markets and vice versa. The highly diversified economy provides a plethora of business opportunities for those companies looking to expand their international portfolios.
Canada – Overview of economy
Canada has the seventh-largest economy in the world. Most of the businesses are privately-owned, although the government does play a major role in the health-care system and operates many services including transportation and utility companies.
Canada Economy – overview
As a high-tech industrial society in the trillion-dollar class, Canada resembles the US in its market-oriented economic system, pattern of production, and high living standards. Since World War II, the impressive growth of the manufacturing, mining, and service sectors has transformed the nation from a largely rural economy into one primarily industrial and urban.
Industry Trends & Business Climate
Financial Market Reports
A forward-looking analysis of Canadian, U.S. and international financial market trends including interest rate and currency forecasts.
Market Research Canada
Read more: http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/economies/Americas/Canada-OVERVIEW-OF-ECONOMY.html#ixzz3n3kw6QYv
Establishing a Presence
Starting a business – Canada Business Network
A one-stop site for information on starting a business in Canada. It covers topics such as market assessment, financing, taxation, and writing a …
Doing Business in Canada
This page summarizes Doing Business 2015 data for Canada. The first section presents the Ease of Doing Business rank (out of 189 economies) and the distance to frontier (DTF)** measure, overall and by topic.
Business Types – Types of Business Ownership in Canada
Types of businesses in Canada that include sole proprietorships, corporations and partnerships
Business Types – Business Structure: Which One is Right for You?
Starting a business can be overwhelming for first time entrepreneurs. Canada Business Ontario is your information connection and will help you from start to finish.
Business Registration Requirements -Registering your business
You may need to register with several different levels of government for many different reasons. This document provides an overview of the key registration requirements that may apply to your business.
Business Registration Requirements -Create a Business Incorporation – Corporations Canada
Most corporations under the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) are created by filing a request through Corporations Canada’s Online Filing Centre. If you prefer to submit a non-online request to create a corporation (i.e., by email attachment, fax or mail) this document will help you to prepare the request.
Personal Income Taxes – Canadian income tax rates for Individuals
Information on income tax rates in Canada including federal rates and those rates specific to provinces and territories
VAT / Sales Tax – Canada Sales Tax Rate
The Sales Tax Rate in Canada stands at 5 percent. Sales Tax Rate in Canada averaged 5.30 percent from 2006 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 7 percent in 2006 and a record low of 5 percent in 2008. Sales Tax Rate in Canada is reported by the Canada Revenue Agency.
Corporate Tax Rate – Trading Economics – Canada
The Corporate Tax Rate in Canada stands at 26.50 percent. Corporate Tax Rate in Canada averaged 39.15 percent from 1981 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 50.90 percent in 1981 and a record low of 26.10 percent in 2012. Corporate Tax Rate in Canada is reported by the Canada Revenue Agency.
Corporation tax rates – Agency du revenue du Canada
The Canada Revenue Agency or “Agency du revenue du Canada” is a federal agency that administers tax laws for the Government of Canada and for most provinces and territories, international trade legislation
Personal Income Tax Rate – Canada
The Personal Income Tax Rate in Canada stands at 29 percent.
VAT / Sales Tax – GST & HST Rates | Retail Council of Canada
GST & HST Rates
Work Permits – Application to Work in Canada
Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Find out what you need to visit Canada as a tourist or business person, how to extend your stay in Canada and what documents you need to carry with you to travel through Canada.
Visas – Travel.gc.ca
Visas are issued by foreign government offices in Canada. Requirements, fees and processing times vary, depending on the country and type …
Canada Temporary Resident Visa and Canada Visitor Visa
Canada welcomes more than 35 million temporary residents (non-immigrants) each year. Unless they are citizens of a visa-exempt country, individuals who wish to enter Canada for a temporary purpose, such as tourists, temporary foreign workers (work permits) and international students (study permits) must apply for and be granted a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV).
Work Permits – FAQ – Canada Work Permit for a Working Visa
We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and their accompanying answers to help you better understand the process of obtaining a Canada work permit (work visa) and other related issues.
The Honorable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
Telecom/IT – Communications Monitoring Report
An overview of the telecommunications service industry and market sectors
Transportation in Canada
A summary of all forms of public transportation in Canada
Telecommunications Infrastructure in Canada
The Canadian Telecommunications Industry supported about 150 companies, most of whom were re-sellers, that captured about 10% of the estimated $6 billion long-distance market from incumbent operators. Canada’s city nodes are Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto.
Duties of Employers
This site discusses the obligation of employers to their employees
Unemployment – Canada Benefits
Employment Insurance (EI) provides Regular Benefits to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own (for example, due to shortage of work, seasonal or mass lay-offs) and are available for and able to work, but can’t find a job.
Federal Labour Standards – Labour Program
Federal labour standards are established under Part III of the Canada Labour Code, which sets out minimum standards that federally regulated employers and employees must follow.
Labour standards in Canada
Labour standards in Canada
General information for employers – Service Canada
General information for employers
Standard of Living – Cost of Living in Canada. Prices in Canada
Cost of living information includes price indices for rent, food, utilities, transportation, restaurants, clothing and more
Standard of Living – Canadian Better Life Index
Canada performs very well in many measures of well-being relative to most other countries in the Better Life Index. Canada ranks above the average in housing, subjective well-being, personal security, health status, income and wealth, social connections, environmental quality, jobs and earnings, education and skills, and civic engagement.
Business Etiquette – Canada – International Business Etiquette and Manners
Canada has a population just less than 30 million people in a country twice the area of the United States. The heritage of Canada was French and English;
Business Etiquette – Canadian Business Culture
Canadians are overall a polite people, and slightly more reserved than their southern neighbors. The values of the country are largely respect, peace and good government. Make sure you do not offend a business colleague or dash your chances of securing a deal by learning the basics of Canadian etiquette.
Safety – Country Information – Canada
US Department of State – Go to Safety and Security for updates from the Canadian government
Safety – How safe is Canada?
Statistics Canada, the country’s national statistical agency, has just released numbers indicating Canada has reached its lowest crime rate in 40 years, despite several recent high profile crimes.
Climate – Canada Weather, Climate and Geography
Canada’s climate is not as cold all year round as you might think. Winter temperatures fall below freezing in most of Canada but the South Western coast is relatively mild. Along the Arctic Circle is where it is coldest, the temperatures fall below freezing for around seven months of the year. During the summer the Southern provinces often have temperatures of over 86oF and high levels of humidity.
Climate – Canadian Climate Normals
Climate Normals and Averages are used to summarize or describe the average climatic conditions of a particular location.
Education – Canada’s Education Systems
Canada is one of the world’s top education performers and is the top OECD country in spending per student on public postsecondary education.
Education in Canada
In Canada, parents have the primary responsibility for educating their children. To assist them, provincial and territorial governments administer and regulate educational systems. There is no federal department of education and no national system of education.
Holidays and observances in Canada
National, local and religious holidays and observances
Holidays – Canadian statutory holidays
Canadian statutory holidays in 2015. A new holiday in 2015 for Nova Scotia is Viola Desmond Day, observed on February 16th.
Demographic information includes population, quality of life, health, sports, technology, energy and the environment
Demographics – Statistics by subject: Population and demography
Data and studies on human populations (for example, census, demographic estimates and projections), as well as the growth factors of those populations (births, deaths, and migrations). It also contains data and studies relating to causes and consequences of demographic changes, especially aging of the population.
Export and Import Controls
On this site find information about exports and imports of controlled products. Get notices to importers and exporters, access export and import control systems, and consult key resources such as printable forms, guides and handbooks.
Trade Agreements – Canada’s Free Trade Agreements
Since 2006, Canada has concluded free trade agreements with no less than 38 countries, bringing the total to 43, making up more than half of the global economy and representing nearly one quarter of the world’s countries.
Housing and Rentals
Housing in Canada
This site provides information on housing in Canada including temporary housing for new arrivals
Renting a home in Canada
Your “landlord” is the person who owns the house or building you live in. For larger buildings, the landlord may hire a “property manager” or “superintendent” to collect rent and manage the building.
Travel.gc.ca – Home
Information on how to have a safe and enjoyable journey whether you are travelling in Canada or abroad.
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