Natural resources are not something typically valued by Canadians or sought as something to better like the country more for, but because of these resources which we are fortunate to have and the convenience of having them in our country, our lives are made easier on a daily basis. There are countries such as Switzerland and Belgium which do not have such resources, and rely on industrial trade to survive, which ultimately impacts those who inhabit the countries (BeforeItsNews).
Every province or territory is known for one or multiple natural resources which they are most rich in, and export across the country/world (Chapman). Here is a quick rundown on each province/territory and which resources they are most evidently rich in.
British Columbia: is coastal bound, with rivers such as the Peace and Columbia Rivers, which are large sources of hydroelectricity. It also has other rivers such as Fraser and Skeena which are are great sources of a variety of fish, such as salmon and trout. It also has a large amount of coniferous forests, which produce a large amount of our wood. Towards the east of the province, there are coal and natural gas resources (Chapman).
Alberta contains the Western Sedimentary Basin and the Rocky Mountains, which holds great amounts of fossil fuels, these include coal, oil and gas. Towards the south of the province, high quality agriculture area is evident and there are many forested areas (Chapman).
Saskatchewan is the most evident and relevant land in Canada for wheat growing, and also holds many other grains and crops. It also has productive wildlife habitat which depend on these crops. Saskatchewan contains good amounts of petroleum, coal and uranium. When it comes to potash, Saskatchewan is the worlds largest exporter and second largest producer (Chapman).
Manitoba has a significant amount of agricultural land but is rather known for it's vast amount of minerals; with nickel being the major mineral produced there, followed by copper, lead and zinc. The province has great potential for hydroelectric minerals with the Nelson & Churchill Rivers etc. Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba also have great fish stock within them (Chapman).
Ontario holds the largest market for resource based goods and services in Canada, being the most populated region out of all 13 provinces/territories (Statistics Canada). Ontario also has large renewable and non renewable resources, ranking third in the country after Saskatchewan and Alberta (Chapman).
Quebec falls behind in fossil fuels, but it has an incredibly large water supply. There are many bodies of water going from the Canadian Shield to the St. Lawrence Lowlands and James Bay, leaving us with a huge renewable energy source. A lot of these useless bodies of water hold potential for hydroelectric resources in the future (Chapman).
The Atlantic Provinces, consisting of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island (PEI) and Newfoundland and Labrador. All of these provinces are categorized as one because for the most part, they consist of the same resources, which primarily revolve around water. Islands and Peninsulas make up a large part of the east, which have many species of fish and crustacean resources. Areas of forested land is found in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador, along with hydroelectric resources in Labrador and the Bay of Fundy. For minerals, there is metal in New Brunswick, iron in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia has gypsum and salt. There are large coal deposits in the Cape Breton area of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia also has great potential for gas in the future, as does Newfoundland for oil, both of these can result in great things for Canada and us as inhabitants in making our lives everyday easier (Chapman).
Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the world (StatCan), and I feel very privileged to live in a country where everyone including myself is accepted and treated the way you would treat someone of your own kind. This was evidently expressed by the Prime Minister of Canada himself, Justin Trudeau to make sure that immigrants in Canada are not afraid to express their religious and cultural values, beliefs and personal opinions on different topics.
Demographics: 5.8 million people around Canada speak 2 or more languages in 2011, rising from 4.5 million people in 2006. The approximate number now in 2017 is expected to almost double that number with the welcoming of more immigrants/refugees. The languages spoken by these people make up over 200 languages spoken across the country. 20.6% of Canadians report to have a mother tongue other than English or French and out of that only 6.2% of Canadians spoke a language other than English or French as their sole home language (Linguistic Characteristics of Canadians). This statement goes to show how people inhabiting Canada have adapted to the average situations of other inhabitants, and speak one of the national Canadian languages in unity.