Canada vs the World Makayla langley

Canada Data Collection

Geography

Natural resources :

-iron, nickel, zinc, copper, diamonds, silver, fish, coal, natural gas

Land use:

- agricultural land 6.8%

-forest 34.1%

-other 59.1%

Natural hazards:

-permafrost in the north contributes to lack of development

-cyclonic storms as a result of air masses being mixed (arctic, pacific, north american interior)

-volcanoes: most volcanoes are dormant

Environmental issues:

-coal burning utilities and vehicle emissions impact agricultural and forest productivity

- air pollution and acid rain damage lakes and forests

-ocean waters contaminated as a result of mini, forestry and agricultural activities

People and society

Population:

- 35,362,905

Age structure/dependency:

- 0-14 years 15.44%

- 15-24 years 12.12%

- 25-54 years 40.32%

- 55-64 years 13.94%

- 65 years and older 18.18%

- total dependency ratio 47.3%

- youth dependency ratio 23.5%

- elderly dependency ratio 23.8%

Population growth rate:

- 0.74%

Urbanization:

- urban population: 81.8%

Life expectancy:

-total population 81.9 years old

- male: 79.2 years old female: 84.6 years old

Total fertility rate:

- 1.6 children born/woman

Health expenditures

- 10.4% of GDP

Economy

Gross domestic product

-2016 it was $46,200

Unemployment rate

- 2016 7.1%

-2015 6.9%

Poverty line

-9.4%

Exports

- In 2016, $402.4 billion

External debt

- As of March 2016, $1.608 trillion

Communications

Telephones

-Fixed lines: 15.902 million

-Cellular: 29.39 million

Internet users

-31.053 million

-88.5% of the population

"How Canada is perceived around the World"

-Slovenians think highly of Canada, and that we are a “warm” nation because they are linked by family

-Netherlands thinks of Canada as similar to Europe, country filled with natural beauty. The dutch like the down-to-earth spirit of Canadians although, images are changing because they fear that Canada’s beautiful nature will soon be destroyed and replaced with a huge oil field.

-Slovaks hear little about Canada, they think of us as the “better United States” because of our lack of involvement in things that don’t concern us

-According to surveys, americans like canadians more than any other country although, there is a greater number of Canadian’s that go to visit the US rather than vice versa. Overall, the US can learn from Canada when it comes to education and healthcare.

-According to Israel, Canada has developed it’s own identity when it comes to academics.”Wonderful democratic country with wonderful people”

-China thinks that Canada can be more engaged when it comes to defending fundamental rights

-Canada had past political differences with India, but it has started to change with more opportunities to forge a relationship with them

-In Germany, Canada is a model as far as being multicultural and having a variety of immigrants

-Canada is often dismissed in Britain although, Canada offers new ways of living

-Students in Poland view Canada as a country that cherishes different cultures, religions and ethnicities

-Canada has a role as peacemaker in Venezuela, country is very multicultural

-Northern Ireland has learned from Canada’s policies (integration, equality etc.)

Analysis

What is Canada's biggest strength? Biggest weakness?

1. Canada’s biggest strength is, as a nation, our inclusivity of other cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds. Many immigrants choose to come to this country because of our acceptance of them, and allowance of them into this country without judgement. This is evident by what was said about Canada from other countries. Multiple countries remarked on Canada’s inclusivity. Poland, Northern Ireland and the Netherlands all remarked on us being a nation that was welcoming to immigrants and other cultures.

Canada has immigrants and citizens from all around the globe

Canada’s biggest weakness is, our failure to get more involved and forge friendships with other nations. Those in Slovakia and the United States mentioned that there was “little to know” about Canada because of our lack of connection with other countries. China mentioned that Canada could improve in being more engaged when it comes to fundamental rights. Although innovative, Canada sticks to problems pertaining our nation and work less with other countries and their problems.

What is Canada's most pressing issue/concern?

2. Canada’s most pressing issue/concern is the potential loss of natural resources and the growing amount of pollution in this country. The CIA world Factbook listed a multitude of natural resources that are available in this country but, there was a number of natural hazards and environmental issues that affect these resources. For example, acid rains can affect the forests, and vehicle emission and coal facilities can affect the productivity of agriculture. Furthermore, The Netherlands fear that our once beautiful country will become “one big oil field”.

Should Canadians be proud of their country? Why?

3.Compared to others, Canada should be very proud of their country. Canada contains multiple different climates and an array of natural ressources (silver, zinc, fish etc.) while still continuing to urbanize the country. A good portion of our GDP is used towards health expenditures (over 10%). Moreover, there is a life expectancy of over 70 years for both men and women. There is a low unemployment and poverty rate meaning, immigrating to Canada more often than not results in a successful stable job and income. Overall, Canada has good stability while still being openly multicultural and accepting of others.

Is Canada better off than others?

4. In certain areas Canada is better off. More than half the population has access to a cellular phone and 88.5% of the Canadian population uses the Internet meaning, in Canada it is easy to stay connected and aware about things that are happening around the world and in the community. On the other hand, Canada is not better off when it comes to environmental issues. Only 6.8% of our land is being used towards agriculture, meaning a lot of land is become built and transformed into more populated areas with housing, recreation etc. Because of this, Canada is becoming more polluted and affected by natural hazards.

Credits:

Created with images by PublicDomainPictures - "flag canadian country" • NOAA Photo Library - "nssl0054" • alegria2014 - "dying tree dead wood dead plant" • Leroy_Skalstad - "people homeless male" • Unsplash - "phone cell cell phone" • stokpic - "hands world map" • Tama66 - "globe earth world"

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