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High Commission of India, Ottawa

CANADA – FACT SHEET

BASIC INFORMATION

 

Official Name                                        Canada
Capital                                                  Ottawa (located in the province of Ontario)
Form of Government                                Constitutional Monarchy & Parliamentary Democracy
Head of State                                       The Queen of England represented by
His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General & Commander-in-Chief
Head of Government                             The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister
Area                                                     9,970,610 sq. Km
Official Languages                                English (spoken by 61% of population) and
French (spoken by 24%)
Other languages spoken are Chinese, Italian, German, Punjabi, etc.
Monetary Unit                                         Canadian Dollar (C$ 1 = Rs.  55.55 approx.)
Date of Last General Elections                02 May 2011
Distribution                                           More than 85% of the Canadian population lives within 300 km of the 5000 km long  Canada-US border.
Religion                                                Roman Catholic 46%, Protestant 26%,Others 28%.
Literacy rate                                          97%

Population                                           35.002 million (2012)

Population of major provinces and major cities (in million, 2011)

Province                                  Population                               Major Cities      Population

Ontario                                       13.37                                      Toronto GTA                   5.58
Ottawa                          1.23
Quebec                                        7.97                                       Montreal                       3.82
British Columbia                          4.57                                        Vancouver                    2.31
Alberta                                        3.78                                        Edmonton                     1.16
Calgary                          1.21
Manitoba                                    1.25                                        Winnipeg                      0.73

ECONOMY

(Exchange Rate: 1 C$ = 1 USD (Annual Average 2012)

Items                                       2012                2011                2010                2009                                       
GDP (Current Canadian $)     1,817.6 bn      1762.4 bn        1664.8 bn        1529.0 bn                   
Real GDP Growth                   1.8%               2.4 %               3.2%               (-) 2.8%                                  
Per Capita GDP                       52,109            51,109             48,782             45,331            
Unemployment (%)                7.2%               7.4 %               8.0%                8.3%                                       
Employment Growth               1.2%               1.6 %               1.4%                (-) 1.6%                      
Rate of Inflation – CPI                        1.5%               2.9 %               1.8%                0.3%               

Foreign Trade (in billion $)        2012              2011                2010                2009                           

Exports (Goods & Services)                     545.8                 539.3                    482.3              437.6                          
Imports (Goods & Services)                 582.3             561.4               514.2              464.5                                                  

 

Latest Data (Q1-2013)
Exchange Rate: 1 C$ = 0.98 USD (17/01/2013)

Items                                                                Q1- 2013

GDP (In Canadian current $)                             1853.6 bn*
Real GDP Growth                                             2.5 %*
Per Capita GDP (C$)                                         52,876
Unemployment                                                 7.1%    
Employment Growth                                        1.6%
CPI Rate of Inflation – Year-over-Year       0.9 %**

Foreign Trade (in billion C$)                Q1-2013

Exports (Goods & Services)                               139.1 bn
Imports (Goods & Services)                            146.6 bn

 

* Seasonally Adjusted at annual rate
** Not Seasonally adjusted
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June 2013

Address: High Commission of India, 10, Springfield Road, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1M 1C9

Working hours: 0900 hours to 1730 hours (Monday to Friday)
Telephone Numbers: 613 744 3751, 613 744 3752, 613 744 3753
Fax Number: 613 744 3033 / 613 744 0913.
E-Mail : hicomind@hciottawa.ca