Introduction

Summary

Self-governing Dominion of the Commonwealth. One of the OECD countries.

Cities

Capital: Ottawa

Principal Ports

Halifax, Montreal, Quebec, St John’s, Toronto, Vancouver

Population

36.9 million

International Country Code

CA

Language(s)

English; French

Religion

Roman Catholic, United Church, Anglican, Other

Literacy Rate

99%

Weights and Measures

Metric system

Electricity Supply

120V, 60Hz

International Direct Dialling Code

00 1

Time

Eastern Standard Time: 5 hours behind GMT.

Public Holidays

DateHoliday NameObservance
01 Jan 2019New Year's Day
02 Jan 2019Bank Holiday (QC)
18 Feb 2019Family Day (AB NB ON SK)
18 Feb 2019Family Day (BC)
18 Feb 2019Heritage Day (NS) (Honouring Maud Lewis)
18 Feb 2019Islander Day (PE)
18 Feb 2019Louis Riel Day (MB)
19 Apr 2019Good Friday (optional in QC)Easter
22 Apr 2019Easter Monday (AB QC) (optional)Easter
20 May 2019Victoria Day (not statutory in NB NL NS PE)
21 Jun 2019National Aboriginal Day (NT YT)
24 Jun 2019Discovery Day (NL) (optional)
24 Jun 2019Saint Jean Baptiste (QC)
01 Jul 2019Canada Day
09 Jul 2019Nunavut Day (NU)
05 Aug 2019Civic Holiday (widely observed but statutory only in BC NB NU NT SK)
19 Aug 2019Discovery Day (YT)
02 Sep 2019Labour Day
14 Oct 2019Thanksgiving Day
11 Nov 2019Remembrance Day (not statutory in MB NS ON QC)
25 Dec 2019Christmas Day
26 Dec 2019Boxing Day (statutory only in NB ON)

Economy

Canada’s economy continues to grow and now ranks 10th in the world. Its gross domestic product has increased by more than, or just under, 2% each year between 2010 and 2016, and in 2017 it rose by 3%.

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