Canada – Au Pair
Anyone who opts for an au pair program in Canada can expect many new experiences in dealing with the residents. The au pair host families in Canada are carefully selected by the organizers and look forward to their new family member.
There are two types of au pair programs offered in Canada.
Au Pair in Canada with a language course
The participants live as au pairs in Canada and complete a 4-week English language course at a renowned language school at the beginning of the program. The language course in Canada helps the participants to intensify their English skills at the beginning of their stay in order to become more confident in dealing with pronunciation and grammar and to find their way around everyday family life as well as possible.
Most providers offer the option of participating in an au pair program at any time.
Au Pair in Canada without a language course
Another variant are au pair programs without a previous language course. Au Pair participants have the opportunity to deal even more intensively with their fellow human beings and to experience everyday life in Canada with them.
Here, too, the program can be started all year round.
Canada – population
The population of Canada has been 33,212,696 since the last census in July 2008. Due to the enormous size of the country and the small number of inhabitants, there is one of the lowest population densities in the world with 3.2 inhabitants per square kilometer. The north of Canada is almost uninhabited.
Most of Canada’s population is concentrated in the 350 km wide strip along the border with the United States. Four fifths of Canada’s population live in the major metropolitan areas of Toronto, Montrèal, Vancouver and Ottawa. The largest provinces of Canada are Ontario, with approximately 12,160,282 inhabitants, and Quebec with 7,546,131 inhabitants.
4,113,487 people live in British Columbia, 3,290,350 in Alberta, 1,148,401 in Manitoba and 968,157 in Saskatchewan. Nunavut is the most populous territory of Canada with 29,474 inhabitants, just ahead of the Yukon area with 30,372 inhabitants.
Like the United States, Canada is an immigrant country. Due to the historical connection to Great Britain, many immigrants from the United Kingdom came to Canada in the past. Due to the proximity to the USA, many people from the USA came across the border to Canada. Other immigrant groups settled in from Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia and the Ukraine. Today there are particularly many immigrants from China. Compared to the other G8 countries, Canada has the largest population growth rate. For example, the population of Canada increased by 5.4% between 2001 and 2006.
The birth rate of Canada in 2008 was 10.29 births per 1,000 people and the death rate was 7.61 per 1,000 people. Population growth was -0.53% compared to 2007.
The average life expectancy in Canada is 81.16 years. The mean age of men in Canada is 78.65 years and that of women is 83.81 years.
Canada Famous People
Similar to the USA, Canada has many famous personalities whose notoriety extends beyond national borders. These include Pamela Anderson, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion and Neil Young, among others.
When it comes to actors in particular, many Canadians have made it to Hollywood. One of the most famous among them is probably Jim Carrey, who has already starred in numerous Hollywood films. Leslie Nielsen also celebrated great success with the film “The Naked Cannon”.
Canada – climate
There are different climates in Canada. This extends from the polar climate in the north to the temperate climate on the west coast. Most of Canada is determined by the boral climate. This means that there are very long and cold winters here with temperatures as low as -35 ° C. Summers in these parts of Canada are very short but also very hot. Temperatures of up to 35 ° C can be reached in summer.
The lowest temperature ever recorded was recorded in Burwash Landing in the Yukon Territory in the winter of 2004. The temperature dropped to -58 ° C at this point. The western coast of Canada has a maritime climate with a high rate of precipitation, caused by the humid ocean air raining down on the western edge of the coastal mountain range. The steppes in the middle of the country are dry. Winters are colder and longer inland than on the coast, with temperatures well below freezing and lots of snow. The summers are warmer, however. The most pronounced seasons are found in the provinces of Québec and Ontario. The winters are very cold here, the spring and autumn are mild and the summer is very hot and humid.
Canada – infrastructure
In Canada mainly the metropolitan areas in the west and east, near the American border, are accessible to traffic. In northern Canada, however, there is hardly any need.
All the provinces are connected by the longest road in the world. The Trans-Canada Highway, with a length of approx. 8,000 km, runs from Victoria on the Pacific to St. John’s on the Atlantic.
Canada not only has the longest street, but also one of the widest highways in the world. The “401” freeway runs through 16 lanes through the Toronto metropolitan area.
The best-known airline in Canada is Air Canada, with more than 34 million passengers.