Canada

Visa information, Countries Know how’s and other details summarized for your better understanding about Study in Canada

Canada

Canada is yet another dream destination for study and travel for Indian students and travelers. It is a land of diverse culture and religion. It is considered one of the best countries to live in and for study.

Canada is the second largest country in the world in land area, after Russia. It has the longest border with water (coastline) of any country in the world. It is next to the Pacific, Arctic, and Atlantic Oceans. It is the only country in the world to be next to three oceans at once. It has six time zones

Canada is made up of ten provinces and three territories. The provinces are between the 45th and 60th parallels of latitude, and the territories are to the north of the 60th parallel of latitude. Most large cities in Canada are in the southern part of the country, including Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. There are very few people living in the northern part of Canada.



Provinces
Name Capital Largest city Entered
Confederation
Population
(2014)
Area
(km2)
Official
language
Ontario Toronto Toronto 1867 13,678,700 1,076,395 English
Quebec Quebec City Montreal 1867 8,214,700 1,542,056 French
British Columbia Victoria Vancouver 1871 4,631,300 944,735 English
Alberta Edmonton Calgary 1905 4,121,700 661,848 English
Manitoba Winnipeg Winnipeg 1870 1,282,000 647,797 English
Saskatchewan Regina Saskatoon 1905 1,125,400 651,036 English
Nova Scotia Halifax Halifax 1867 942,700 55,284 English
New Brunswick Fredericton Saint John 1867 753,900 72,908 English and French
Newfoundland and Labrador St. John’s St. John’s 1949 527,000 405,212 English
Prince Edward Island Charlottetown Charlottetown 1873 146,300 5,660 English
Territories
Northwest Territories Yellowknife Yellowknife 1870 41,462 1,346,106 multiple
Yukon Whitehorse Whitehorse 1898 33,897 482,443 English and French
Nunavut Iqaluit Iqaluit 1999 31,906 2,093,190 multiple

The Indo-Canadian population according to the National Household Survey in the 2011 in the 10 Canadian Provinces and 3 territories

Province Indian %
Ontario 722,153 5.3%
British Columbia 302,153 6.5%
Alberta 140,265 3.7%
Québec 53,400 0.6%
Manitoba 302,15325,400 2.0%
Saskatchewan 10,200 0.9%
Saskatchewan 10,200 0.9%
Nova Scotia 4,400 0.4%
New Brunswick 2,605 0.3%
Newfoundland and Labrador 1,395 0.3%
Yukon 310 0.9%
Prince Edward Island 255 0.2%
Northwest Territories 165 0.4%
Nunavut 80 0.3%
Canada 1,260,000 3.8%

Cities with large Indo-Canadian populations: Canadian metropolitan areas with large Indo-Canadian populations:

City Province Indian Percentage
Toronto Ontario 572,250 10.4%
Greater Vancouver British Columbia 217,820 9.6%
Montréal Quebec 45,640 1.2%
Calgary Alberta 66,640 5.6%
Edmonton Alberta 46,570 5.9%
Ottawa Ontario 20,535 2.6%
Winnipeg Manitoba 19,855 2.8%
Hamilton Ontario 18,270 2.6%
Victoria British Columbia 7,260 2.2%
Kitchener Ontario 16,305 3.5%

In Canada you can experiences all four seasons like India : Spring, Summer, Autumn (Fall) and Winter. The summers occurs between June and September and can be hot and humid with temperatures more than 30 degrees Celsius. Spring and Autumn are transition seasons, where there is more rain and temperatures keeps fluctuating. Winter in Canada is very cold in most areas of the country, where temperatures typically fall below 0 degree Celsius. In Northern Territories you can experience temperature like -50 ̊C and below. Snow can cover the ground from anywhere between December to early April. Some coastal areas such as Vancouver and Victoria often experience more mild winters, where rain is more common than snow.

For Indians Canada is the most like destination to study abroad. We have jolted down some points about Canada which can help you reach your decision about stdying in Canada.

Qualifications valued around the world

With Very renowned colleges and universities Canadian graduation/Pg degree is valued all cross the globe. The up to date and real time implementation of technologies, The courses offered are far advanced than many college in our country.

Affordable education

The education standards are among the highest in Canada but the cost of living and tuition fees for international students are on a lower side compared to other study abroad destinations in the world. It makes your stay a little comfortable as you don’t have to invest in heavy financial options before and after migration.

Multicultural society

Canada has opened its doors to almost every country in the world. You can easily find people from all over Asia in Canada. Canada respects and allows practicing every religion with honor and the society accepts people from all over the globe. It makes every person feel secure and a part of society no matter what religion he/she follows.

Healthy and safe communities

While you may have heard of or experienced Canadians’ friendly and open nature, you may not have known that the United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live. As an international student in Canada, you’ll enjoy all of the same freedoms which protect Canadians – respect for human rights, equality, and a stable and peaceful society.

Innovative and abundant research opportunities

Since research is one of the key components of a Canadian post-secondary education, you’ll have ample opportunity to become a part of this vibrant aspect of education. In Canada, government and industry together support research including: telecommunications, medicine, agriculture, computer technology, and environmental science.

Land of possibilities

Under Canada’s highly dynamic and hands-on academic environment, you will not only acquire knowledge and skills in analysis and communication, but you will also learn how to express yourself, demonstrate your creativity, and develop your self-confidence! Teachers and professors are always available and eager to help with lessons, and studies fuse academic excellence with interaction and collaboration in the classroom.

Ref http://www.educanada.ca/

Canadian Study/Education system

Any Student who has completed Secondary Education from a recognized board can apply for post secondary education in any of the following types of institutions.
Universities: Almost all of the universities in Canada are publically funded. Which means that tuition fees in these universities are at lower side as compared to universities in other countries?

University Colleges: The Canadian University System is Co-ordinate with the University Colleges. They offer students a choice between a lot of practical-oriented school diplomas and certificates or the academic-oriented university degree programmes. So you have many a number of choices.

Community colleges and Technical institutes: These type of institutes offer the business-oriented courses with small classes, off-campus syllabus offering better laboratory and classroom space and a better learning approach.

Technical/ Career College: These are privately-owned and operated college. Their mission is to prepare students for industry oriented courses. They pay more attention to practical programs and have a wide range of programs to offer.

For detailed information, contact our Study abroad visa counselors.

When you decide to study in Canada then is a valuable investment for your future which will ultimately lead to better education and a globally recognized degree as returns. If it is a done decision then you also have to take in account an important factor i.e the cost of living. Let’s discuss some points that can affect the cost of living expenses

Tuition

As discussed earlier the Canadian colleges have less tuition fee to offer as compared to colleges in US and Canada. It means that you will have to pay almost half of what you would have paid in UK or any other country.

Accommodation

Most of the colleges offer hostels or home stays as an option for accommodation to international students. Most of the stays are in dormitory style and are well furnished. These can be a little expensive as compare to living off campus as you have to arrange all the furnishing and house hold needs too.

Other costs of living

These are some typical costs for items and services in Canada. Please note all figures are in Canadian Dollars (CAD).

Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre $765 – $1,650
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre $640 – $1,250
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre $1,200 – $3,000
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre $1,000 – $2,200
Groceries for One Person (one month) $200 – $300
Monthly Public Transportation Pass $78 – $125
Internet Connection (high speed, one month) $40 – $85
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant $12 – $20
Fast Food Meal (hamburger, soft drink, fries) $8 – $11
Movie $11 – $16
Coffee from Specialty Coffee Shop $3 – $5
Gas/Petrol (per litre) $0.96 – $1.50

Now, let’s see what are the steps to go through to get the Canadian student visa:

  • Decide on a university to apply to and get your acceptance letter
  • Apply for the Canadian student visa
  • As soon as you got the acceptance letter from the university, it is time to proceed to the next step: applying for a student visa, which is locally known as a student permit
    • The first steps to obtain your student visa:

    • Apply online for your Canadian student visa, on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website before you arrive in Canada;
    • In countries with limited internet access it’s also possible to apply for visa on paper;
    • Provide an acceptance letter from a designated learning institution (a university recognized by the Canadian government);
    • GIC details
    • Have no criminal record;
    • Submit clinical records that state you are in good health and complete medical examinations if required.
  • Prepare all required documents for the student visa in Canada
    • Completed application form;
    • The original letter of acceptance from the university;
    • A valid passport/travel document, which also allows you to return to your home country. If you live in the U.S.A., this is not necessary;
    • Four recent passport-size photographs, with specifications of name and date of birth on the back;
    • GIC certificate
    • SOP;
    • If you intend to study in Quebec, you will also need a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec, English and French translations for your document, a statement from the translator and a certified copy of the original documents;
    • Proof that you paid the study permit fee (150 CAD).
  • Language requirements for my study in Canada
  • Unless you come from an English-speaking country, Canadian universities will require you to submit proof of English language proficiency. Accepted language tests are:

    • IELTS
    • Cambridge English: Advanced
    • TOEFL

    Proof of your language skills is not included on the list of required documents for a Canadian student visa. But it is a good idea to have some proof of English ability, just in case.

  • Biometrics appointment and interview
  • Depending on the requirements for your country, you might have to show up at a Visa Application Centre in your country to have your biometrics taken. The biometric fee is 85 CAD. This fee is in addition to the regular visa fee. Some countries are exempt from the biometrics visit, so it’s likely they won’t need to visit an application centre at all.

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