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  • Introduction :: Canada
  • Background field listing

    A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867, while retaining ties to the British crown. Canada repatriated its constitution from the UK in 1982, severing a final colonial tie. Economically and technologically, the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across the world's longest international border. Canada faces the political challenges of meeting public demands for quality improvements in health care, education, social services, and economic competitiveness, as well as responding to the particular concerns of predominantly francophone Quebec. Canada also aims to develop its diverse energy resources while maintaining its commitment to the environment.

  • Geography :: Canada
  • Location field listing
    Northern North America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean on the east, North Pacific Ocean on the west, and the Arctic Ocean on the north, north of the conterminous US
    Geographic coordinates field listing
    60 00 N, 95 00 W
    Map references field listing
    North America
    Area field listing
    total: 9,984,670 sq km
    land: 9,093,507 sq km
    water: 891,163 sq km
    country comparison to the world: 3
    Area - comparative field listing
    slightly larger than the US
    Area comparison map: Area comparison map
    Land boundaries field listing
    total: 8,893 km
    border countries (1): US 8893 km (includes 2477 km with Alaska)

    note: Canada is the world's largest country that borders only one country

    Coastline field listing
    202,080 km

    note: the Canadian Arctic Archipelago - consisting of 36,563 islands, several of them some of the world's largest - contributes to Canada easily having the longest coastline in the world

    Maritime claims field listing
    territorial sea: 12 nm
    exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
    contiguous zone: 24 nm
    continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
    Climate field listing
    varies from temperate in south to subarctic and arctic in north
    Terrain field listing
    mostly plains with mountains in west, lowlands in southeast
    Elevation field listing
    mean elevation: 487 m
    lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
    highest point: Mount Logan 5,959 m
    Natural resources field listing
    bauxite, iron ore, nickel, zinc, copper, gold, lead, rare earth elements, molybdenum, potash, diamonds, silver, fish, timber, wildlife, coal, petroleum, natural gas, hydropower
    Land use field listing
    agricultural land: 6.8% (2011 est.)
    arable land: 4.7% (2011 est.) / permanent crops: 0.5% (2011 est.) / permanent pasture: 1.6% (2011 est.)
    forest: 34.1% (2011 est.)
    other: 59.1% (2011 est.)
    Irrigated land field listing
    8,700 sq km (2012)
    Population distribution field listing
    vast majority of Canadians are positioned in a discontinuous band within approximately 300 km of the southern border with the United States; the most populated province is Ontario, followed by Quebec and British Columbia
    Natural hazards field listing

    continuous permafrost in north is a serious obstacle to development; cyclonic storms form east of the Rocky Mountains, a result of the mixing of air masses from the Arctic, Pacific, and North American interior, and produce most of the country's rain and snow east of the mountains

    volcanism: the vast majority of volcanoes in Western Canada's Coast Mountains remain dormant

    Environment - current issues field listing
    metal smelting, coal-burning utilities, and vehicle emissions impacting agricultural and forest productivity; air pollution and resulting acid rain severely affecting lakes and damaging forests; ocean waters becoming contaminated due to agricultural, industrial, mining, and forestry activities
    Environment - international agreements field listing
    party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Air Pollution-Sulfur 85, Air Pollution-Sulfur 94, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Antarctic Seals, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands
    signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Marine Life Conservation
    Geography - note field listing

    note 1: second-largest country in world (after Russia) and largest in the Americas; strategic location between Russia and US via north polar route; approximately 90% of the population is concentrated within 160 km (100 mi) of the US border

    note 2: Canada has more fresh water than any other country and almost 9% of Canadian territory is water; Canada has at least 2 million and possibly over 3 million lakes - that is more than all other countries combined

  • People and Society :: Canada
  • Population field listing
    37,694,085 (July 2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 38
    Nationality field listing
    noun: Canadian(s)
    adjective: Canadian
    Ethnic groups field listing
    Canadian 32.3%, English 18.3%, Scottish 13.9%, French 13.6%, Irish 13.4%, German 9.6%, Chinese 5.1%, Italian 4.6%, North American Indian 4.4%, East Indian 4%, other 51.6% (2016 est.)

    note: percentages add up to more than 100% because respondents were able to identify more than one ethnic origin

    Languages field listing
    English (official) 58.7%, French (official) 22%, Punjabi 1.4%, Italian 1.3%, Spanish 1.3%, German 1.3%, Cantonese 1.2%, Tagalog 1.2%, Arabic 1.1%, other 10.5% (2011 est.)
    Religions field listing
    Catholic 39% (includes Roman Catholic 38.8%, other Catholic .2%), Protestant 20.3% (includes United Church 6.1%, Anglican 5%, Baptist 1.9%, Lutheran 1.5%, Pentecostal 1.5%, Presbyterian 1.4%, other Protestant 2.9%), Orthodox 1.6%, other Christian 6.3%, Muslim 3.2%, Hindu 1.5%, Sikh 1.4%, Buddhist 1.1%, Jewish 1%, other 0.6%, none 23.9% (2011 est.)
    Age structure field listing
    0-14 years: 15.99% (male 3,094,008/female 2,931,953)
    15-24 years: 11.14% (male 2,167,013/female 2,032,064)
    25-54 years: 39.81% (male 7,527,554/female 7,478,737)
    55-64 years: 14.08% (male 2,624,474/female 2,682,858)
    65 years and over: 18.98% (male 3,274,298/female 3,881,126) (2020 est.)
    population pyramid: population pyramid
    Dependency ratios field listing
    total dependency ratio: 51.2
    youth dependency ratio: 23.9
    elderly dependency ratio: 27.4
    potential support ratio: 3.7 (2020 est.)
    Median age field listing
    total: 41.8 years
    male: 40.6 years
    female: 42.9 years (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 40
    Population growth rate field listing
    0.81% (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 127
    Birth rate field listing
    10.2 births/1,000 population (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 190
    Death rate field listing
    7.9 deaths/1,000 population (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 92
    Net migration rate field listing
    5.6 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 20
    Population distribution field listing
    vast majority of Canadians are positioned in a discontinuous band within approximately 300 km of the southern border with the United States; the most populated province is Ontario, followed by Quebec and British Columbia
    Urbanization field listing
    urban population: 81.6% of total population (2020)
    rate of urbanization: 0.97% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
    total population growth rate v. urban population growth rate, 2000-2030: PDF
    Major urban areas - population field listing
    6.197 million Toronto, 4.221 million Montreal, 2.581 million Vancouver, 1.547 million Calgary, 1.461 million Edmonton, 1.393 million OTTAWA (capital) (2020)
    Sex ratio field listing
    at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
    0-14 years: 1.06 male(s)/female
    15-24 years: 1.07 male(s)/female
    25-54 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
    55-64 years: 0.98 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.84 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.98 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
    Mother's mean age at first birth field listing
    29 years (2017 est.)
    Maternal mortality rate field listing
    10 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 145
    Infant mortality rate field listing
    total: 4.3 deaths/1,000 live births
    male: 4.5 deaths/1,000 live births
    female: 4.1 deaths/1,000 live births (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 183
    Life expectancy at birth field listing
    total population: 83.4 years
    male: 81.1 years
    female: 85.9 years (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 6
    Total fertility rate field listing
    1.57 children born/woman (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 191
    Drinking water source field listing
    improved: urban: 100% of population
    rural: 98.9% of population
    total: 100% of population
    unimproved: urban: 0% of population
    rural: 1.1% of population
    total: 0% of population (2017 est.)
    Current Health Expenditure field listing
    10.6% (2017)
    Physicians density field listing
    2.31 physicians/1,000 population (2017)
    Hospital bed density field listing
    2.5 beds/1,000 population (2017)
    Sanitation facility access field listing
    improved: urban: 100% of population
    rural: 98.7% of population
    total: 100% of population
    unimproved: urban: 0% of population
    rural: 1.3% of population
    total: 0% of population (2017 est.)
    HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate field listing
    HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS field listing
    HIV/AIDS - deaths field listing
    Obesity - adult prevalence rate field listing
    29.4% (2016)
    country comparison to the world: 26
    Education expenditures field listing
    5.3% of GDP (2011)
    country comparison to the world: 46
    School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education) field listing
    total: 16 years
    male: 16 years
    female: 17 years (2018)
    Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 field listing
    total: 11.1%
    male: 12.5%
    female: 9.6% (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 116
  • Government :: Canada
  • Country name field listing
    conventional long form: none
    conventional short form: Canada
    etymology: the country name likely derives from the St. Lawrence Iroquoian word "kanata" meaning village or settlement
    Government type field listing
    federal parliamentary democracy (Parliament of Canada) under a constitutional monarchy; a Commonwealth realm; federal and state authorities and responsibilities regulated in constitution
    Capital field listing
    name: Ottawa
    geographic coordinates: 45 25 N, 75 42 W
    time difference: UTC-5 (same time as Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
    daylight saving time: +1hr, begins second Sunday in March; ends first Sunday in November

    note: Canada has six time zones

    the city lies on the south bank of the Ottawa River, from which it derives its name; the river name comes from the Algonquin word "adawe" meaning "to trade" and refers to the indigenous peoples who used the river as a trade highway

    Administrative divisions field listing
    10 provinces and 3 territories*; Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories*, Nova Scotia, Nunavut*, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon*
    Independence field listing
    1 July 1867 (union of British North American colonies); 11 December 1931 (recognized by UK per Statute of Westminster)
    National holiday field listing
    Canada Day, 1 July (1867)
    Constitution field listing
    history: consists of unwritten and written acts, customs, judicial decisions, and traditions dating from 1763; the written part of the constitution consists of the Constitution Act of 29 March 1867, which created a federation of four provinces, and the Constitution Act of 17 April 1982
    amendments: proposed by either house of Parliament or by the provincial legislative assemblies; there are 5 methods for passage though most require approval by both houses of Parliament, approval of at least two thirds of the provincial legislative assemblies and assent and formalization as a proclamation by the governor general in council; the most restrictive method is reserved for amendments affecting fundamental sections of the constitution, such as the office of the monarch or the governor general, and the constitutional amendment procedures, which require unanimous approval by both houses and by all the provincial assemblies, and assent of the governor general in council; amended 11 times, last in 2011 (Fair Representation Act, 2011)
    International law organization participation field listing
    accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations; accepts ICCt jurisdiction
    Citizenship field listing
    citizenship by birth: yes
    citizenship by descent only: yes
    dual citizenship recognized: yes
    residency requirement for naturalization: minimum of 3 of last 5 years resident in Canada
    Suffrage field listing
    18 years of age; universal
    Executive branch field listing
    chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General Julie PAYETTE (since 2 October 2017)
    head of government: Prime Minister Justin Pierre James TRUDEAU (Liberal Party) (since 4 November 2015)
    cabinet: Federal Ministry chosen by the prime minister usually from among members of his/her own party sitting in Parliament
    elections/appointments: the monarchy is hereditary; governor general appointed by the monarch on the advice of the prime minister for a 5-year term; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or majority coalition in the House of Commons generally designated prime minister by the governor general

    note: the governor general position is largely ceremonial; Julie PAYETTE, a former space shuttle astronaut, is Canada's fourth female governor general but the first to have flown in space

    Legislative branch field listing
    description: bicameral Parliament or Parlement consists of:
    Senate or Senat (105 seats; members appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister and can serve until age 75)
    House of Commons or Chambre des Communes (338 seats; members directly elected in single-seat constituencies by simple majority vote with terms up to 4 years)
    elections: Senate - appointed; latest appointments in December 2018
    House of Commons - last held on 21 October 2019 (next to be held in October 2023)
    election results:
    Senate - composition as of December 2018 - men 51, women 54, percent of women 51.4%

    House of Commons - percent of vote by party - CPC 34.4%, Liberal Party 33.1%, NDP 15.9%, Bloc Quebecois 7.7%, Greens 6.5%, other 2.4%; seats by party - Liberal Party 157, CPC 121, NDP 24, Bloc Quebecois 32, Greens 4; composition - men 240, women 98, percent of women 29%; note - total Parliament percent of women 34.3%
    Judicial branch field listing
    highest courts: Supreme Court of Canada (consists of the chief justice and 8 judges); note - in 1949, Canada abolished all appeals beyond its Supreme Court, which prior to that time, were heard by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (in London)
    judge selection and term of office: chief justice and judges appointed by the prime minister in council; all judges appointed for life with mandatory retirement at age 75
    subordinate courts: federal level: Federal Court of Appeal; Federal Court; Tax Court; federal administrative tribunals; Courts Martial; provincial/territorial level: provincial superior, appeals, first instance, and specialized courts; note -  in 1999, the Nunavut Court - a circuit court with the power of a provincial superior court, as well as a territorial court - was established to serve isolated settlements
    Political parties and leaders field listing
    Bloc Quebecois [Mario BEAULIEU]
    Conservative Party of Canada or CPC [Erin O'TOOLE]
    Green Party [Annamie PAUL]
    Liberal Party [Justin TRUDEAU]
    New Democratic Party or NDP [Jagmeet SINGH]
    People's Party of Canada [Maxime BERNIER]
    International organization participation field listing
    ADB (nonregional member), AfDB (nonregional member), APEC, Arctic Council, ARF, ASEAN (dialogue partner), Australia Group, BIS, C, CD, CDB, CE (observer), EAPC, EBRD, EITI (implementing country), FAO, FATF, G-7, G-8, G-10, G-20, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC (national committees), ICCt, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IGAD (partners), IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), MIGA, MINUSTAH, MONUSCO, NAFTA, NATO, NEA, NSG, OAS, OECD, OIF, OPCW, OSCE, Pacific Alliance (observer), Paris Club, PCA, PIF (partner), UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNFICYP, UNHCR, UNMISS, UNRWA, UNTSO, UPU, WCO, WFTU (NGOs), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, ZC
    Diplomatic representation in the US field listing
    chief of mission: Ambassador Kirsten HILLMAN (since 17 July 2020)
    chancery: 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
    telephone: [1] (202) 682-1740
    FAX: [1] (202) 682-7726
    consulate(s) general: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco/Silicon Valley, Seattle
    trade office(s): Houston, Palo Alto (CA), San Diego; note - there are trade offices in the Consulates General
    Diplomatic representation from the US field listing
    chief of mission: Ambassador (vacant); Charge d'Affaires Richard M. MILLS, Jr. (since 23 August 2019)
    telephone: [1] (613) 688-5335
    embassy: 490 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 1G8
    mailing address: P. O. Box 5000, Ogdensburg, NY 13669-0430; P.O. Box 866, Station B, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5T1
    FAX: [1] (613) 688-3082
    consulate(s) general: Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Vancouver
    consulate(s): Winnipeg
    Flag description field listing
    two vertical bands of red (hoist and fly side, half width) with white square between them; an 11-pointed red maple leaf is centered in the white square; the maple leaf has long been a Canadian symbol
    National symbol(s) field listing
    maple leaf, beaver; national colors: red, white
    National anthem field listing
    name: O Canada
    lyrics/music: Adolphe-Basile ROUTHIER [French], Robert Stanley WEIR [English]/Calixa LAVALLEE

    note: adopted 1980; originally written in 1880, "O Canada" served as an unofficial anthem many years before its official adoption; the anthem has French and English versions whose lyrics differ; as a Commonwealth realm, in addition to the national anthem, "God Save the Queen" serves as the royal anthem (see United Kingdom)

  • Economy :: Canada
  • Economy - overview field listing

    Canada resembles the US in its market-oriented economic system, pattern of production, and high living standards. Since World War II, the impressive growth of the manufacturing, mining, and service sectors has transformed the nation from a largely rural economy into one primarily industrial and urban. Canada has a large oil and natural gas sector with the majority of crude oil production derived from oil sands in the western provinces, especially Alberta. Canada now ranks third in the world in proved oil reserves behind Venezuela and Saudi Arabia and is the world’s seventh-largest oil producer.

    TThe 1989 Canada-US Free Trade Agreement and the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (which includes Mexico) dramatically increased trade and economic integration between the US and Canada. Canada and the US enjoy the world’s most comprehensive bilateral trade and investment relationship, with goods and services trade totaling more than $680 billion in 2017, and two-way investment stocks of more than $800 billion. Over three-fourths of Canada’s merchandise exports are destined for the US each year. Canada is the largest foreign supplier of energy to the US, including oil, natural gas, and electric power, and a top source of US uranium imports.

    Given its abundant natural resources, highly skilled labor force, and modern capital stock, Canada enjoyed solid economic growth from 1993 through 2007. The global economic crisis of 2007-08 moved the Canadian economy into sharp recession by late 2008, and Ottawa posted its first fiscal deficit in 2009 after 12 years of surplus. Canada's major banks emerged from the financial crisis of 2008-09 among the strongest in the world, owing to the financial sector's tradition of conservative lending practices and strong capitalization. Canada’s economy posted strong growth in 2017 at 3%, but most analysts are projecting Canada’s economic growth will drop back closer to 2% in 2018.

    GDP (purchasing power parity) field listing
    $1.774 trillion (2017 est.)
    $1.721 trillion (2016 est.)
    $1.697 trillion (2015 est.)

    note: data are in 2017 dollars

    country comparison to the world: 17
    GDP (official exchange rate) field listing
    $1.653 trillion (2017 est.)
    GDP - real growth rate field listing
    1.66% (2019 est.)
    2.02% (2018 est.)
    3.17% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 149
    GDP - per capita (PPP) field listing
    $48,400 (2017 est.)
    $47,500 (2016 est.)
    $47,400 (2015 est.)

    note: data are in 2017 dollars

    country comparison to the world: 34
    Gross national saving field listing
    20.8% of GDP (2017 est.)
    20% of GDP (2016 est.)
    20.5% of GDP (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 90
    GDP - composition, by end use field listing
    household consumption: 57.8% (2017 est.)
    government consumption: 20.8% (2017 est.)
    investment in fixed capital: 23% (2017 est.)
    investment in inventories: 0.7% (2017 est.)
    exports of goods and services: 30.9% (2017 est.)
    imports of goods and services: -33.2% (2017 est.)
    GDP - composition, by sector of origin field listing
    agriculture: 1.6% (2017 est.)
    industry: 28.2% (2017 est.)
    services: 70.2% (2017 est.)
    Agriculture - products field listing
    wheat, barley, oilseed, tobacco, fruits, vegetables; dairy products; fish; forest products
    Industries field listing
    transportation equipment, chemicals, processed and unprocessed minerals, food products, wood and paper products, fish products, petroleum, natural gas
    Industrial production growth rate field listing
    4.9% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 60
    Labor force field listing
    18.136 million (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 29
    Labor force - by occupation field listing
    agriculture: 2%
    industry: 13%
    services: 6%
    industry and services: 76%
    manufacturing: 3% (2006 est.)
    Unemployment rate field listing
    5.67% (2019 est.)
    5.83% (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 91
    Population below poverty line field listing
    9.4% (2008 est.)

    note: this figure is the Low Income Cut-Off, a calculation that results in higher figures than found in many comparable economies; Canada does not have an official poverty line

    Household income or consumption by percentage share field listing
    lowest 10%: 2.6%
    highest 10%: 24.8% (2000)
    Budget field listing
    revenues: 649.6 billion (2017 est.)
    expenditures: 665.7 billion (2017 est.)
    Taxes and other revenues field listing
    39.3% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 48
    Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-) field listing
    -1% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 77
    Public debt field listing
    89.7% of GDP (2017 est.)
    91.1% of GDP (2016 est.)

    note: figures are for gross general government debt, as opposed to net federal debt; gross general government debt includes both intragovernmental debt and the debt of public entities at the sub-national level

    country comparison to the world: 25
    Fiscal year field listing
    1 April - 31 March
    Inflation rate (consumer prices) field listing
    1.6% (2017 est.)
    1.4% (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 87
    Current account balance field listing
    -$35.425 billion (2019 est.)
    -$42.862 billion (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 201
    Exports field listing
    $423.5 billion (2017 est.)
    $393.5 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 11
    Exports - partners field listing
    US 76.4%, China 4.3% (2017)
    Exports - commodities field listing
    motor vehicles and parts, industrial machinery, aircraft, telecommunications equipment; chemicals, plastics, fertilizers; wood pulp, timber, crude petroleum, natural gas, electricity, aluminum
    Imports field listing
    $442.1 billion (2017 est.)
    $413.4 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 12
    Imports - commodities field listing
    machinery and equipment, motor vehicles and parts, crude oil, chemicals, electricity, durable consumer goods
    Imports - partners field listing
    US 51.5%, China 12.6%, Mexico 6.3% (2017)
    Reserves of foreign exchange and gold field listing
    $86.68 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $82.72 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 28
    Debt - external field listing
    $1.608 trillion (31 March 2016 est.)
    $1.55 trillion (31 March 2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 13
    Exchange rates field listing
    Canadian dollars (CAD) per US dollar -
    1.308 (2017 est.)
    1.3256 (2016 est.)
    1.3256 (2015 est.)
    1.2788 (2014 est.)
    1.0298 (2013 est.)
  • Energy :: Canada
  • Electricity access field listing
    electrification - total population: 100% (2020)
    Electricity - production field listing
    649.6 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 6
    Electricity - consumption field listing
    522.2 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 7
    Electricity - exports field listing
    73.35 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 2
    Electricity - imports field listing
    2.682 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 52
    Electricity - installed generating capacity field listing
    143.5 million kW (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 8
    Electricity - from fossil fuels field listing
    23% of total installed capacity (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 191
    Electricity - from nuclear fuels field listing
    9% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 16
    Electricity - from hydroelectric plants field listing
    56% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 30
    Electricity - from other renewable sources field listing
    12% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 73
    Crude oil - production field listing
    4.264 million bbl/day (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 5
    Crude oil - exports field listing
    2.818 million bbl/day (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 4
    Crude oil - imports field listing
    806,700 bbl/day (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 14
    Crude oil - proved reserves field listing
    170.5 billion bbl (1 January 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 3
    Refined petroleum products - production field listing
    2.009 million bbl/day (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 10
    Refined petroleum products - consumption field listing
    2.445 million bbl/day (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 10
    Refined petroleum products - exports field listing
    1.115 million bbl/day (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 8
    Refined petroleum products - imports field listing
    405,700 bbl/day (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 21
    Natural gas - production field listing
    159.1 billion cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 5
    Natural gas - consumption field listing
    124.4 billion cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 6
    Natural gas - exports field listing
    83.96 billion cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 5
    Natural gas - imports field listing
    26.36 billion cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 13
    Natural gas - proved reserves field listing
    2.056 trillion cu m (1 January 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 16
    Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy field listing
    640.6 million Mt (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 9
  • Communications :: Canada
  • Telephones - fixed lines field listing
    total subscriptions: 13,258,721
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 35.46 (2019 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 15
    Telephones - mobile cellular field listing
    total subscriptions: 34,597,559
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 92.53 (2019 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 43
    Telecommunication systems field listing
    general assessment: excellent service provided by first-rate technology; offers 99% coverage with LTE; consumer demand for mobile data services have prompted telecom companies to invest and advance LTE infrastructure, and further investment in 5G; govt. policy has aided the extension of broadband to rural and regional areas, with the result that services are almost universally accessible; govt. sets up $400 million public-private partnership to exploit benefits of 5G (2020)
    domestic: 35 per 100 fixed-line; 93 per 100 mobile-cellular; comparatively low mobile penetration provides further room for growth; domestic satellite system with about 300 earth stations (2019)
    international: country code - 1; landing points for the Nunavut Undersea Fiber Optic Network System, Greenland Connect, Persona, GTT Atlantic, and Express, KetchCan 1 Submarine Fiber Cable system, St Pierre and Miquelon Cable submarine cables providing links to the US and Europe; satellite earth stations - 7 (5 Intelsat - 4 Atlantic Ocean and 1 Pacific Ocean, and 2 Intersputnik - Atlantic Ocean region) (2019)
    note: the COVID-19 outbreak is negatively impacting telecommunications production and supply chains globally; consumer spending on telecom devices and services has also slowed due to the pandemic's effect on economies worldwide; overall progress towards improvements in all facets of the telecom industry - mobile, fixed-line, broadband, submarine cable and satellite - has moderated
    Broadcast media field listing
    2 public TV broadcasting networks, 1 in English and 1 in French, each with a large number of network affiliates; several private-commercial networks also with multiple network affiliates; overall, about 150 TV stations; multi-channel satellite and cable systems provide access to a wide range of stations including US stations; mix of public and commercial radio broadcasters with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the public radio broadcaster, operating 4 radio networks, Radio Canada International, and radio services to indigenous populations in the north; roughly 1,119 licensed radio stations (2016)
    Internet country code field listing
    Internet users field listing
    total: 33,743,954
    percent of population: 91% (July 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 23
    Broadband - fixed subscriptions field listing
    total: 14,445,606
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 39 (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 14
  • Transportation :: Canada
  • National air transport system field listing
    number of registered air carriers: 51 (2020)
    inventory of registered aircraft operated by air carriers: 879
    annual passenger traffic on registered air carriers: 89.38 million (2018)
    annual freight traffic on registered air carriers: 3,434,070,000 mt-km (2018)
    Civil aircraft registration country code prefix field listing
    C (2016)
    Airports field listing
    1,467 (2013)
    country comparison to the world: 4
    Airports - with paved runways field listing
    total: 523 (2017)
    over 3,047 m: 21 (2017)
    2,438 to 3,047 m: 19 (2017)
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 147 (2017)
    914 to 1,523 m: 257 (2017)
    under 914 m: 79 (2017)
    Airports - with unpaved runways field listing
    total: 944 (2013)
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 75 (2013)
    914 to 1,523 m: 385 (2013)
    under 914 m: 484 (2013)
    Heliports field listing
    26 (2013)
    Pipelines field listing
    110000 km gas and liquid petroleum (2017)
    Railways field listing
    total: 77,932 km (2014)
    standard gauge: 77,932 km 1.435-m gauge (2014)
    country comparison to the world: 4
    Roadways field listing
    total: 1,042,300 km (2011)
    paved: 415,600 km (includes 17,000 km of expressways) (2011)
    unpaved: 626,700 km (2011)
    country comparison to the world: 8
    Waterways field listing
    636 km (Saint Lawrence Seaway of 3,769 km, including the Saint Lawrence River of 3,058 km, shared with United States) (2011)
    country comparison to the world: 77
    Merchant marine field listing
    total: 669
    by type: bulk carrier 18, container ship 1, general cargo 76, oil tanker 16, other 558 (2019)
    country comparison to the world: 34
    Ports and terminals field listing
    major seaport(s): Halifax, Saint John (New Brunswick), Vancouver
    oil terminal(s): Lower Lakes terminal
    container port(s) (TEUs): Montreal (1,537,669), Vancouver (3,252,225) (2017)
    LNG terminal(s) (import): Saint John
    river and lake port(s): Montreal, Quebec City, Sept-Isles (St. Lawrence)
    dry bulk cargo port(s): Port-Cartier (iron ore and grain),
    Fraser River Port (Fraser) Hamilton (Lake Ontario)
  • Military and Security :: Canada
  • Military and security forces field listing
    Canadian Forces: Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force, Canadian Joint Operations Command, Canadian Special Operations Forces Command; Primary Reserve (army, air, naval reserves); Coast Guard (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) (2019)
    note: the Army reserves include the Canadian Rangers, which provides a limited presence in Canada's northern, coastal, and isolated areas for sovereignty, public safety, and surveillance roles
    Military expenditures field listing
    1.31% of GDP (2019 est.)
    1.31% of GDP (2018)
    1.44% of GDP (2017)
    1.16% of GDP (2016)
    1.2% of GDP (2015)
    country comparison to the world: 90
    Military and security service personnel strengths field listing
    the Canadian Armed (CAF) Forces have approximately 66,000 total active personnel (23,000 Army; 8,300 Navy; 12,000 Air Force; 23,000 other uniformed personnel) (2019 est.)
    Military equipment inventories and acquisitions field listing
    the CAF's inventory is a mix of domestically-produced equipment and imported weapons systems from Australia, Europe, Israel, and the US; since 2010, the leading supplier is the US; Canada's defense industry develops, maintains, and produces a range of equipment, including aircraft, combat vehicles, naval vessels, and associated components (2019 est.)
    Military deployments field listing
    540 Latvia (NATO); up to 200 Ukraine; up to 850 Middle East (multiple missions, including support to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and NATO assistance mission Iraq; reduced considerably in 2020 because of COVID 19) (2020)
    Military service age and obligation field listing
    17 years of age for voluntary male and female military service (with parental consent); 16 years of age for Reserve and Military College applicants; Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status required; maximum 34 years of age; service obligation 3-9 years (2012)
  • Terrorism :: Canada
  • Terrorist group(s) field listing
    Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS) (2019)
    note: details about the history, aims, leadership, organization, areas of operation, tactics, targets, weapons, size, and sources of support of the group(s) appear(s) in Appendix-T
  • Transnational Issues :: Canada
  • Disputes - international field listing

    managed maritime boundary disputes with the US at Dixon Entrance, Beaufort Sea, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Gulf of Maine, including the disputed Machias Seal Island and North Rock; Canada and the United States dispute how to divide the Beaufort Sea and the status of the Northwest Passage but continue to work cooperatively to survey the Arctic continental shelf; US works closely with Canada to intensify security measures for monitoring and controlling legal and illegal movement of people, transport, and commodities across the international border; sovereignty dispute with Denmark over Hans Island in the Kennedy Channel between Ellesmere Island and Greenland; commencing the collection of technical evidence for submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in support of claims for continental shelf beyond 200 nm from its declared baselines in the Arctic, as stipulated in Article 76, paragraph 8, of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

    Refugees and internally displaced persons field listing
    refugees (country of origin): 7,356 (Colombia), 6,640 (Nigeria), 6,563 (Haiti), 6,060 (China), 5,876 (Turkey), 5,498 (Pakistan) (2018); 6,751 (Venezuela) (economic and political crisis; includes Venezuelans who have claimed asylum, are recognized as refugees, or have received alternative legal stay) (2019)
    stateless persons: 3,790 (2019)
    Illicit drugs field listing
    illicit producer of cannabis for the domestic drug market and export to US; use of hydroponics technology permits growers to plant large quantities of high-quality marijuana indoors; increasing ecstasy production, some of which is destined for the US; vulnerable to narcotics money laundering because of its mature financial services sector