General information on Canada

The work of SOS Children's Villages in Canada started in the 1960s with the founding of the "Friends of SOS Children's Villages Canada" by a group of volunteers. Although Canada is home to only one SOS Children's Village, the importance of it remains undisputed. Canada may be a wealthy and industrialised nation. However, numerous children continue to suffer parental neglect and tens of thousands grow up without their parents. At the moment there is one SOS Children's Village and one SOS Social Centre in Canada.

Some facts about Canada

Canada became a self-governing nation in 1867 while still retaining ties to the British crown. At present, the total population of Canada is roughly 34,000 million and its capital city is Ottawa.

As the country has one of the highest per capita immigration rates in the world, it has always been considered a melting pot of different cultures and customs.

After the English Canadians, French Canadians represent the second largest ethnic group in Canada, primarily inhabiting the province of Quebec. Separatist movements in francophone Canada remain an important domestic issue.

While Canada is the second largest country in the world by surface, it is very sparsely populated. Canada, along with Mexico and the United States of America, has signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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