Habitat for Humanity Canada
The first Habitat homeowner family in Medicine Hat, Alberta: Ximena Tejada is pictured with her children Yendri, 17, Esteban, 9, Jonathan, 12, and the family dog, Max.
Canada is an ethnically diverse country with two official languages, English and French. Canada is politically divided into 10 provinces and three territories and is a country of great reserves of natural resources such as timber, petroleum, natural gas, metallic minerals and fish. Due to Canada’s northern climate, the majority of Canadians live along the southern border. 90% live within 160 km of the U.S. border.
HFH Canada (HFHC) was organized in 1985 with its first Habitat home built in Winkler, Manitoba. In 1987 the first HFH Canadian affiliate was started in Winnipeg, Manitoba. HFHC was the first national Habitat organization outside the United States. It also hosted the first international Jimmy Carter Work Project in 1993 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Waterloo, Ontario. In 1991, the first ever ReStore was launched in Winnipeg, Manitoba. By January 2012, Habitat for Humanity Canada will have built over 2000 homes from coast to coast since 1985.
In 2011, Habitat for Humanity Canada built 200 homes in Canada and 110 homes in 31 countries through Global Village trips.
HFHC has experienced significant affiliate growth. Currently, HFHC has 72 active affiliates across Canada; in each of the ten provinces and two of the territories: Yukon and Nunavut. Each affiliate is managed by a local board of directors. Approximately 45% of HFHC affiliates are totally volunteer run. The affiliate structure in Canada closely parallels Habitat for Humanity’s model in the United States.
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Location: North America
Climate: Cold winters with temperatures under zero for 4 months; summer temperatures can get as high as 35C in July and August with high humidity
Population: 28,820,671 34,030,589 (July 2011 est.); 81% urban, 19% rural
Economy: industry includes minerals, manufacturing, oil and natural gas, services
Government: Confederation with a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy; Head of State: Queen Elizabeth II, represented by Governor General David Johnston; Head of Government: Prime Minister
Religion: predominantly Christian: Roman Catholic 42.6%, Protestant 23.3%, other Christian 2.2%, Muslim 1.9%, other and unspecified 11.8%, none 16% (2001 census)
Language: English and French 58.8% English, 21.6% French, 19.6% other (2006 census)