Canada

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Quick facts

  • 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)
  • Literacy: 99%
  • Language: English and French 58.8% English, 21.6% French, 19.6% other (2006 census)

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 and 90 percent live within 160 km of the U.S. border.

Habitat for Humanity Canada was organized in 1985 with its first Habitat home built in Winkler, Manitoba. In 1987 the first Habitat Canadian affiliate was started in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Habitat Canada was the first national Habitat organization outside the United States. In 1991, the first ever ReStore was launched in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It also hosted the first international Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in 1993 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Waterloo, Ontario.

Habitat for Humanity Canada has 56 active Habitat affiliates across Canada; in each of the 10 provinces and all three territories. Each affiliate is managed by a local board of directors. Approximately 45 percent of Habitat Canada affiliates are totally volunteer run.

In 2015, Habitat affiliates in Canada built 228 homes alongside Habitat homeowners and volunteers, helping them achieve strength, stability and independence. Globally, Habitat for Humanity Canada served more than 9,500 people around the world in 2015, through new homes, repairs, critical infrastructure, as well as skills training in employment and home maintenance.

For more information, visit http://habitat.ca.

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