Canada -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1
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.
HFH Canada (HFHC) was organized in 1985. HFHC was the first national Habitat organization outside the United States. It also hosted the first international Jimmy Carter Work Project in 1993.
HFHC has experienced significant affiliate growth. Currently, HFHC has 52 active affiliates. Each affiliate is managed by a local volunteer board of directors. The affiliate structure in Canada closely parallels Habitat for Humanity's model in the United States.
Location: North America
Climate: cold winters; temperate, cool summers
Economy: industry includes minerals, manufacturing, oil
Government: confederation with a parliamentary democracy
Religion: predominantly Christian
Literacy: 97 percent
Language: English and French