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Canada is the world's second-largest country 9 970 610 km2, the largest is the Russian Federation. There are around two million lakes in Canada, covering about 7.6% of the Canadian landmass. Canada is rich in natural resources. It contains 37 national parks, more than 1000 provincial parks, and nearly 50 territorial parks. Canada's 37 national parks include wood buffalo national park-, which occupies more land than either Taiwan or the Netherlands. For the seventh year in a row, Canada ranks first among 175 countries in the United Nation's quality of life survey. Due to some of these reasons Canada's population is growing. Canada's population is rising due to immigration, higher life expectancy rates, lower infant mortality rates, and a better health care system. These population indicators might hinder our economy at first but in the long run it helps our economy greatly.

Most countries and people consider Canada to be a generous, peaceful and compassionate nation, while they see Canadian's as honest, friendly and polite.

In the year 2000, Canada accepted between 200, 000 and 225, 000 immigrants. This is helping to expand our population and diversity. Immigration in Canada has been increasing significantly in the past few years. In 1996, 3.2 million Canadians were a part of a visible minority group; this makes up for a total of 11% of the population. Studies show that this will increase to 7 million by 2016, this will account for about 19% of our total population. These immigrants are adding a lot of diversity to Canada and are helping us in trying to achieve a more multicultural nation. A full 18% have another first language other than English or French such as Chinese, Italian, German, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Ukrainian, Arabic, Dutch, Tagalog, Greek, Vietnamese, Cree, Inuktitut, or other languages. Canada's approach...