Canada has always sustained an ethnically and culturally diverse population. Canada absorbs more immigrants per capita than any other country. Although it is the second largest country in the world after Russia, an average of only three people inhabit each square kilometre. Known for its cold, sprawling northern frontier, Niagara Falls, and maple-leafed flag, Canada is a complex, multicultural nation with some important differences from its southern neighbour, the United States.
The nation sustains an affluent, high-tech industrial society with a market-oriented economic system and high standards of living.
Canada’s immigration programs have helped build a community of citizens respected throughout the world. Immigration stimulates Canada's growth, prosperity and cultural diversity. Canada benefits from the talents, experience and energy of immigrants, whether they are skilled workers, business people, refugees, relatives of Canadian citizens and residents, foreign students, temporary workers or others. All stimulate economic growth and enrich Canada's social and cultural life.
Immigration has helped to make Canada one of the world's richest countries, and the country is largely free of racial tension. To increase the skilled labor pool in Canada, the government has introduced legislation to make it easier for immigrants to enter Canada.