Canada celebrates 152 years

On July 1, Canada celebrates 152 years as a country, after the Dominion of Canada was created in 1867 with four provinces.

Canada, a country of only 37 million people spread over half of a continent, most of which is too barren and remote to support a large population has in just 152 years managed to build a society in which millions of people want to live.

Canada was ranked third best country in the world, behind Japan and Switzerland in a 2019 poll by U.S. News and World Report. It was in the second spot in 2016-2018.

The rankings take into account such measures as quality of life, economic strength, education systems, business transparency, gender equality, respect for human rights and cultural accessibility.

“Canadians pride themselves in encouraging all of their citizens to honor their own cultures. In 1971, Canada adopted a national policy of multiculturalism, which celebrates the country’s diversity,” said part of the report’s overview on Canada.

The United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) put Canada at #12 in 2018, with Norway, Switzerland and Australia ranking in the top three.

The HDI analyzes countries more intensively than the U.S. News and World Report.

Canada was in the #1 spot from 1992-1998, and since then Norway has stayed at the top of the ranking, with Iceland coming in first in 2005 and 2006.

While the country has fallen 12 spots since the 1990s, Canada is still in the HDI’s “very high human development” category, out of 195 countries.

The Great White North fell out of the top 10 ranking in 2013, even though by some estimates it ranked higher than previous years, other countries like Japan and Australia improved faster.


Blair McBride
Multimedia reporter
Send Blair an email
Like Lakes District News on Facebook

Just Posted

RCMP release sketch of Radley Beach assault suspect

The RCMP released on Oct. 22 a sketch of a man believed… Continue reading

Power outages affect almost 1,300 on Southside

Almost 1,300 BC Hydro customers on the Southside have been without power… Continue reading

Skeena-Bulkley Valley once again goes NDP

Smithers mayor Taylor Bachrach set to follow in Nathan Cullen’s footsteps

Trudeau has won the most seats — but not a majority. What happens next?

Trudeau will have to deal with some of the implications of Monday’s result

LIVE MAP: Results in Canada’s 2019 federal election

Polls are now closed across the country

Scheer says Canada more divided than ever, as NDP and Bloc hold cards close

While Liberals were shut out of two key prairie provinces, they took two-thirds of the seats in Ontario

Horvat’s hat trick lifts Canucks to 5-2 win over Red Wings

First career three-goal game for Vancouver captain

Saanich Gulf-Islands’s Elizabeth May coy about leadership plans

The federal Green party leader talks possibility of running as MP without being leader

Estheticians can’t be forced to wax male genitals, B.C. tribunal rules

Langley transgender woman Jessica Yaniv was ordered to pay three salon owners $2,000 each

Two youth arrested in UBC carjacking at gunpoint, after being spotted in stolen Kia

‘A great deal of credit is due the alert person who called us,’ said North Vancouver Sgt. Peter DeVries

People’s Party of Canada’s anti-immigration views ‘didn’t resonate’ with voters: prof

Party was formed on anti-immigration, climate denying views in 2018

Investor alert: ‘Split games’ pyramid scheme circulating in B.C.

British Columbia Securities Commission issues warning about scheme selling virtual shares

Federal NDP may support B.C. with major projects, Carole James says

SkyTrain Surrey extension, Massey Tunnel need Ottawa’s help

‘Issue-by-issue parliament’: Expert says Liberals need to placate NDP to be effective

Scandals, social issues, racism defined 2019 federal election, SFU prof says

Most Read