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Innovation and Economy

Canada does not only offer breathtaking landscapes and unspoiled nature, it is an innovative and modern country that is extremely successful economically. As one of the G8 countries, Canada is a leading industrial nation focusing on information and communication technology, aviation, biotechnology and automotive manufacturing. The growth of these industries is creating and securing a considerable number of jobs. In recent years Canada has experienced steady economic expansion above the OECD average. In 2006, unemployment was at its lowest level for 30 years at 6.4 percent. Other important industrial sectors are agriculture and the timber and food industries. As the world's second-largest country in terms of area, Canada has an abundance of natural resources. Almost half the country is covered with forest, equivalent to 10 percent of the global total. It also has large freshwater reserves as well as significant deposits of natural gas, oil, gold, coal, copper, iron ore, nickel, potassium carbonate, uranium and zinc.

Find out more about Canada's economy at the Marshall McLuhan Salon.

Did you know...

… that in the north of Canada diamonds of the highest quality are mined or that on account of its oil reserves of 24 billion tonnes Canada is ranked second in the world?

The Marshall McLuhan Salon offers detailed information on Canada’s booming economy and Canadian researchers' outstanding role in developing innovative technologies.