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Canada Highlights

A strong growth record

Canada led all G-7 countries in economic growth over the past decade (2003-2012).

Competitive business cost

Canada offers the lowest business startup and operating costs within the G7 countries.

Low tax rates

Canada's overall marginal effective tax rate is by far the lowest in the G-7: about 17 percentage points lower than that of the United States.

Geopolitical and financial stability

Canada is a favourable place to do business because of its English-speaking workforce, political stability, pro-business government policies, a transparent judicial system, and strong intellectual property protection. For the seven straight years, the World Economic Forum has declared Canada's banking system to be the soundest in the world.

Unparalleled market access

Since 2006, Canada has concluded free trade agreements with 38 countries. Additionally, CETA will give foreign investors in Canada assured preferential access to both NAFTA and the EU: a vibrant market with a combined GDP of US$35 trillion, or nearly one-half of the world's output of goods and services.

A highly educated workforce

Canada's workforce is the most highly educated among members of the OECD, with half of its working-age population having a tertiary level education.

A great place to invest, work, and live

Canada is one of the most multicultural countries with world-class universities, a universal health care system and clean and friendly cities in addition to having the second highest standard of living in the G-20, as measured by GDP per capita.