Cross-Cultural Guide to Canada

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> Cultural Diversity

Canada is culturally diverse. This goes back to the 1890s when it began inviting people from all over the world to settle in the country to help it develop and grow. Canadian immigration policy was historically open, welcoming and egalitarian in its philosophy. This has also manifest into the psyche of the nation where people are encouraged and to retain their cultural identities, traditions, languages and customs.

> Individuals concerned with the group

Canadians are generally a tolerant, polite and extremely community-oriented people. Although they are individualistic in terms of their basic cultural traits, they nevertheless place a great deal of emphasis on the individual’s responsibility to the community. This is seen as giving balance and a good quality of life.

> Regionalism

Most Canadians have a strong allegiance to their province or region, sometimes more so than to the country. There are some broad differences between regions, which can generally be summed up as follows:

* Atlantic Provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland): The people are somewhat reserved and provincial, to the point that they are seen as old-fashioned.
* Ontario: This is the business hub and the people tend to be business-like and conservative.
* Western Canada (Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan): The people are open, friendly and relaxed.
* British Colombia: The people are less conventional. This province is often viewed as the Canada of the future.
* Quebec: The French region, has a distinct cultural identity. The people are extremely regionalistic/independent.
* North: The people have a strong pioneer spirit.

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