What are “Canadians” like?
Canadians are seen a polite, sometimes too polite. We often say “sorry” or “excuse me” even when other people bump into us. We are modern, welcoming, and open-minded.
We feel that our values are what make Canada an attractive and special place to live. Our values include freedom, respect for cultural differences and a commitment to social justice.
Canadians try to understand and respect customs and traditions of all Canadians, whether they were born in Canada or came from another country.
Canadians also believe in respecting the rights of others. Everyone has the right to speak their mind and express their ideas. According to Canadian law, the Government must treat everyone with equality, dignity and respect — all fundamental Canadian values.
Who is a “Canadian”?
A Canadian is a global citizen.
Canadians speak over 200 languages and make up over 200 ethnic groups. Currently, immigrants make up more than 20% of the Canadian population.
Canadians have a variety of religious affiliations. Statistics Canada has recognized nine core religious categories in Canada: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Traditional (Aboriginal) Spirituality, other religions and no religious affiliation.
Statistics Canada projects that, by 2031, approximately 28% of the Canadian population will be foreign-born. The number of people belonging to visible minority groups will double and make up the majority of the population in Toronto and Vancouver.
In 2017 the Canadian Government has set a target of 300,000 new Permanent Residents in Canada.