Overview of Canadian Society

Tolerance, respect, and community orientation characterize Canadian society. Though people tend to be individualistic, contributing to the betterment of the community is a priority. The nation’s role in the United Nations’ peacemaking missions and contribution to foreign aid are proof that Canadians love community contribution. 

The country is heavily influenced by its proximity to America. This explains certain similarities in behaviour. Like Americans, Canadians tend to be informal,  value freedom of expression, and the entrepreneurial drive of Americans. However, contrary to Americans, Canadians are more inclined toward modesty and indirectness. 

Multiculturalism And Diversity 

Multiculturalism and diversity is also one of their core values. Historically, Canada has developed into  a strong nation by welcoming immigrants. It was the first country to have adopted multiculturalism as an official policy. The multiculturalism policy recognizes and promotes the understanding that multiculturalism reflects the cultural and racial diversity of Canadian society and acknowledges the freedom of all members of the Canadian society to safeguard, enhance, and share their cultural heritage. 

Egalitarianism 

Additionally, Canadians emphasize egalitarianism and mutual respect. They tend to favor underdogs and avoid making people feel inferior because of a lower socioeconomic position. Noticeable signs of wealth and luxury are rarely flaunted. Everyone deserves equal rights and opportunities regardless of their gender, age, race, and beliefs. It is considered a violation of a person’s human rights to ask about someone’s looks, beliefs, age, gender, and status in life. 

Punctuality And Order  

People are expected to line up and wait for their turn in any given situation. Be it to enter a restaurant, make a purchase or board a bus. Cutting a line, speaking out of turn, shouting, and talking loudly are frowned upon. Punctuality is also very important. Everyone is expected to come on time or at least 5 to 10 minutes earlier. Canadians consider it an insult to be made to wait. 

Anglophone And Francophone 

Since Canada was colonized by both the French and English, French and English are the official languages of the country. English and French speakers are referred to as Anglophones and Francophones. It is to be noted that anglophones are the majority in all provinces and territories except for Québec. A francophone is not necessarily a French-Canadian (descendant of the original French colonists) but rather the term relating to any french speaker who has more affinity with French-Canadian society than the mainstream Canadian society.