Even though Canada has only 35 million people living there, far less when compared to its southern neighbor, its people share one of the largest cultural diversity in the world.
In Canada, there are over 200 distinct cultures. This is the reason why this nation’s synonym is “cultural mosaic”. It has a large mix of people from diverse backgrounds constantly bringing values to its culture. Canada has always strongly encouraged its people to hold closely to their traditions and culture. More than two-fifths of the country’s population comes from a different origin from British or French.
Through the Multiculturalism Act, the Canadian government aims to preserve and enhance multiculturalism through many official policies. Its government also strives to “promote the understanding and creativity that arise from the interaction between individuals and communities that belong to different origins.
The Bilingualism feature
Canada has two official languages: English and French.
Charter of Rights and Freedoms of Canada makes sure the protection of these languages. That is why, Canadian government is required by law to recognize and support the equality of both languages in its society. All kinds of services that Canada offers by the federal government are available in both languages. Also, every product sold in the country has English and French labeling and packaging.
Quebec is the only predominantly French-speaking province and New Brunswick is the only officially bilingual province in Canada. Montreal in Quebec, is also recognized as the world’s largest French-speaking metropolis outside France. Outside the borders of Quebec, most people speak English, with about 19 percent of all Canadians being fluently bilingual.
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