When people consider the nation of Canada, a lot of symbols come to mind: the maple leaf, winter sports, the Rocky Mountains, frosty temperatures – even a couple of famous names like Celine Dion, Sidney Crosby or Mike Meyers. But what actually define us as people? How has living in this nation formed who we are?
If you’re considering traveling to Canada to study English and attend college, chances are you’ll be with us for at least a few years. And you might find yourself pondering exactly what it is that makes Canadians so Canadian. Let’s take a look at a few things we’re known for around the world.
We are Diverse
In 1971, Canada was the first country in the world to adopt multiculturalism as an official policy. In doing so, Canada affirmed the value and dignity of all Canadian citizens regardless of their racial or ethnic origins, their language, or their religious affiliation. Multiculturalism defines us as a people in every way imaginable.
Students enrolled in ESL programs in Canada know that our country has two official languages – English and French. However, many may not be aware that our inherent diversity has led to a veritable explosion of languages across the country. It was recently reported that there are over 200 languages spoken in Canada in the home or as a mother tongue. Our streets are rich with restaurants featuring foods from every corner of the globe, our schools are filled with children from all cultures, and in most cities it’s easy to find a place of prayer regardless of your religious affiliation.
We’re Friendly and Peace Loving
In a nation that embraces so much diversity, it’s no wonder that we get along so well! Canada consistently ranks among the top 10 most peaceful countries in the world, with low levels of violent crime, enduring political stability, and a high level of UN peacekeeping involvement.
Students who travel from abroad to study English in Canada soon discover that Canadians are also world renowned for our friendly attitude. We’re sometimes poked-fun at in the media for being overly nice and polite, but what’s so bad about that? The truth is, as travelers we are welcomed with open arms all over the world, and are valued as partners in global business and trade.
We’re Highly Educated
In Canada, education is seen as the most desirable route to career success, personal growth and happiness. With affordable tuition rates and a wide variety of high quality universities to choose from, it’s no surprise that Canada is ranked the number one most educated country in the world! We are considered a world leader in language training and boast an unmatched literacy rate of 99 per cent.
We Love Sports
As a nation, we’ve not only hosted the Olympics three times, but have produced some of the world’s finest athletes. We have leagues in nearly every sport imaginable from youth leagues all the way up to professional leagues. And ok, we do have a special place in our hearts for hockey – it’s true.
If hockey’s not necessarily your preference, we’ve also got prominent sports figures in the UFC and the NBA.
Whether you’re taking part in athletic training or watching a game from the comfort of your own home, a love for sports is something we proudly share as Canadians.
What comes to mind when YOU think of Canada?