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Celebrating diversity in people

Despite being the second largest country in the world and also being the largest country in North America, Canada’s population is very low. It’s an ice-capped country towards the north and has sub-zero temperatures for a large period in a year. About 80% of its people live in the south along the US border and most are in the big cities.

Canada has 25 cities with populations of more than a 100,000 people in each city. Although these cities are some of the most developed and modern in the world, however they account for less than 1% of the entire Canadian landmass. With approximately 31 million people, Canada is the world’s 33rd most populous country.

Canada celebrates diversity of race, religion and ethnicity. For decades, many different communities from across the world have settled in Canada. As a multicultural society, Canada is noted to be one of the most diverse countries in the world known for respecting all cultures and peoples. Toronto is the main commercial hub of Canada, and has recently passed Chicago as North America’s 4th largest city.

The earliest inhabitants of this country are the aboriginal people who were spread across Canada. The Inuit are the inhabitants of the Northern provinces and are widely known for their ancient cultures, traditions and unique lifestyle suited for the snow-capped areas. According to the 2006 census carried out by the Canadian government, 3.8 per cent of its people are of aboriginal descent.

A vast majority of Canadians now are of European & British descent. Asians are also very prominent in mainstream Canadian life. After the initial period of French and English colonization, different waves of immigration settlement of non-aboriginal people have given birth to today’s Canadian identity and culture. Canada also has been strongly influenced by the United States in the linguistic, geographic and economic spheres.

Learn more about:

  • Multicultural society
  • Family life
  • Marriage and divorce
  • Bilingualism

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