Culture Shock in Canada



Despite the cold weather, Canadians are very warm and welcoming to outsiders. But even if Canada is a multicultural country, it is quite common for a migrant to feel out of place in the first few months.

To ease the feeling of being homesick, expats in Canada should try to get to know the place and its people. Visitors and expats will be surprised to know that most people are very eager to help. There are also a number of immigrant-serving organisations that can help newly arrived expats and during the adjustment period.

Festivities and celebrations

Canada celebrates Thanksgiving every second Monday of October to give thanks for the abundance of the harvest season. Usually, families get together on this day for a bountiful meal.

When invited to a Canadian home, bring either a box of chocolates, flowers or a bottle of wine. In Quebec, sending gifts in advance for a dinner party is a practice.

Canadians are a hardworking and independent lot. They are also very private and do not discuss personal lives with business associates. Often, Canadian businessmen deal in a reserved manner. Canada has two official languages, namely French and English. When doing business in Quebec, business cards need to have a translation in French.


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