Canadian Culture and Values

Canadian Culture and Values

Learning objective: After reading this information sheet you must be able to identify and understand the values and culture of Canadians.


The Canadian Way of Life:


Family life and family law:

  • Canada finds that it takes two income to raise a family
  • Most mothers have job outside the home
  • Both parents share the work, shopping, cooking, cleaning the house and looking after the children.
  • Because of divorce there are many one-parent families in Canada
  • Most single parents are women
  • There are also same-sex couples with children


Marriage, Divorce and the Law:

  • Canadian law views marriage as a legal agreement between man and woman.
  • Unmarried heterosexual couples who lived together for a certain period of time have legal status as “common-law” couples they may call each week other “my partner.”



  • normally be approved by the courts if both people have agreed to end the marriage.
  • Approved if one partner has been harmed through cruelty, adultery or a similar injustice.


Birth Control and Family Planning

  • Many Canadians use birth control, it’s a matter of personal choice



  • is legal but is only available from a doctor.


Youth and their Parents:

Children – usually learn about Canadian quickly through:

  • schools
  • televisions
  • movies
  • music


Parents – find out about Canadian life differently

  • search for housing
  • work
  • they need to learn English/French


Youth and the Law

  • Canadian youth who commit a crime are held accountable for their actions
  • They are not dealt within the same way as adult offenders
  • The law for young offenders is called the “youth Justice Act.”


Sports: Popular sports:

  • Swimming
  • ice hockey
  • cross-county
  • alpine skiing
  • baseball
  • tennis
  • basketball
  • golf
  • lacrosse


National Sports: Lacrosse and Ice Hockey


Holidays to Remember:

Holidays to Remember:

  1. Boxing Day – December 26
  2. Victoria Day – Monday before May 25 (Queen’s birthday)
  • Victoria Day
  1. Canada Day – July 1
  2. Labour Day – 1st Monday in September
  3. Thanksgiving Day – 2nd Monday on October
  4. Remembrance Day – November 11
  • commemoration of Canada’s fallen soldiers.



  • Canada is populated by people who have come from every part of the world.
  • Government encourages Canadians to take pride in their languages, religion and heritage and to keep their customs and traditions as long as they don’t break any laws.


Protecting the Environment:

  • Canada has a beautiful natural environment
  • Lots of land and a small population
  • Most of the country is wild and unspoiled


Canadians are encouraged to do the following:

  • Throw waste paper and other garbage in public garbage cans.
  • Compost, recycle and re-use products as possible, such as paper, glass and cans.
  • Walk, use bicycles or public transit whenever possible.
  • Use product that are environmentally friendly.
  • Never pour paint, oil or other harmful chemicals down sinks or toilet.
  • Educate yourself and your children about environmental issues.


International Public Opinion about Canada:

  • Canada was the # 1 choice of people in the U.S and France as the country they would like to live in after their own.
  • “The quality of life make it the best country to live.”


Canadians – express contentment with their country and with their quality of life


  • personal freedom
  • health care
  • environment
  • peaceful nature of the country are considered key ingredient in their quality of life.


Top 10 Reasons to Come to Canada…


  1. Canada Rated the BEST Place to Live!
  • Every year since 1994, the United Nations has rated Canada as the best country in the world to live in.
  1. Prosperity in Canada
  • The economy is BOOMING! A fast growing, modern, industrialized nation, Canada offers unlimited potential and opportunity, with the highest standard of living. Canada is one of the richest countries and is getting better.
  1. The Good Life
  • Canadians enjoy one of the highest qualities of life in the world. The clean environment makes for clean living. People are healthy and life expectancy is high.
  1. Growing Job Market
  • Canada’s unemployment rate is low, with hundreds of thousands of new jobs created each year. Canadians earn high personal incomes annually, and the cost of living is low.
  1. Low Tax and Inflation
  • Constantly decreasing taxes and a low inflation rate make for a resilient economy, and Canadians get to keep more of their personal income each year.
  1. Top Quality Education
  • Offering free primary and secondary school and subsidized post-secondary studies, Canada spends more on education than any industrialized nation. Canadian universities and colleges have a strong international reputation.
  1. Health and Welfare
  • Canadians have access to social assistance programs, affordable housing, FREE HEALTH CARE, and a strong government that helps its people.
  1. Safe and Secure
  • Community policing, strict gun control laws, and a fair justice system make Canada safe and secure for everyone. Crime rates are among the lowest in the world and continue to decline.
  1. Multiculturalism
  • Canada encourages immigrants to retain their unique culture. Nowhere else can such a diversity of cultures exist together in a tolerant, peaceful society.
  1. Business and Industry
  • Canada is a land of great opportunity. Unlimited opportunities exist in the natural resources, manufacturing, construction, import/export, commerce, high-tech, health care, and service industries.


Block Parent

  • is a responsible adult who volunteers his home as a refuge for children in distress. They are screened by the police and is given a Red and White sign of an adult holding a child by the hand and is displayed in the window of their home.


White Out

  • low visibility on the highway due to heavy snowfall.


Black Ice

  • sudden thawing of ice which makes the road slippery.

Client : Human Values

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Date : 15 Aug 2023

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