Canadians are proud of Canada and its reputation around the world. Canadians value equality, respect, safety, peace, nature - and we love our hockey!

Equality

In law, women and men are equal in Canada. Canada was one of the first countries in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Canadian law protects the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a key piece of the Canadian legal system. Canadians see the Charter as an important part of Canadian values.

Respect for different cultures

Indigenous peoples were the first to welcome newcomers to what we now call Canada. Today, many Canadians (about 1 in 5) were born in other parts of the world. Many more have parents and grandparents who were not born in Canada. People bring their cultures and traditions to Canada with them. Together we hope to build communities that celebrate our differences as well as what we have in common.

Safety and peace

Canada is a safe country with very low crime rates. Canadians are proud of Canada's many roles with the United Nations, international aid agencies and with international peacekeeping missions around the world. 

Nature

Canada is the second largest country in the world. Many of the world's greatest natural wonders are in Canada (the Great Lakes, Niagara Falls, the Bay of Fundy, the Rocky Mountains, and the Arctic in the far north). Respect for the environment is an important part of what Canadians value.

Being polite

Canadians are polite. We wait in lines. We say sorry if you bump in to us. We hold doors open for you. We like that we are polite.

Hockey

Hockey may not be the official sport of Canada but it is the sport that most Canadians feel most passionate about. Hockey is played on backyard ice rinks, in local community centres and in stadiums that seat thousands. Hockey is played by any and all genders from the ages of 3-4 to seniors. Hockey is an important part of local communities.

To learn more, visit Refugees, Immigration and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and/or click here to read or listen to Discover Canada

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