Customs & Traditions in Canada
Updated: Oct 22, 2021
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Canada is a multicultural country whose culture is formed from a variety of influences. Here are Canada's Traditions & Costumes...
Always say “please” when asking someone for help and "Thank you" after that.
It is often considered impolite to ask a direct question about someone’s salary, wealth, weight, or age.
Asking personal questions about one’s marriage or relationship can also be seen as an invasion of privacy.
Similarly, some people become very uncomfortable when asked about their political point of view or who they voted for.
Spitting in public is considered rude.
If there is a line for something, always queue and wait for your turn.
To call over a waiter or person of service, do not wave or yell. Instead, keep an eye out for them until they make eye contact, and then nod or raise your hand.
You can also gently say “excuse me” as they pass by.
Yelling, crying and anger in public are not appropriate behaviors in public.
It is very rude to speak with your mouth full of food.
If someone is using the ATM in front of you, divert your gaze away from them and stand away to give them privacy.
Canadians are quite patient and are therefore unlikely to appear pushy or frantic for a time in casual situations.
Canadian are very punctual people.
It is not appropriate to be late more than 10-15 minutes to an appointment without warning the person in advance.
Respect the multicultural nature of their country.
If you do something inappropriate, it can be good to apologize for them, Canadians are generally open to forgiving those who acknowledge their mistakes.
Do not point at people.
Do not confuse Canada with the US.
It is best not to initiate discussions about Quebec separatism, politics, sex, or religion because it can be considered distasteful and rude.
Until the middle of the 20th Century, most families in Canada were run by married couples but, by 2010, most of the couples choosing to cohabit rather than to marry.
The Canadian family has changed during the last thirty years so, there has been an increase in the number of single mothers due to the increase in divorce rates.