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Multicultural Communities

  Cultural Differences Between Canada and United States

Canadian culture and American culture aren’t too different but aren’t too similar. The culture in the society seems to be different because like how people say United States is refered to as “ the great melting pot of society” where people of all nations join together to form “a more perfect nation”. Everybody expected to coply with the common community standards to make the nation strong. So any people from a nation that join Canada forget about their culture and join American culture. While Canada on the other hand has been compared to a mosaic, where people are invited to join the nation and still retain their cultural identities, complete with traditions, languages, and customs. Like for instance in British Colombia, a person may write their drivers license in English, French, Chinese, and Punjabi. And in Nunavut, the primary language of government will be Inuitituk with secondary services available in English as required.

Since a lot of people speak French and 20% of the population of Canada is French-Canadian, on most things not only English is written but so is French. This can affect the culture in society because in Canada there will be parts of all different cultures like the clothing, the food, while in United States since they encourage people to be more into the “American culture” there will be less of different types of cultures but more of one.

Although Canada may have more, both Canada and United States have diversity. In Canada some of the largest ethnic groups are British Isles origin 28%, French origin 23%, other European 15%, Amerindian 2%, other, mostly Asian, African, Arab 6%, mixed background 26%. In United States some of the largest ethnic groups are white 77.1%, black 12.9%, Asian 4.2%, Amerindian and Alaska native 1.5%, native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander 0.3%, other 4%. As you can see the two countries have fairly different ethnic groups. Major Religion Groups in Canada include Roman Catholic 46%, Protestant 36%, other 18% and in United States Protestant 56%, Roman Catholic 28%, Jewish 2%, other 4%, none 10%.

When it comes to language in Canada and The United States they both have English as one of there main languages. Here are Canada’s main languages English 59.3% (official), French 23.2% (official), other 17.5%. Here are United States main languages English, Spanish (spoken by a minority).