Canadian Values

Canada places important emphasis on the equality of its people, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, skin colour, language, religion, political affiliations, sexual orientation, age, or disability. Discrimination against any individual based on any of the above factors is not only unacceptable, but directly opposes the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a part of the Canadian constitution. All persons have the right to be treated equally when seeking work, education, or other such opportunities.

Multiculturalism is an integral part of Canadian identity and heritage. In fact, Canada so deeply values its multicultural identity that, in 1985, the Canadian Multiculturalism Act was passed to preserve and enhance multiculturalism in Canada.

Canada prides itself on being a nation which is respectful, accepting and inclusive of all persons of different cultures, faiths, ethnicities, and languages. We celebrate the diversity which contributes to the richness, vibrancy, and uniqueness of our country, and we happily promote mutual tolerance and understanding. All members of Canadian society, yourself included, are invited to preserve and share their culture.

It is not unusual to encounter non-traditional family models in Canada. Single parents, unwed parents, divorced parents, blended families, and families with same-sex couples are all a part of Canadian society.

Though each household has its own traditions and practices, nowadays it is more common for both men and women to be a part of the workforce. Accordingly, men and women often both contribute to household chores, parenting, and the preparation of family meals.

Many women have entered into careers traditionally seen as “masculine” and into roles of management and authority. Conversely, some men have entered into roles and careers traditionally considered the domain of women, such as nursing, childcare, or becoming a stay-at-home parent.

In Canada, men and women are considered equals. Gender-based violence is not tolerated.