Canadian products have labels in both official languages: English and French. Food products should also have labels with ingredients and nutritional value..
Canada’s national anthem is “O Canada.” (The words are on page 232). It was adopted as Canada’s official national anthem in 1980.*
You must have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to work in Canada or to qualify for government benefits. For information on how to obtain a Social Insurance Number you can call I-800-O-CANADA (1-800-622-6232). You can also visit a Service Canada location for assistance.*
A political party must win over 50% of the seats in Canada’s Parliament to form a majority government. However, because Canada has more than two political parties, minority governments are possible. For a political party to form a minority government, it will need support from one or more other parties.
Canada has hosted the Olympic Games on three occasions—the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal; the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary; and the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.
Most people will become uncomfortable if you stand too close to them. Whenever possible, give people some “personal space,” for example, the distance of a handshake. In crowded situations such as on a bus or subway, this may not be possible.
There are many newspapers, radio stations, and television stations that focus on cultural groups in Canada. Many of the newspapers and radio stations can be accessed on the Internet. Learn more
Famous Canadians include Jim Carrey, Céline Dion, Shania Twain, Christopher Plummer,Wayne Gretzky, Justin Bieber, James Cameron, Michael J. Fox, and Mike Myers.To learn more about “famous Canadians,” you can link to a number of web sites. Learn more
Some 33,000 passengers bound for the United States on 9/11 were rerouted to Canada.This included about 6,600 passengers who were rerouted to Gander, Newfoundland. Gander has a population of around 10,000.
There were 280,681 new immigrants to Canada in 2010.The top five source countries were the Philippines, India, People’s Republic of China, the United Kingdom and the United States.