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Multiculturalism in Canada

Canada is a classic country of immigration. By 2020, Canada aims to welcome between 310,000 and 360,000 Around 250,000 immigrants come to Canada every year, enriching the multicultural character of its society. It could be said that the world is at home in Canada because the second largest country on earth is meanwhile home to 200 different ethnocultural groups.

As early as the beginning of the seventies, Canada recognized the great potential of its multicultural society, which was to develop into an even more culturally diverse community over the subsequent decades. With the aim of promoting and maintaining Canadian diversity, in 1971 Canada became the first country in the world to declare its commitment to an official multicultural policy. Canada thus played a pioneering role in the area of diversity management and became a model for other countries with similar social conditions. Apart from official bilingualism, multiculturalism became a characteristic of Canadian identity. In 1988, the Canadian government passed the Multiculturalism Act (Bill C-93), which guarantees that every Canadian citizen, irrespective of his or her origins, is granted the same opportunities to participate fully in the social life of the country. Moreover, the cultural diversity is reflected in all areas of Canadian society, such as education, the media, art and culture, as well as industry and commerce.

Excerpt from the text of the same name which can be read in the Marshall McLuhan Salon.


Multicultural capital...

... is Toronto, with almost half of its inhabitants born outside Canada.


Find out more...

… about Canadian multiculturalism and the multicultural aspects of the art and culture of the country.

The Marshall McLuhan Salon offers you a wide variety of film material on Canadian society and politics as well as on Canada's art and cultural scene.