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Canadian Customs and Traditions

For those unfamiliar with Canada it is possible that some of the peculiarities of Canadian customs may be shocking or amusing. In any case, they will always be useful if you are planning a trip to Canada in the future, or you intend to adapt to their lifestyle.

Let’s give you some clues about how to behave in correctly in Canada:

  •  In all the big cities there are Latin American communities of bigger or smaller size and will help you to integrate. Social life in Canada is fairly informal without major class or gender distinctions.
  • Canadians are friendly people and welcome visitors of all cultures and backgrounds, are interested in the culture of others, and given Canada’s great migratory appeal, almost all ethnic groups are represented. Possibly who is ahead is he, or is son, or has foreign ascendants as well. Keep that in mind.
  • Get acquainted with the exquisite education and say “hello” and “thank you” to all people, including those who attend you in a trade or who charges you anywhere.
  • Canadians are very fond of being on time. If you are going to interview you previously agree your visit, and if you can arrive a few minutes earlier, the better. You do not like being late. Not a bit.
  • Remember that although in some places it may be possible to make the payment in US dollars, if you want to pay in cash, do it in Canadian dollars. If you travel from USA remember to convert the currency.
  • Tipping in restaurants is generally between 10 and 15% of the total amount of the account. The customs of food are different from that accustomed by Latinos, and with it the schedules of the restaurants; In Canada are closing earlier than in our countries.
  • At the restaurant to call the waiter he raises his hand. In many areas of the country it is fine – even a compliment to the cook – to take home what one did not finish eating in the restaurant.
  • The standard form of greeting is shaking hands with both men and women. Private personal space is greater than in Latin countries, and more distance is saved by standing in conversation or in shared spaces.
  • Do not smoke, and if you do, not without asking permission, and in many public places is prohibited. In Halifax to protect those who are sensitive or allergic to them, it is prohibited to use perfumes in public places.
  • Canadians do not value being confused with Americans. They are proud of being recognized as different, keep it in mind and do not inadvertently offend it.

The food is also multicultural and incorporates variants provided by immigrants. Canadians value healthy food. It is eaten three times a day: breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., lunch 1:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and dinner 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Interestingly remember that dinner is the main meal of the day.

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