When looking at Canadian social customs, you must remember that Canada is a multi-cultural society, with no one culture regarded any more important or relevant than any others. Well, until you enter Quebec into the equation, where they want to be recognized as a unique society. Unique alright. They don’t get much more unique than Quebec, where the populace wants to separate from Canada, form their own country, yet keep the Canadian currency, and keep receiving federal transfer payments from the richer Provinces.
Defining social customs in Canada is a look at a diverse way of life, with social customs reflecting a core value of equality for all, including the disabled, elderly, infirm, women, men and children all being equal under the eyes of the law and of the land. These are the values that makes Canada such a popular choice for immigrants, as they become aware that as soon as they become citizens, they are no longer immigrants, but a part of the social fabric that makes Canada such a wonderful country to live in.
Canadian social customs have been mistakenly viewed as more of a first nation’s people’s culture, with the influx of immigrant’s customs, from every corner of this round world we live on adding to the mix. In most major cities, though, we have the Chinatown, Little Italy, Greek, Haitian, and many other parts of town that seem segregated, or grouped together to form their own neighborhoods. This is more for protectionism than culture, as the Canadian Immigration policies include “spreading the wealth”, meaning that not all Italian immigrants get to move to Toronto.
One major Canadian social custom that is in murky waters is that of our Northern Indigenous peoples. As the ice melts so very quickly from their homelands, of which the size shrinks annually, the animals that have fed them for generations are no longer calling the areas home. That is a big loss for a society that is based on living off of the land, and using all parts of the animals that they humanely slaughter for food, clothing and heating oils.
One social custom that pretty much defines the social fabric of the nation is lining up, whether for services, goods or anything else. If someone were to “jump the queue”, then they would have every person in line saying or doing something to put them in their place; everybody is equal, an nobody deserves anything more than the next person.
Only in Canada, you say? Pity.