Every year, thousands of people from all over the world come to Canada to start a new life. They come with many different skills and with the hope of contributing to their new country. This cultural profile was written to help Canadians welcome immigrants from Barbados to Canada. The people of Barbados are known as Barbadians or, more commonly, as Bajans. This website will tell you something about the Bajan people and what life is like in their original home.

 In the past three decades, thousands of Bajans have come to Canada to work, to join their families or to attend colleges and universities. There are approximately 16,000 Bajan immigrants in Canada. Most have settled in Ontario, particularly in the Toronto area. Other Bajan settlement areas in Canada include Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton.

Many aspects of Canadian culture may seem strange to Bajan newcomers, but there are also many similarities between the two cultures. Bajans will have many of the same concerns that you would have if you were to move to another country. For instance, they will need information about employment, access to affordable housing, health care and education. You can answer their questions and help them settle into their new home.

 Although this cultural profile provides insight into some Bajan customs, it does not cover all facets of life. The customs described may not apply in equal measure to all newcomers from Barbados.

  Did you know?
Barbados was given its name by a group of Portuguese sailors who landed on the island on their way to Brazil in 1536. Here they found huge banyan trees with roots hanging like beards from the branches. They called the island "Los Barbados" meaning "the bearded ones."
  Summary Fact Sheet

Official Name Barbados
Capital Bridgetown
Type of Government Parliamentary Democracy
Population 274,500
Area 430 sq. km
Major Ethnic Groups African origin, English origin, East Asian 
Languages English, Bajan dialect
Religion Anglicanism, Roman Catholicism, Methodism, Pentecostalism
Unit of Currency Barbados dollar
National Flag Three equal vertical bands, the outer two blue and the centre gold with a black trident
Date of Independence November 30, 2021