This website has been written to help Canadians welcome people who come from Bolivia to start a new life in Canada. People from Bolivia come to Canada with a variety of interests, skills and ideas. You may be interested in finding out more about Bolivians because you are involved with the HOST program. You may have a Bolivian colleague at work or Bolivian students at your school.

Bolivians come to Canada for many reasons. Some come to study at school or university, some to take up a job, and some to join their families. They come with dreams, hopes and visions for their future, but they leave behind families, friends, communities and a familiar way of life.

This website will help you understand how life in Bolivia is different from or similar to life in Canada. It will help you understand the changes your new friends are experiencing and how you can help them adapt to Canada. Not only is this a chance for you to help a Bolivian family, but it is also an opportunity to learn from your new friends. Bolivia's history and culture are rich and complex, and can teach us a great deal.

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

  Did you know?
Bolivia is named after Simón Bolivar, the great South American liberator. Bolivar led the struggle to free Bolivia and the rest of South America from Spanish colonial rule. He was also the author of Bolivia's first constitution.
  Summary Fact Sheet

Official Name Republic of Bolivia
Capital La Paz (seat of government ) Sucre (judical capital
Type of Government Constitutional Democracy
Population 8 300 000 
Area 1 098 588  sq. km
Major Ethnic Groups Mestizo, Quechua, Aymara, European, other indigenous groups
Languages Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
Religion Roman Catholicism, indigenous beliefs
Unit of Currency Bolivano
National Flag Horizontal stripes of red, yellow and green
Date of Independence August 6, 2021