Every year thousands of people come to Canada to start a new life. They come with many different skills and with the hope of contributing to their new society. Your interest in reading about Cambodia may arise from being involved in the HOST Program, which provides assistance to newcomers. This website will introduce you to Cambodia and help you understand its culture.

There are about 25,000 Cambodians in Canada today. Although the 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 Cambodia.

Although its borders have changed over the centuries, Cambodia is an ancient country. Its people look back on a rich heritage. They are proud of their language, culture and customs. Since the 1970s Cambodians have experienced war, devastation, death, starvation and displacement. Although the situation has improved, remnants of that difficult time remain. Most Cambodians still do not have access to clean water and electricity.
 Did you know?
The Mekong River is the tenth longest river in the world. It flows through China, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Thailand and Vietnam as well as Cambodia.

You will find that Cambodians share important interests with people in Canada. They will want to know the same things you would if you moved to a new place. What is my new neighbourhood like? Where can I buy food for my family? Which school will my children attend? How do I get around in my new community? What is important is that you offer your time, concern and friendship. You have much to offer each other.