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 society. Your interest in England may arise from your participation in the HOST Program, which provides assistance to newcomers. You may have English colleagues at work, or English students at your school. Whatever the reason for your interest, this website will introduce you to England and help you understand its culture.

English families were among the first to settle in the Atlantic Provinces, Ontario and the West. Canada's parliament is based on the British parliamentary system, and the Queen is Canada's head of state. She is represented in Canada by the Governor General. English immigrants have greatly contributed to Canada's development and culture through business, the arts and education. Recent arrivals include people with high-tech training and young people just beginning their careers.

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 England.

   Summary Fact Sheet

Official Name England
Capital London
Type of Government Parliamentary Democracy
Population 49.2 million
Area 130,439 sq. km
Major Ethnic Groups English, South Asian
Language English
Religions Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism
Unit of Currency Pound sterling
National Flag A dark blue background on which are superimposed two crosses in red bordered with white - a diagonal cross and a square cross.

   Did you know?
England is part of Great Britain, which includes Scotland and Wales. Great Britain and Northern Ireland together make up what is known as the United Kingdom.