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 the hope of contributing to their new society.

If you are reading this booklet, you may be interested in finding out more about Germans, where they come from and what life is like in their original home. Perhaps you are hosting a German family as part of the HOST Program, learning about Germany in school or working with Germans who have recently settled in Canada. Whatever the reason, you will probably find this website helpful. It will introduce you to Germany and give you some information about its culture.

As you can imagine, Germans will find some aspects of life in Canada new and unfamiliar. Many German newcomers will have the same questions you would have if you moved to a new town or country. For instance, they will want to know practical information such as where to find work, what school to attend, where to shop for food, how to find a doctor and how to make new friends. Having a sense of German culture and customs will give you some insight into the lives of your new friends.

 Did you know?
Nearly half of all Germans are fluent in English, but only 3% of Germans speak French fluently.

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

 Did you know?
Most Germans take environmental issues seriously. Public recycling bins can be found in all towns and cities. This attitude is also reflected in the policies of the Green Party, a political party that stresses environmental issues.