Every year thousands of people come from other countries to Canada to start a new life. If you are reading this booklet, you must be interested in finding out more about Ghana and Ghanaians.

Perhaps you are hosting a Ghanaian family as part of the HOST Program, learning about newcomers in school or working with Ghanaians who have settled in Canada recently. This information will help you understand what changes they are experiencing.

As you can imagine, Canada will seem quite different to Ghanaians. Perhaps you can help them with the practical information they will need in the beginning. Imagine what you would need to know if you moved to a new place. You would need to learn new customs, how to get from place to place, what school to attend, where to shop for food, where to find a doctor and where to find new friends. Ghanaians, like many newcomers to Canada, arrive with mixed feelings. They have left behind their home, friends and family. You will probably find that you have a lot in common with your new Ghanaian friends and you will have a lot to learn from them too.

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