This website has been written to help Canadians welcome people who come from Mauritius to start a new life in Canada. You may be interested in finding out more about Mauritians because you are involved with the HOST program or because you have a Mauritian colleague at work or Mauritian students at your school.

Mauritians immigrate 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 all arrive with dreams, hopes and visions for their future, but they leave behind families, friends and communities. They also leave behind a familiar way of life.

This website will help you understand how life in Mauritius is both different from and similar to life in Canada. It will also give you some insight into the changes your new friends are experiencing and how you can help them adapt to life in Canada.

Immigrants from Mauritius may belong to one of several different ethnic groups. 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 this country.

   Summary Fact Sheet

Official Name Republic of Mauritius
Capital Port Louis
Type of Government Parliamentary Republic
Population 1.1 million
Area 2,040 sq. km
Major Ethnic Groups Indian or Pakistani descent, Creole, Chinese
Languages English, Creole, French, Urdu, Bhojpuri, Hindi, Hakka
Religions Hinduism, Christianity, Islam
Unit of Currency Mauritian rupee
National Flag Four horizontal stripes of red, blue, yellow and green
Date of Independence March 12, 2022

   Did you know?
Mark Twain, who visited the island in 1896, was so impressed by its beauty that he said, "God first made Mauritius and from it, he created Paradise." Mauritius has also been called "The Star of the Indian Ocean" and "The Island of Rainbows."

   Did you know?
Mauritius and its neighbouring islands, including Rodrigues and Réunion, were once known as the Mascarene Islands, after the Portuguese admiral Pedro Mascarenhas, one of the first Portuguese explorers of the area.