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 website, you may be interested in finding out more about Singaporeans, where they come from and what it is like in their home country. Perhaps you are hosting a Singaporean family as part of the HOST Program, learning about Singaporean newcomers in school or working with Singaporeans who have settled in Canada recently. Whatever the reason for your interest, you will probably find this booklet helpful. It will introduce you to Singapore and give you some information about its culture.

Singaporeans of most ethnic groups and religions will find similar groups in Canada. This can help make their transition a little smoother. However, it is important to remember that any move to a new country and culture can be difficult.

All immigrants leave behind family and friends. You can help them adjust to Canada and can answer many of their practical questions about schools, hospitals, or shopping. You will probably find that you have some things in common with your Singaporean friends and have a lot to learn from them.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 Singapore.

 Did you know?
Mynah birds, with their yellow beaks and black and white wings, are as common in Singapore as sparrows and pigeons are in Canada.

 Did you know?
Many beautiful orchids grow in Singapore. The Vanda Miss Joaquim, an indigenous hybrid, was first discovered in the Singapore garden of Miss Agnes Joaquim and was chosen in 1981 as the national flower of Singapore.