Every year, thousands of people from other countries come to Canada to begin a new life. They bring many talents and skills and the hope of contributing to their new society. Your interest in reading this cultural profile may be due to your involvement with the HOST Program, in which you have the opportunity to meet people from St. Vincent and the Grenadines and introduce them to life in Canada. You may have colleagues from St. Vincent at work, or Vincentian students at your school. This profile will help you understand something about St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the people who live there.

 Vincentians who come to Canada will have many of the same questions that you would have if you moved to a new city or country. They will wonder how to find a job, which schools their children should attend, where to find a doctor, where to shop and what their new community will be like. You can help your new friends settle in by answering their questions. You will also find that you can learn a great deal from them. 

Although this cultural profile provides insights into some customs, it does not cover all facets of life. The customs described may not apply in equal measure to all newcomers from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
  Summary Fact Sheet

Official Name St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Capital City Kingstown 
Type of Government Constitutional democracy
Population 388 sq. km
Area 78,000 sq. km.
Major Ethnic Groups African, mixed origin (African and Amerindian or African and European), European, East Indian, Carib
Languages English, Creole
Religion Christianity
Unit of Currency Eastern Caribbean dollar
National Flag Three vertical bands of blue, gold, and green; the middle gold band contains three green diamonds
Date of Independence October 27, 2021
  Did you know?
Ed Providence, a Vincentian who now lives in Canada, is an internationally known composer and conductor.


  Did you know?
The Caribs, who lived in St. Vincent before its colonization, called the island Yurumein, which means "the beauty of the rainbows in the valleys." Another Carib name for the island is Hairoun, meaning "land of the blessed."