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Did you know that being a Canadian is more than just about proudly carrying a Canadian passport? It also involves embracing the values of this welcoming country, and fulfilling our citizenship responsibilities.

We know that the best way to learn about any culture is to take part in it, and you have been doing exactly this while living in Canada as Permanent Residents. You have also continuously learned about Canadian history.

In your opinion, what values reflect the Canadian lifestyle and core beliefs?

Here is what we think are some of the values that reflect the Canada´s way of life and core beliefs.

1. Multiculturalism. The rich tapestry of human life living in Canada and the desire amongst all of us to express our own identity makes this country a very rich one. Thanks to this diversity, we are familiar with different religions, festivities, practices, and points of view. We often hear English, French, Mandarin, Hindi, Portuguese and many other languages around us. We all try to understand and appreciate the cultures, customs and traditions of all Canadians, whether they were born in Canada or came here from another country.

2. Order, peace, and good government. Canada has long been recognized for its peacekeeping role around the world. Canadians are perceived as polite people around the world. We are sure you have heard someone saying ‘I’m sorry’ or ‘Excuse me’ even when other people have bumped into them! As Canadians, we obey the laws, we promote due process and equal treatment for all Canadians under the law. We express our opinion when we vote at the polls, and we ensure that our elected government remains accountable to Canadians.

3. Helping each other. Did you attend high school in Canada? If so, then you most likely completed a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities. If you did, I am sure you acquired many new and useful skills, and you made new friends and meaningful connections. For those of us who did not, we can and should be active in our community. Community involvement can take many forms: volunteering in a food bank, serving on a neighborhood association, helping others to integrate, supporting causes that matter to us, etc.

Are you already living some of these values and core beliefs? If you are, that is great, keep it up! If you are not, it is never to late.You can always find time and ways to live and breathe Canadian values and core beliefs. I am sure you will have fun, learn new skills and make everyone’s life better!

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