According to the 2011 Statistics Canada census findings “one out of 5 people in Canada’s population is foreign-born”. In addition, “more than 200 ethnic origins were reported “. Further, “Canada had a total of about 6,775,800 foreign-born individuals who arrived as immigrants”, which “represented 20.6% of the total population, compared with 19.8% in the 2006 Census”.
Canada’s population trends directly impact the ethnic and cultural composition of the Canadian workplace. With this, most Canadian workers often have co-workers (and also support customers) from cultures other than their own. So, to effectively engage and support their co-workers and customers, workers will now require a basic understanding of cultures (and values) other than their own.
Listed below are four easy tips that workers can use to foster global and cultural awareness:
- Seek out opportunities that will enable or foster friendships (or acquaintances) outside of ones own group (culture, class, creed, age, etc.).
- Visit different countries. If this is not financially possible, then attend different cultural events and visit different local communities.
- Consume more local and global news/information, from a variety of sources (i.e. books, political magazines, news shows, newspapers and e-news) and perspectives.
- Watch and listen to publicly funded radio and television (i.e. TVO , PBS , CBC
Other information related to this topic:
- Women in Canada – A Gender Based Statistical Report (Statistics Canada)
- Four ways to measure diversity and inclusion for maximum impact (Marjorie Derven)
- Five tips for managing a diverse workforce (Diversity in the Workplace)
- Top 3 ways to show employee recognition across a diverse workforce (Kimberly Abel )