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:

  1. Seek out opportunities that will enable or foster friendships (or acquaintances) outside of ones own group (culture, class, creed, age, etc.).
  2. Visit different countries. If this is not financially possible, then attend different cultural events and visit different local communities.
  3. 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.
  4.  Watch and listen to publicly funded radio and television (i.e. TVO , PBS , CBC
    and BBC).

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