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June 23, 2010

Canadians are tolerant and welcoming

As Canada prepares to host the world’s leaders at the G8 and G20 Summits, a new survey commissioned by The Historica-Dominion Institute reveals the world’s perceptions of Canada and Canadians. The survey finds that the rest of the world finds Canada tolerant and welcoming, and confirms what most Canadians firmly held: their openness to immigration and their embrace of multiculturalism.

The online survey of over 18,000 people in 24 countries, shows that 53% of people, say they’d live in Canada if they had an opportunity to move. Interestingly, almost one-third (30%) of Americans would choose Canada. Most respondents (72%) believe that Canada is welcoming to immigrants, including 86% in China and 84% in India, while almost all Canadians think so. As well, eight in ten (79%) of respondents would describe Canada as being tolerant of people from different racial and cultural backgrounds. “Canadians have long considered ourselves a multicultural success story,” says Andrew Cohen, President of the Historica-Dominion Institute. “The world seems to agree.”

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