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2003E DI T I O N

\u00a9 Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, 2003
Cat. no.: Ci-87/2003E
ISBN 0-662-29645-1

\u00c9galement disponible en fran\u00e7ais sous le titre Bienvenue au Canada : Ce que vous devriez savoir.
O Canada

O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command
With glowing hearts we see thee rise
The true North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Canada\u2019s National Anthem
Please Note

This pamphlet contains information that was current at the time of publication. It features information from many sources and should not be confused with official statements of policy or programming. The Government of Canada is not responsible for information that changes between printings.

Welcome to Canada!
ongratulations! You have taken a big step. Moving to a new country
takes courage. It also creates exciting opportunities and new beginnings.

Taking the time to learn what to expect\u2014and what is expected of you\u2014will
help you succeed. This guide tells you a little about what it\u2019s like to live in Canada. It
also lets you know who can help if you need more information. We hope it will help
you adapt to your new life. Be assured that those who already live in Canada add their
wishes for your happiness and success in your new country.

Your first year in Canada will be emotional and full of change. You may be looking for a
place to live, a job, and schools for your children. You will probably make many new
friends. Some of them will know how it feels to move to a new community or new


Regardless of your situation, being a newcomer may mean giving up some familiar
things for a new way of life. As a result, you may feel anxious or afraid, especially during
the first few days and weeks. Almost all newcomers experience these emotions as they
settle in. Feeling at home in a new country takes time.

The best way to adjust to your new community is to become involved! Do not hesitate
to speak English or French, even if you make mistakes. Understanding and speaking one
of Canada\u2019s official languages will help you adapt more easily. As you talk with the
people you meet, you will feel more in control of your new life. Use each day as an
opportunity to learn. Ask questions whenever you need to. Most people are pleased to
help. Canadians believe in the spirit of community. No matter which city or town you
choose to live in, you will find people who can help you adapt to your new life and fit
into Canadian society.

In the weeks, months and years ahead, you will have many opportunities to participate fully in Canadian life. Take them. You and your family can grow together, side by side with other Canadians, and make a better life for everyone. This is your new home. Welcome to Canada!

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