Canadian Culture


  • Greetings are usually informal in social settings.
  • First names are normally used in initial introductions or shortly thereafter.
  • A handshake is the common greeting between strangers. Shaking with a firm hand and eye contact reflects confidence. Canadians may laugh lightly over handshakes to diffuse the formality.
  • French Canadians may also greet each other by lightly kissing both cheeks once, starting on the left.
  • Physical greetings depend on one’s sense of of another person’s comfort level. Hugs, back-slaps and nods may all be used to greet someone one knows well.

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