Working for a company in the Detroit area means we are neighbors with Canada. We can look across the Detroit River and see Windsor (it is actually south Detroit - if you know the song, which is weird).
I remember as a little girl going across the bridge or through the tunnel and being able to spend my money on candy and get way more for my buck due to the exchange rate. Going to Canada is a big part of our culture because it is so accessible. We actually drive through Canada to get to New York. Every year we share our Independence Day with Windsor and have an awesome spectacle of fire works!
We love Canada. It is a geographically vast and ethnically diverse country. Canadian culture has also been greatly influenced by immigration from all over the world. The Vancouver Olympics are certainly a great way to see how welcoming they are.
Canada's two official languages are English and French. Both have equal status in federal courts, Parliament, and in all federal institutions.
According to Wikipedia: English and French are the mother tongues of 59.7% and 23.2% of the population respectively, and the languages most spoken at home by 68.3% and 22.3% of the population respectively. 98.5% of Canadians speak English or French (67.5% speak English only, 13.3% speak French only, and 17.7% speak both).
Although more than 85% of French-speaking Canadians live in Quebec (French is the official language there), there are substantial Francophone populations in Ontario, Alberta, and southern Manitoba. Ontario has the largest French-speaking population outside Quebec.
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