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1 in 5 (22%) of Canadians are foreign-born (StatCA). A deeper dive shows that 16% of new Canadians have arrived since 2011 and top foreign countries include India, China, and the Philippines.
This Thanksgiving, we want to celebrate with all Canadians by highlighting the diverse food that fills their Thanksgiving table and encouraging families to enjoy a meal with meaning, thanks to Club House. To uncover twists on traditional Thanksgiving menus, we conducted an online survey of 1000 new Canadians (arrived in Canada less than 12 years ago) of Chinese (n=336), Indian (n=336), and Filipino (n=335) descent, completed between August 25 to Sept. 7, 2020.
1. Almost all new Canadians celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving1, nearly half of whom are blending traditional Canadian Thanksgiving dishes with dishes that represent their cultural heritage2. In addition, half of new Canadians are cooking turkey as their main course3.
2. The longer new Canadians have been in Canada, the more likely they are to celebrate Thanksgiving - and the longer here, the more likely they are to host their own celebration, rather than attending a celebration elsewhere1.
3. While almost half of new Canadians are celebrating Thanksgiving with a mix of typical Canadian Thanksgiving dishes and traditional dishes from their heritage1, a third are celebrating Thanksgiving entirely with traditional food from their heritage2. Finally, a fifth of new Canadians are cooking entirely typical Canadian Thanksgiving meals3.
4. Half of new Canadians incorporate turkey into their celebratory Thanksgiving meals1.
5. For new Canadians, tradition is a primary reason they cook beloved dishes for Thanksgiving, seconded by the taste and flavor of the dish1.
New Canadians are changing the typical Canadian Thanksgiving table, weaving their own cultural backgrounds into the tastes of the holiday. All Canadians will gather differently this year, but both newly arrived Canadians as well as those who have been here for generations, will find that traditional dishes – be they typically Canadian or not – remind us of who we are and how far we’ve come. Club House is integral to this holiday, providing flavors that both bring back and create memories.