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Canadian American

Canadian American
Américain d'origine canadienne
Total population

0.33% of the American population

Location of Canada
Regions with significant populations
American EnglishCanadian English
French (AcadianCanadianNew England)
Roman CatholicismProtestantismnon-religious
Related ethnic groups
Americans, American Canadian, Canadian, French American, French Canadian, British American, English Canadian, Brits, French

Canadian Americans are Americans who were born or grew up in Canada and later moved to the United States, or a person who was born in the United States of Canadian ancestry. The term is particularly apt when applied or self-applied to people with strong ties to Canada, such as those who have lived a significant portion of their lives, or were educated, in Canada, and then relocated to the United States. To others, especially for those living in New England or the Midwest, a Canadian-American is one whose ancestors came from Canada.[1]

The term Canadian refers to some as nationality, and to others as ethnicity. English-speaking Canadian immigrants easily integrate and assimilate into American culture and society as a result of the cultural similarities and in the vocabulary and accent in spoken English.[2] French-speaking Canadians, because of language, culture, and religion, tend to take longer to assimilate.[3] However, by the 3rd generation, the assimilation is complete, and the Canadian identity is more or less folklore..[4] This took place, even though half of the population of the province of Quebec emigrated to the US between 1840 and 1930.[5] Many New England cities formed Little Canadas, but many of these have gradually disappeared.

This cultural "invisibility" within the larger U.S. population is seen as creating stronger affinity amongst Canadians living in the U.S. than might otherwise exist.[6] According to U.S. Census estimates the number of Americans of Canadian ancestry was around 640,000 in 2000.[7] Some sources have cited the number to possibly be over 1,000,000.[8]

Canadians who travel to the U.S. to escape their colder winter are known as "Southern California, and Arizona).[9]

Americans of Canadian descent

Canadians who obtained American citizenship

American cities founded by or named after Canadians

Canadian American Day

The Connecticut State Senate in unanimously passed a bill in 2009, making June 24 Canadian American Day in the state of Connecticut. The bill allows state officials to hold ceremonies at the capitol and other places each year to honor Americans of Canadian ancestry. [45]

Aboriginal Canadian Americans

As a consequence of Article 3 of Jay Treaty of 1794, official First Nations status, or in the US Native American status, also confers the right to live and work on either side of the border.[46] But many of Canada's First Nations people identify with Canadians more so than Americans.[47]


There are some institutions in the United States that focus on Canadian-American studies such as the Canadian-American Center at the University of Maine,[48] the Center for Canadian American studies at Western Washington University,[49] and the SUNY University at Buffalo Canadian-American Studies Committee[50]

See also


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