People

People

People on Water Street in downtown St. John's.You will quickly feel at home in St. John's, where the people are known far and wide for their hospitality and warm, welcoming ways.

Most people living in St. John's are of English or Irish descent. Ninety-eight per cent of the population is English speaking. Increasingly however, St. John's is home to individuals of many different nationalities. As of the 2011 census there were over 5,880 immigrants living in the St. John's metro area, 27.5 per cent (or 1,615) of these immigrants arrived between 2006 and 2011.

Multiculturalism
St. John's is increasingly multicultural and a growing number of events celebrate that cultural diversity. Ethnic, religious, and volunteer groups often organize events within the community to celebrate multiculturalism. St. John's is a free spirited city, allowing individuals to express themselves openly with regards to religious beliefs, social activities and cultural imperatives.

The Government of Canada celebrates Multiculturalism Day (June 27). For more information on multiculturalism in Canada, visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. 

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has adopted a multiculturalism policy which encourages all residents to welcome newcomers.