by Shahinur Islam
The record of arrival of the Caribbean people in Canada is found as far back as 1796 when 556 arrived from Jamaica and landed in Nova Scotia, where they worked for the construction of Halifax’s famous Citadel Hill Fort.
Jamaicans make up the largest group of immigrants from the Caribbean, most living in the Greater Toronto Area. Other countries of the Caribbean include Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Antigua, Grenada.
In Ottawa, they celebrate their cultural legacy outdoor in summer through dance, music, traditional foods, and clothes. This year in June the event was held at Petrie island, Ottawa, Ontario.