Famous German-Canadian People.

Around the world, every country has celebrities, famous people that are known in the same country or in other ones, they get famous in lots of areas, like acting, singing, writing, creating music, art pieces, or even in other ambits like the politics, inventions or activism.

Canada and Germany have a lot of these people.

In the side of Germany, we can count singers and bands like Alphaville, Nena, Scorpions and Rammstein, actors like Michael Fassbender and Diane Kruger, writers like Hermann Hesse, Wilhelm Grimm, Arthur Schopenhauer, also Germany has scientists like Werner von Braun, Albert Einstein, Max Plank, and Werner Heisenberg.

Canada is known by the music and actors that were born in the maple leaf country, some Canadian bands and singers are Rush, Paul Anka, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Steppenwolf and The Guess Who, the Canadian actors are famous and recognized around the world like Katheryn Winnik, Ellen Page, Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds and one of the most beloved men in the world Keanu Reeves.

But a lot of Canadian people who write their names in the books of history has German immigrants’ parents.

Musicians

Lorelei Bachmann: 

Born in May 20, 1973 in Surrey, Lorelei is known by their musical compositions for a lot of movies and tv series like Follow your Berry own Beat and Edgemont.

She also writes books for children like Margo Madagascar and Quiet like me.

Randy Bachmann:

Born in September 27, 1943, in Winnipeg, Richard is known as the lead guitarist, songwriter and found member of rock bands in 1960’s -1970’s like The Guess Who and Bachmann-Turned Overdrive.

During the separation of The Guess Who, he became a radio personality.

He is the father of Lorelei Bachman.

Dedmau5

Joel Thomas Zimmerman born in January 5, 1981, in Niagara Falls, Joel (better known as Dedmau5) is known by his composition and contributions for the electronic music, he is the creator of the sub gender Progressive House.

He won four Best DJ’s Award out from eight dominations.

He also won five Beatport Music Awards out from six nominations.

James Ehnes

Born in January 27, 1943, in Manitoba, James is known as a violinist compositor, the youngest member of the Canadian Loyal Society.

Filmmakers

Frederick Back.

Born in April 8, 1924 in Saarbrucken, Germany (he was naturalized as Canadian) and Died in December 24, 2013 in Montreal.

Frederick was an animator, director and screenwriter, the most famous films that he directed and written were All Nothing, Crac! And the Man Who Planted Trees.

Elise Bauman.

Born in October 23, 1990, in Kitchener.

Elise is a director, she showran movies like Papercrane, Carmilla Movie, The Striker and Everything´s Gonna Pink.

Elise is also an actress, she appears in movies like Carmilla Movie, FOMO, and Blow their Mouth, and in series like The Handmaid’s Tale, Frankie Drake Mysteries and the Carmilla webserie.

Uwe Boll

A nationalized Canadian born in June 22, 1965, in Westphalia, West Germany.

Uwe is a former filmmaker, known for creating one of the worst movies in history, Alone in the Dark, after that movie he became a director of small budget and independent film creator, with films like Tunnel Rats, Heart of America, Assault of Wall Street and Darfur, these movies was well received by the critics and public.

Now he runs a restaurant in Vancouver.

Actors

Brendan Fraser

Brendan is a special case, his parents are a german-canadian marriage, he was born in December 3, 1968, in Indianapolis.

Brendan is known by appearing in late 1990s and early 2000s films, the most loved and remembered are Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Journey to the Center of Earth, George of the Jungle and The Mummy Trilogy.

He quit acting in movies, and became a TV actor in the middle 2010s, he appeared in series like Texas Rising and Doom Patrol.

Tricia Helfer

Born in April 11, 1974, in Donalda.

Tricia is known by her modeling career in the period of 1992-2002.

In 2000 she started her actress career, and in 2003 she debuts in Battlestar Galactica, she is better known by her performances in TV series like Two and a Half Men, CSI, Criminal Minds, Community, Key and Peele, Creepshow and Lucifer.

Intellectuals

Gary Deniss

Born in May 31, 1944, in Bracebridge.

He was a schoolteacher, and now he is one of the most important historians in Canada, he wrote and published 43 works related with the local history of the Canadian Shield.

Since 1991 he is dedicated to the leadership of the maintenance of veterans.

Charlotte Froese Fischer.

She was a Canadian naturalized, born from a german-ukranian marriage in September 21, 1929, in Pravdivka, Ukraine.

The Froese family moves to Germany in 1929, and they flee to Canada in the middle 1950s, so she starts her studies in Math at the University of Columbia in 1953, in 1956 she gets her degree in Mathematics and Computing of the Cambridge University.

She is the author of 300 research of computational atomic theory, these researches impact in the area of atomic-structure calculations, the early version of MCHF program.

Canada & Germany: Commercial Relations

Nowadays Canada and Germany are two of the most powerful economies in all the world.

These economies create strong commercial relations, that includes trade relations, investment, science and technologies.

Canada being the second economy in America (just behind the United States) and Germany is now the biggest economy in Europe.

In the European Union, Germany is the Canada’s largest exportations market, but in the global scale Germany is the sixth-largest trading partner of Canada.

Other reason is that Germany holds a strong influence with its European neighbors and is expected to retain her influence and remains an anchor of the European stability.

EXPANDING EACH OTHER

This market creates $23.8 billion in 2018 for the both sides, $4.8 billion was Canada’s exportations to Germany and $19 billion was Germany’s exportations to Canada.

These exportations are important parts of diverse industries of Germany and Canada. Those industries are agriculture, food, aerospace, automobile, communication technologies, informatics technologies, biological sciences, and advanced manufactory.

The principal exportations of Canada are mineral ores (like zinc, copper, uranium), machinery (extractions or factories), electric and electronic issues (circuits), fuels, oils, scientific and precision instruments.

The German-Canadian trade services generates $5 billion in 2018, most of these services are travel and tourism services.

Germany is the eighth-largest foreign investor in Canada, and fifth among in the rest of the countries of Europe, with a stock of direct investment valued at $17.1 billion at the end of 2017. 

CANADIAN DIRECT INVESTMENT ABROAD

Germany is one of the most important markets for the Canadian direct investment abroad (CDIA). 

Canadian firms held a stock of assets in Germany worth $12.3 billion at the end of 2017, making Germany the fourth-largest recipient of CDIA in Europe.

Beyond Trade and Investment, Canada and Germany enjoy a dynamic relationship in science, technology and innovation (STI).  

Since 1971 the two countries became signers of the bilateral S&T Agreement there have been more than 1,000 joint research projects across the whole scientific areas of research and investigation. 

These investigations projects bring together multiple concerned parts that creates benefits for the two countries

These Concerned Parts have a lot of designations for example: Governmental Areas, Institutes that have the objective of research, Universities, Non-profits and private sector entities.  A lot of German national research institutes (Max Planck, Helmholtz, Leibniz and Fraunhofer) have established research partnerships with Canadian institutions that address the commercialization of research and development (R&D).

Also, a lot of German universities (for example Hamburg University, Berlin Free University, Munich Technical University, Berlin Humboldt University and TU Berlin) have a very good relation with Canadian Universities (for example Toronto University, Columbia University, McGill University, York University, Queen’s University and Ottawa University).

REGULATION AND TRADE

Canada has a special commission to regulate all the trade missions and trade relations with all the countries, this commission’s name is the Trade Commission Service.

The principal focus of the Trade Commission Services is on assisting Canadian firms looking for market opportunities in Germany, facilitating networking which may lead to the establishment of strategic economic alliances

The Trade Commission Services team offers the full range of International Business Development programs in trade promotion, investment and science and technology. 

Germany is a natural (and in a lot of ways the best) choice for inclusion in the business plan of any Canadian firms interested in international partnerships and opportunities. 

It is one of the world’s leading exporters, it hosts the world’s largest trade fairs attracting businesses from all over the globe, it is a leading source of offshore investment, and it has a strong tradition of research and innovation.

Canada has signed a free trade agreement with the EU. The TCS in Germany can help Canadian companies to take advantage of the competitive edge offered by the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Germany is one of 28 gateways to the European Union (EU) – the world’s second-largest market.

A BENEFICIAL DEAL FOR BOTH COUNTRIES

Since September 2017, Canadian and German businesses and citizens have benefitted from the provisional entry into force of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), between Canada and the European Union.

The Trade Commission Services serve to all Canadian clients in all economic and industrial sectors. 

Based on their knowledge and experience of the market, the following sectors offer the greatest opportunities for Canadian companies:

  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture, Food and Beverages
  • Automotive Industry 
  • Cleantech 
  • Diverse Consumer Products
  • Information and Communications Technologies
  • Life and Biological Sciences 
  • Diverse Machinery & Equipment for a lot of Industries, including extraction and manufacture
  • Mining, Extraction and Refinery.

Services from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service are offered free of charge to Canadian companies and organizations.

Now the Trade Commission Services don’t cover all of Germany’s territory, but the Commission covers the most important German provinces, provinces that show market and commercial interests for both governments and companies from both countries.

These provinces are Bayern, Berlin, Westfalen and Hamburg.

Also, the Trade Commission Services haves offices in the most important and economic-strategic cities of these provinces, Dusseldorf in Westfalen, Munich/München in Bayern, Hamburg in Hamburg, and Berlin, the German capital.

Canada & Germany: Geography and Beauties.

When we compare two things, generally we think first of what they have in common. Then you might try to number or list the differences between them. When it comes to making a comparison between Germany & Canada, there is no doubt that the dutch and the Canadians have many things in common such as quality of living, a low crime rate, great health and education systems, and even trade and cooperation agreements that benefit not only both nations themselves, but also contribute to the environment and mankind’s well-being. Both of these nations are currently under the spotlight for their peace-keeping actions, their policies on people’s rights and also immigration reforms.

Though both of these nations share many traits which even make them destinations for those seeking a new life as well as for those seeking great touristic spots, Canada and Germany have many differences when it comes to their culture, geography, leisure and beauties. 

WHAT’S TO OFFER

Culturally both nations have much to offer. Germany due to its heritage and history. Canada on the other hand offers its rich customs and diversity brought by both the British and French colonizers, which then blended together with ancient customs from its indigenous people and Inuits.

Canada is a large country, the second largest in the world, covering 9.98 million square kilometers. Like its national motto states, “A Mari Usque Ad Mare” (Latin for From Sea to Sea”, Canada is blessed with and extension from the Atlantic to the Pacific as well as to the Arctic Ocean northward.

The landscape in Canada is rich and varied, made up of not only the beautiful tundra, but also including lakes, amazing mountain chains, glaciers, plains, swamps. 

It’s home to indigenous people who are believed to be the descendants of those who crossed the a natural land bridge that connected Asia and North America more 30,000 years ago. A viking settlement, which didn’t last long, was established by Lei Eriksson around A.D. 1000. However, European settlements and the development of the area didn’t begin until the 16th century with British and French colonization.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

Germany on the other hand is far smaller than Canada. It covers an area of 357,386 square kilometers and shares borders with, France, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east,  Denmark to the north,  Austria to the southeast, Switzerland to the south-southwest,  Belgium which lies to the west, and the Netherlands to the northwest. Not only its neighbors with many countries of similar size, but Germany also also has shores on he Baltic Sea in the northeast and the North Sea in its the northwest.

Tourists whose destination includes Canada have many places to visit which contain both natural beauty as well as interesting architecture.

If nature is your thing Niagara Falls is definitely for you. It’s is Canada’s most famous natural attraction, bringing in millions of visitors each year. You might also benefit from visiting the province of Alberta, where you’ll find Banff National Park. It showcases some of Canada’s most beautiful scenery which includes glaciers, clear lakes, and snow-capped peaks

If you are a great fan of architecture and cities are more your thing, Toronto’s CN Tower is a must see. There you can find the famous revolving 360 restaurant which will allow you to enjoy your meals while looking out over the city. Old Quebec is also a great destination for city lovers. It is included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of Canada’s most historic places. It is located in the lower part of Quebec and contains the city’s most historic buildings.

Still in Canada you might want to think about visiting Whistler ski resort; Ottawa’s Parliament Hill; St. John’s Signal Hill National Historic Site; Old Montreal; and Vancouver Island. 

If you go to Germany you will enjoy the both natural and architectural beauties as well. Though much solemn and grim than Canada’s Old Quebec or it’s Parks, you might enjoy Germany’s Black Forest with its dark, which is includes densely-wooded hills. This amazing natural sight stretches over 160 kilometer is great for hiking.  The black forest is one of the most visited upland regions in all of Europe.

As far as man-made beauties go, in Germany you might enjoy constructions as Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate which is one of Germany’s most iconic structures. It’s most famous for being restored due to severe damage suffered during WWII. This gate is also known for being part of the infamous Berlin wall and it originally was modeled on the Acropolis in Athens and built for King Frederick William II in 1791.

CULTURAL RICHNESS

If you are a fan of  Gothic architecture Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Mary is great destination for you. It is located on the banks of the Rhine River and is without question a masterpiece.

In Germany you might also want to see The Island of Rügen; Bamberg and the Bürgerstadt; Berlin’s Museum Island, King’s Lake; Sanssouci Park and Palace; The Flower Island of Lake Constance; and The Berlin Wall memorial.

As a whole, both countries are a great destination for both tourists and immigrants alike. We are sure they will not be disappointing and the people visiting them will be glad they did so, the world is too wide and too beautiful to make comparisons, so why not visiting both of these beautiful countries.

Germany & Canada living: A Comparison

When you begin comparing countries in North America, it’s clear that The United States has lost the number one position to Canada. Not only is Canada richer when it comes to culture and natural beauties, but in most recent decades it has developed far greater than its English speaking neighbor to the south.

During the Obama administration for example, the American health care system was targeted by global criticism and to this day It is well known that becoming sick in the States can bankrupt an individual, if he doesn’t end suffering further from lack of treatment.

Canada on the other hand is well-know for its great system to care for it’s citizens’ health. A system that can be compared to those of much richer European Nations. This lack of consideration for the needy taxpayer in need of medical assistance, gave way to such jokes from Canadians as “When an American makes a joke about Canada, I go to the hospital and get my feelings checked, for free!”

All jokes aside, there is no doubt that currently Canada is the best country in north America to live.

NOT SO DIFFERENT

In some ways it is very similar to Germany in Europe. Of all European nations Germany ranks up top as regards education, public health, as well as general citizen well-being. Though the cost of living and taxes may be high. A person living in Germany gets what they are due from the government. This is especially true if you compare it to other nations like Greece and Spain that almost went bankrupt around 2010.

One of the most peculiar things about both these countries is their thirst or consumption of porn, globally Canada boasts the fifth place on porn consumption, that puts it behind Japan, one of the largest consumers of porn, Germany has a not-so-shy place on this ranking only falling two positions behind Canada, sandwiching France, another great market of pornography.

Its population figures as one of the top porn consumers of the world, there are many popular categories for the german audience like lesbische videos, one that figures on ponhub’s top 10 searched terms.

So, Germany in Europe and Canada in North America. They are both ideal places to live in in their respective continents. But what happens if we compare each other?

According to studies conducted, when it comes to comparing the cost of living in both countries, Canada ranked, in general, as being 5% cheaper to live in than Germany. When it comes to comparing both of these nations considering their economy, Germany is by far the richer country. Canada exports add up to $462.90 billion, making it 12th in the world ranking. Germany on the other hand, ranks 3rd in exports, grossing about $1.46 trillion a year. Gross National income in Germany is higher as well; $1.92 trillion compare to Canada’s $684.00 billion.

Nonetheless, there are many things you must consider in comparison.

A BETTER WAY OF LIVING

When it comes to which of these two great nations is the richest Germany is on top, but knowing which country is richer doesn’t necessarily mean that the citizen will live well. You must consider how much money a person can earn and how much they’ll have to spend monthly.

So, who gets paid more, Germans or Canadians? After all the taxes, the average Canadian earns $2,773.50. That is 3% less than the average German who has a post tax salary of  $2,851.85.

However, when you see how much basic utilities cost in both countries, the average Canadian will pay almost 77% less than the Germans. Utilities like water, gas, garbage and electricity cost an average of $140 as in Germany these same utilities add up to about $250.

THINGS TO CONSIDER

What about housing? A three-bedroom apartment in Canada will set you back about $1,600 per month. In Germany the same apartment, with similar stats and in a neighborhood considered just as good will cost you about $100 dollars less. If you consider purchasing your home though, the price per square meter is 5% expensive in Germany. 

If you compare the price of transportation, though both countries have great public transportation services, a monthly pass will cost you about $80 in Canada and $87 in Germany. As for having your own means of transport, a VW Golf will cost you 27% more than in Canada. A taxi will cost you $3 dollars more in Germany than in Canada, making the latter cheaper when it comes hiring a car as well.

Your daily groceries, that may include items such as milk, bread, vegetables and meat, can cost up to 20% more in Canada than in Germany. About $75 will get you in Germany the same items which you would spend about $95 to buy in a Canadian grocery store. This includes wine, which is about half the price in Germany as compared to Canada.  When it comes to eating out, there isn’t much difference than few cents between both countries.

What about clothing costs. As far as garments go, Canada is clearly cheaper. Take a pair of Levi’s for example.  A pair of jeans can be bought in Canada for about $50. That is about half of the price you’ll have to spend for the same pair of jeans if you are in Germany.

What about work availability? When you think about immigration or general well-being as whole. We must consider how much of the population is below poverty line as well as what percentage is unemployed. About 9% of Canadians live below poverty line as compared to the much higher 15.5%  in Germany. Unemployment rate is greater in Canada though, 7.3% as compared to Germany’s 5.5%.

QUALITY OF LIFE

But money is not all that is important. Returning to health care, The cost of the Canadian Health care system is about 20% more expensive than in Germany. As for quality of both, Germany is ranked 10th in the world, six places in front of Canada which ranks 16th. 

These are just a few things to get your mind going on which country is better. With some of these stats you may be able to draw your own conclusion about both countries.

German immigration to Canada

There is no doubt whatsoever that nowadays Canada is in the world’s spotlight as being  one of the best countries to live. Currently, it is considered one of the wealthiest countries in the world and it is known for its quality of life. Especially regarding its healthcare, and welfare system.

Not only that, Canada’s exports gross up to $377 billion per year.

However, the desire to migrate to this great nation is nothing new. 

Early History

Take the German migration for instance. It began began more than 300 years ago and though early German settlements can be dated back to the 1600’s, with the French Colonization of the area, it wasn’t until after the British conquered the area o Nova Scotia it received it’s first mass settlements.

At first, most of the settlers in this territory were German soldiers ho had served in the British military. Once the land was dominated by the British rule, some of the thousands of German soldiers stayed behind. 

Soon the influence of these German settlers could be seen in the names of towns such as Waterloo, Lunenburg, just to make a few. 

Between 1765 and 1783, time of the revolution for the succession of the British Colonies, in the what is now the United States, once again soldiers came to the new world from Germanic lands in order to fight in the war. Once again, some of these soldiers decided to stay after the struggle. This is what is called the second great German migration. Some of the soldiers decided to move northwards and settle in the area which would later become known as Canada, more specifically in areas of Quebec and the southwest portion of what is today Montreal.

There were several groups trying to make Canada a home for themselves, many left behind poverty and a war struk home.

A group of Germans known as the Mennonites, a Christian religious group who had been severely persecuted by both the Tsarist regime in Russia as well as discriminated in the United States for their pacifist ways, also migrated to Canada. Around fifty thousand Mennonites were drawn Canadian lands in search of new home. Persecuted in many different areas, and fleeing from suffering, people such as the Mennonites caused them migrate to Canada.

Though relations between those of German descent, as well as with Germany itself, have generally been of great partnerships, during the first and the second great war, such relationship can be described as being at a low point.

Canada even joined in the struggle against Nazi rule during World War II, even claiming responsibility for the liberation of The Netherlands

Though during this time the relationship between theses nations wasn’t at its highest point, internally in Canada there were intellectual struggles between those who wanted to join the war effort against the Nazi regime and those who opposed Canada’s involvement; in events such as Canada’s refusal to supply air support to Britain to blockade Berlin.

The period around and after the second world war was also a time for people who had been persecuted to try and find a new land to settle. A number of German Jews who suffered through Nazi rule found in Canada a new home. 

In sum, the relationship between Germany and Canada wasn’t fully restored until 1975, with the establishment of the German Democratic Republic, time in which Canada also  reestablished diplomatic relation with Germany.

Modern Times

Today, Germany is Canada’s number one importer inside of the European union exporting machinery, Chemical and pharmaceutical products, transporting equipment, vehicles in general, among other products and services.

To this day, Canada is still a main target for migration of people who seek out better living and more opportunities, not only from Germany, since it’s today referred as one of the world’s wealthiest nations.

There is no doubt that this German presence in Canada has helped it become what it is today, nowadays German’s presence is so strong, far removed from tragedy and war, nowadays Germans do face another kind of struggles, violence and racists groups emerge in the old country.

Churches and schools built by German immigrants in Canada are still standing to this day. These immigrants also helped with the development of  farming as well as industry in Canada by bringing along such advances as German-style mills; all built by theses immigrants upon their arrival. Each mass German Migration to Canada brought along builders, educators, doctors, judges, among other professionals who sought out a better life in a new land. 

Traditions continue

Currently there are about over 3.3 million of people who call themselves German-canadians, which is the name given to those born in Canada but who are from German descent.  Another fun fact is that about 10% of Canadians in the country claim to have some German root. 

May Day (first of may), is celebrated in Canada by those of German descent. It is a celebration made by decorating tree poles and dancing around them to celebrate the German Unity.

German Canadians also celebrate Canada Day, contributing to the local culture. 

All of this German presence in Canada make for a continuous relationship of cooperation between both countries.