According to the official Citizenship and Immigration Canada
website (CIC), the federal government would like to gauge the
public's opinion about how many new permanent residents should
be allowed into the country in 2014.
They also want to know how these new immigrants should be
distributed across the
various immigration categories. The website refers to this
probing as a "consultation" and it is said to explore
various issues that are derived from three basic questions:
What is the appropriate level of immigration for Canada, this
year and beyond?
What is the best ratio – or mix – between the number
of economic immigrants, family class immigrants and the
Economic immigration is a key immigration goal for Canada's
long-term economic growth. What role can immigration play to
support Canada's economy?
Opinions vary quite a lot when it comes to the topic of
immigration. A quick search of the internet turns up a recent paper
from the Fraser Institute saying recent immigrants are a
"fiscal burden on Canadian taxpayers" to the tune of $20
billion per year and that immigration should stop entirely for
parents and grandparents. On the flip side, a Toronto Star article
argues that for immigrants to find true success and successfully
contribute, they must feel like they belong, which is only
accomplished when their entire families are here with them.
A Personal Issue
The topic of immigration is definitely a personal issue and the
opinions you'd expect aren't always the ones you actually
here. In July of 2013, famed environmentalist David Suzuki shared
his opinion with French newspaper L'express when he was asked
about Canadian immigration. He claimed that there was no more room
in Canada for immigrants and that all of the livable space is
"full." This is a far cry from what many would expect to
hear, but that is why the topic is so touchy and so personal.
According to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website,
since 2006 Canada has welcomed an average of 250,000 new immigrants
per year. In 2002, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
listed a few specific government objectives for immigration. These
Seeing that families were reunited
Developing a strong Canadian economy and sharing the benefits
of immigration across the different regions of the country
Fulfilling Canada's legal obligation internationally; to
provide assistance to refugees in need of resettlement.
At the same time, the government is dedicated to protecting the
health and security of all Canadians, whether they were born here
or not. There are many different issues to kick around when forming
an opinion, and many of them contradict one another while making
sense at the same time.
What Makes Sense?
Does it makes sense that only those people that can currently
contribute to the economy be allowed into the country? What about
those coming from war zones? What about those who can really
contribute, but who have a spouse or kids or parents who also want
Immigration is always a potentially volatile topic, and quite
often people base their opinions on what is going on in their own
lives, rather than what may or may not be best for the country.
The survey closed at the end of August 2013, and the results are
expected to be released in 2014. It will be interesting to see the
public's views on these important matters.
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