Stats Canada: In 2011, 20.6% of the total population was foreign born

Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity in Canada

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  • In 2011, Canada had a foreign-born populationFootnote1 of about 6,775,800 people. They represented 20.6% of the total population, the highest proportion among the G8 countries.
  • Between 2006 and 2011, around 1,162,900 foreign-born people immigrated to Canada. These recent immigrants made up 17.2% of the foreign-born population and 3.5% of the total population in Canada.
  • Asia (including the Middle East) was Canada’s largest source of immigrants during the past five years, although the share of immigration from Africa, Caribbean, Central and South America increased slightly.
  • The vast majority of the foreign-born population lived in four provinces: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec and Alberta, and most lived in the nation’s largest urban centres.

Konrad Yakabuski thinks Quebec needs more immigrants

Why Quebec needs more immigrants
Globe and Mail reporter Konrad Yakabuski.KONRAD YAKABUSKI
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, May 16, 2016 6:00AM EDT
Last updated Friday, May 13, 2016 5:10PM EDT

Something quite predictable happened when Quebec’s Liberal government recently suggested increasing the number of immigrants the province accepts each year to 60,000 from the current 50,000. The blowback was immediate, the critics apoplectic, and the government’s retreat expeditious.

Quebec’s population is aging faster than anywhere in Canada outside the Atlantic provinces. Its work force is shrinking, creating labour shortages in some sectors. The novelty of policies aimed at getting Quebeckers to have more babies – cheap daycare and generous parental leave – has worn off. Quebec’s birth rate fell for the sixth year in a row in 2015. At 1.6 births per woman of child-bearing age, it’s down from a 2009 peak of 1.73, and now matches the national average.

A recent government white paper warned that maintaining immigration at the current 50,000 annual level would lead to a “marked” decline in the working-age population between 2016 and 2031, putting a damper on economic growth and everything that flows from it. Starting at 60,000 immigrants a year, however, the work force would continue to grow well into the future.
A healthy discussion of immigration thresholds would consider these factors while reviewing the longer-term evidence. Since the adoption of the province’s Bill 101 in 1977, requiring the children of immigrants to attend French-language schools, several cohorts of new Quebeckers have embraced la langue de Molière and successfully integrated into francophone society. The proportion of Quebeckers speaking French at home remained a robust 82.5 per cent in 2011, while almost 95 per cent of all Quebeckers could speak French, according to Statistics Canada.

Yet, despite such reassuring evidence, opposition politicians showed the usual reflexes in denouncing the government for merely raising the possibility of an increase in immigration. Granted, immigration is a touchier subject in Quebec than anywhere else in Canada, given francophone Quebeckers’s perception of themselves as a threatened minority within North America. As the debate about the former Parti Québécois government’s Charter of Values demonstrated in 2013, the perceived threat is not merely linguistic, but cultural and religious, as well.


Some immigration consultants violating rules of private refugee sponsorship program


Some immigration consultants violating rules of private refugee sponsorship program

Syrians in Gulf states being asked to pay settlement funds that are supposed to be paid by private sponsors

By Laura Lynch, Ghalia Bdiwe, CBC News Posted: Apr 19, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 21, 2016 6:00 PM ET

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CBC News has learned about a troubling aspect of the drive to bring Syrians to Canada: professional immigration consultants, in partnership with some refugee sponsorship groups, are charging refugees thousands of dollars in arrangements that critics say are unethical and violate federal rules on sponsorship.

The immigration consultants have been targeting Syrians living in the Gulf states, many of whom are there on work permits and are able to earn a living. In that sense, they are potentially a more lucrative client base than those in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

The consultants advertise on social media and make visits to the region, setting up shop in five-star hotels.

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Edmonton resident Nhung Tran-Davies welcomes a family of Syrian refugees she helped to sponsor in March. Canadians across the country have been raising money to privately sponsor Syrian refugees, but a CBC investigation has found that some Syrians coming from Gulf states are being asked to pay the cost of their resettlement up front by immigration consultants who are also charging thousands of dollars to process their applications. (Terry Reith/CBC)

In the case of one such agency, information available online and documents obtained by CBC News reveal that the consultant is not only charging prospective refugees thousands of dollars to process their applications but also asking them to pay the full cost of their resettlement up front, which violates the financial guidelines of the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.

“I find it appalling, honestly,” said Toronto lawyer Jackie Swaisland, who is part of a network of lawyers, immigration consultants and law students that has helped hundreds of refugees get to Canada without charging for their services.

Canada has resettled more than 26,000 Syrian refugees since last November, about 9,000 of whom are privately sponsored and another 2,225 of whom receive a combination of government and private funding.

The Express Entry program will bring more cooks than engineers into Canada

In its first year, the Express Entry program allowed more cooks and food workers than engineers and professors to apply

Canada’s Express Entry immigration favours low-wage workers: Experts

In its first year, the Express Entry program allowed more cooks and food workers than engineers and professors to apply

The results of a new immigration program meant to match the flow of foreign workers with Canada’s job market should be a wake up call for policymakers, experts say.

Under the new Express Entry system, immigrants applying for low-wage, precarious jobs in Canada are being favoured over those applying for more professional positions, said Toronto immigration consultant Parmjit Mangat.





We Need To Discuss Root Causes and Solutions

Having closely investigated the recent incident in Quebec City, our organizations and subject matter experts would like to communicate with the relevant authorities about root causes and proposed solutions.

The unfortunate incident in Quebec City is a direct result of the widespread and systematic failure of many Sikh groups and leaders to adopt or support Canadian values. The Sikh community has permitted many fundamentalists to hijack their voice in Canada.

The following examples illustrate the shortcomings:

  1. Various Sikh organizations applied extraordinary pressure to force Quebec’s Soccer Federation to allow players to wear turbans. Similarly, Sikh groups demanded that institutions such as the Parliament of Canada and the Quebec National Assembly permit the wearing of sharp knives known as kirpans. These demands came despite the fact that India’s Parliament does not allow kirpans to be worn and many soccer leagues in India’s Punjab state do not allow turbans to be worn by players and coaches.
  1. Hundreds of Sikhs protested in various Canadian cities against the arrest in India of a convicted Sikh Khalistani terrorist killer named Rajoana. Canadians routinely see fundamentalist Khalistani Sikhs, backed by some community leaders, snarl roads in the center of major cities to support genocidal terrorist causes in foreign countries.
  1. The worst terrorist massacre in Canadian history occurred when suspected Khalistani Sikh terrorists blew up Air India 182, slaughtering over 330 mostly Hindu men, women, and children. This slaughter occurred at the same time that many fundamentalist Sikh leaders called for genocide against Hindus and spread false accounts of abuse in India.

In a broader context, this incident, however reprehensible, speaks to the mounting anxiety of patriotic Canadians over the massive influx of immigrants with incompatible values into this country as well as frustration with Ottawa’s seeming indifference to the enormous social and economic costs occasioned by it.

The leaders and groups signing this joint statement are available for interviews and assistance in designing solutions to prevent communities from supporting causes and beliefs which contradict Canadian values and principles.

Brad Salzberg: Liberal-Socialism And The Erosion Of Christian Canada

Liberal-Socialism And The Erosion Of Christian Canada

writer: Brad Salzberg, March 2016

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In the world of politics, as with many situations in life, making promises often leads to unexpected results. Nowhere is this more apparent than when considering the post-election behaviour of Canada’s ruling Liberal government.

The examples are many— a pronouncement of a 10 billion dollar federal deficit, which turned out to be triple that amount.  An increase in the Syrian refugee quota from the original 25,000 to 55,000—a quantity the majority of Canadians oppose— are two of the most prominent.

In fairness, broken promises are not exclusive to our Liberal government. What is exclusive to the Liberals, however, is the extent to which they disregard public opinion. Of course, there is a good reason for this. The Canadian public—at least those of us born and raised in Canada— are all but meaningless to our ruling Liberal government.