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What makes Canada one of the coolest places for immigration

In immigration on September 8, 2010 at 10:02 am

Canada Immigration

It is interesting to note that a recent survey held in June 2010 analyzed data from 148 countries’ and concluded that 48 per cent of migrants aged 25-44 would choose Canada over the United States. Younger survey participants chose the US over Canada. The analysis also found that Canada was favored by 59 per cent of those who had completed secondary education.

The researches claim that higher education levels resulted in potential migrants being more aware of opportunities offered by Canada and greater knowledge of the country itself.

Jack Jedwab, executive director of the Association for Canadian Studies says that Canada has a stronger support system and that the difference in national median income and immigrant income in the United States is substantial.

An article from the New York Times written way back in the December of 1872 is headlined “Immigrants Emigrating – Why they prefer the United States – Hardships of Backwoods Farming – political appointments, etc”. Immigrants in the 1870’s entered Canada during the shipping season and every year when the season ended, the flow of immigrants would cease. The story now, over a century later, shows a one hundred and eighty degree turnaround.  Since the world has shrunk thanks to various modes of affordable travel, immigrants can migrate any time of the year. A major influx of immigrants occurs just before the beginning of the academic year, in the months of July and August. This supports the fact that for most immigrants, education and consequent career development is of utmost importance. Immigrants migrate from their native countries in the hope of better opportunities and a better life. Today, older academically inclined immigrants choose Canada for better job prospects and financial support.

Immigration to Canada

Canada is financially friendly towards newcomers. The Immigrant Settlement and Adaption program helps immigrants resolve doubts regarding banking queries and other economic factors in Canada. Loan related queries are solved by the Immigration Loans Programs as are queries about medical examination, travel related costs and paperwork required to get things done.

Immigrant statistics can be found at

The year 2008 saw arrival of 250,000 new immigrants into Canada and the influx is showing an upward trend. This is a number that certainly cannot be ignored and the corporate world too is waking up to the fact. The bank of Montreal offers special incentives and financial assistance to immigrants and if this is beneficial, others will follow suit.

Canada is taking all the right steps to woo immigrants. As recently as July 2010, the Canadian Government said it would fund projects for the settlement of new immigrants in Canada. Two projects have been announced so far. One is the “Ethno-Racial Mentoring program” which is aimed at helping young immigrants adjust and will be based in Ontario’s London area. The other is ‘The Civic Awareness Project’. This program is meant to help immigrants from ethnic groups, to gain knowledge about Canada’s history and way of living. These immigrants will receive CA$300,000 over a period of four years. Another positive step in this direction is funding of almost $60 million allocated as part of the 2010 Jobs and Growth Budget, part of which goes towards the Skills Link and Career Focus projects. Saskatchewan will benefit from the Skills Link as they will receive $330,000 which will be used to help young people improve their skills and seek better job opportunities. The participation of immigrants in their resident communities helps in accelerating the growth and development of the Canadian economy directly or indirectly. Going by the commendable efforts of the Canadian Government, it looks like even the 15-24 years bracket of survey participants will soon begin to prefer Canada to the United States.

Of course, at the end of the day it is the warmth of the Canadian locals who will determine how many immigrants stay back and sing praises of the country that attract their fellowmen. Canada has a great support system in place and is capable of handling and honing skilled labour from foreign countries which will ultimately aid its own development.

O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all thy sons command.” are lyrics every Canadian definitely and truly identifies with. Soon, so will immigrants.

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