Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Immigration cornerstone to Canada's growth

Information released from the 2006 census shows that immigration is key for Canada's continued growth in the future. Immigrants made up the vast majority of the 1.6 million new Canadians between 2001 and 2006. This means that Canada has the highest population growth in this time frame among the other G8 nations.

In that time frame, we had those 1.6 million new Canadians, but in fact, only an average of 240,000 per year were born in Canada (for a total of more than 1.1 million).

The other problem, though, is that the birth rate is still falling. If it wasn't for immigration at all, we might have come out at about even, as there are people who are dying while others are being born. In this time, it was virtually immigration alone that kept Canada afloat.

While it is a fact that immigration is key to Canada, we still have a flawed immigration system in Canada. There are two fundamental problems: 1. We are not recognizing foreign credentials, thus not tapping into a great amount of knowledge; and 2. We are simply not allowing enough people into Canada. The last I heard was that there are 600,000 immigration applications waiting to be processed; there is not a lack of people wanting to be Canadian. Please see my article: Canadian Immigration Flaws.

So what is the moral of the story? Canada's birth rate is falling; less people are wanting to have kids (and I have a funny feeling that the birth rate is not going to change all of the sudden). It is also necessary that Canada have a growing economy to keep up with the world. So because of this, it is necessary that we allow more immigrants into this country, and actually let them work at their trade, instead of not recognizing their credentials.   Immigration is going to be Canada's future; Canada's immigration policy needs to change.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What, we should be flooded with immigrants, and become a big mix of cultures, and lose our Canadian culture and heritage? Let's just have more babies.