Canada’s Failed Immigration Policies

You could wait a long time to hear a Canadian politician admit that our immigration policies have little to do with Canadians’ interests, but much to do with boosting their political fortunes.

Cynical, you say? Not in the face of Obama’s sweep of the polls in 2008 with a torrent of Latino voters. What else could justify the numbers of immigrants allowed into Canada, particularly in light of the 2008 recession, our current fiscal deficit, the largest it has been in decades, and an unemployment rate of 7.7%?

The fact is that Canada cannot afford to support the influx of immigrants which in 2008 consisted of 272,000 foreign students and 247,000 permanent residents made up of 149,000 skilled workers and entrepreneur/investors, 65,000 family members and 33,000 refugees or asylum applicants. Government monies expended on immigrants and immigrant programs far surpass any contribution they make to Revenue Canada’s coffers.

Why even Hollywood’s disaffected run to the true north, strong and free, although in the case of Randy and Evi Quaid, it turned out that unbeknownst to her, she was a Canadian citizen by virtue of her Saskatchewan father, and now happily lives in Vancouver with her Canadian passport, husband by her side.

Add to all of this the estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants who have snuck into Canada and you have a situation that cannot continue despite cries from the NDP that we need immigrants to replace our aging population. They propose increasing the quota to 330,000 every year.

Even with a significant number of skilled and professional immigrants admitted each year, the hoops they must jump through to work in their occupations are onerous. Consider all the healthcare professionals working as nannys or medical aides instead of nursing or practicing medicine.

While it may be true that immigrants are twice as likely than native Canadians to hold a Master’s degree or a doctorate, a lot of them are still driving taxicabs and working at McDonalds.

The issue of professional accreditation is left to self-governing bodies in each Province. For example, an immigrant who is a professional engineer must be approved by British Columbia’s Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists, a body that operates under provincial legislation.

Skilled immigrants who are admitted into Canada are rarely permitted to practice their profession. Advocates for immigrants refer to this as a “broken contract”. They are admitted as professionals but their skills are not utilized.

It makes no sense to admit university educated immigrants knowing they will not work in their profession. Another impractical flaw of our system.

A report in 2006 indicated that immigrants arriving in Canada between 2001 and 2006 had an unemployment rate of 11.5%.

Canadians who dare raise the issue of our failed immigration policies are quickly silenced and labeled bigots. Yet, can there be any right-thinking citizen who is not outraged by the four and a half years it takes to banish an illegal immigrant from Canada after
endless appeals are exhausted, and all benefits available have been wrung from the system, including free lawyers!

Canada’s politicians spar for immigrant votes with each party doing their best to hold on to their immigrant base.

Liberal Members of Parliament Ruby Dhalla and Bob Rae have ridings with a heavy ethnic presence. Ms. Dhalla’s riding is 50% visible minority, while Bob Rae’s, in Toronto Center is 40%. Not surprisingly, Dhalla and Rae introduced a private member’s bill that sought to extend Old Age Security benefits to immigrants after three years of residence in Canada rather than the ten years they must now wait. Canada’s baby boomers surely would not support pensions for immigrants after a mere three years. This one wouldn’t !

Statistics Canada tells us that in twenty years almost 50% of our population will be foreign-born or have at least one foreign born parent. The enhancement of our cultural mosaic may have to give way to practical fiscal realities.

It’s time for Canadians to put aside their fears of being “politically incorrect” and demand that our leaders overhaul Canada’s immigration laws, free of any political considerations, and focused on what is best for Canada.

Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang

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11 thoughts on “Canada’s Failed Immigration Policies

  1. As you note, but don’t elaborate on, part of this issue is about numbers. Our young Canadian-born families aren’t having children the way young families used to. When Canadians with higher education do decide to have kids, many are pushing 40. The irony may be that those with the most education and earning potential are the ones making the decision not to have children since it’s a sure way to lose that earning edge (i.e. they realize they can hardly afford to) — and with university tuitions on the rise, the costs of child rearing will not end at 18 for educated parents who want their children to have the opportunities they did in universities. My parents assisted all four of my siblings and I in one form or another through our post-secondary careers. We are all now trained professionals, Canadian born, in our 20s and 30s, but with few government-led incentives (yes, I’m including the UCB) to start families, let alone larger ones as would be required to sustain Canada’s population.
    If the aim is to sustain population figures, how can we solve the problem other than by immigration? Please tell me you support universal childcare, affordable higher education, affordable housing for parents with children, progressive tax credits, and other reforms. If you shut the door on immigrants, are you going to propose incentives for those in their 20s and 30s to have kids?

  2. Nate Thank you for your thoughtful comments on this issue. The notion that immigration is the answer to sustaining Canada’s population is a well-worn myth.

    The well-respected think-tank C.D. Howe Institute has done the research and they say that we would have to increase immigration to more than 2.5 times what we are doing now in order to remain stable.

    The Institute’s experts say that immigration has “little practical effect to alter the Canadian demographics.”

    You are right that incentives have to be made to encourage couples to have more children. This is a world-wide problem and different countries are taking different approaches. Some of the options include fully paid maternity leaves, guaranteeing job security for mothers, more tax credits and increasing the subsidization of daycare for working parents.

    Those who agree that immigration should be reduced often cite the fact that our immigrant population is reducing the standard of living for native born Canadians.

    It is a complex issue that needs to be addressed.

  3. I don’t understand how you have a degree. 500,000 illegal immigrants per year in Canada? WHERE?

    We are all immigrants. My family came from Ireland. If anything, you mean we should return the land to its rightful owners, the first nations people of canada. Except I doubt thats your intention.

    I think rather ,you are a racist from some eastern european background who hates people of color and thinks that they somehow have more right to live here than someone else.

    All I can say is, you people make me sick.

  4. We should also block all immigration from Eastern European countries, because those women only come here to do sex work.

  5. Hi; I wrote an essay on the 3 myths of Canadian Immigration.

    Please google “Slaughtering Sheep: The Planned Destruction of Canada’s Soverignty by immigration” and click on the Bulletin dot ca search result. It took me over 3 months, 100 hours and 6 revisions to put together. Thanks again…please call or email to give critical feedback(good and bad). Shawn 557 5666 (416) or email me shawndalton@hotmail.com I am confident we can always talk about any topic including immigration without being labelled a Xenphone or racist. Canada has a culture and most of it is English…some French…some hockey…some beer…and lots of gifts on Christmas Day. Thanks…Shawn!!!

  6. Here’s the reality. Tal from CIBC wrote a report about the job creation numbers for 2011. In 2010, Canada created 372,000 jobs and this year it’s expected to be 240,000. A 35% plunge in what is shaping up to be Canada’s worst recession ever. Why in the world are we bringing in 268,000 people? There are 1.4 million Canadians out of work(Statistics Canada Report). The answer is: ethnic votes and the colonization of Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto. Look whose driving the cabs or behind the counter at the stores…look…it’s the paper man…he replaced the paper boy. Now the paper boys have no part time jobs. Where are they going to get pizza money? Beer money? Dating money?

  7. By 2031; Canadians will be minorities in Vancouver and Toronto.(Source: Statistics Canada)

    Corporations get cheap labour…cheaper than any other country. Tellers at the banks make $12.50 to start…short order cooks make $12.50 to start. Programmers in the 1990s that were making $50+ per hour now make $15-$20/hour. Mass immigration destroys labor markets and depresses wages. Professor Borjas is a Harvard Professor and came up with a formula to calculate the effects of labor suplies on wages for any given country. How much does it cost Canadian workers each year? How much does it cost the United States each year? According to the Borjas formula; mass immigration costs:

    Canada: $30.8 billion/year
    United States: $152 billion/year

    (Source: “Who Gets In: what’s wrong with Canada’s immigration program and how to fix it” By: Daniel Stoffman)

  8. BMO job numbers for 2012 are predicting 15,000/month or 180,000 for the entire year of 2012. That’s a 51% decline from 372,000 three years ago.

  9. 500,000 people have snuck into Canada? Either utter nonsense or deliberately deceptive. That would be 1.5% of the population. Sorry… CIC and CBSA estimates the number of illegals in Canada at between 40,000 and 60,000 — based on rejected permanent residency applications, deportations/exit notices, and investigations. Almost all these people are family members hiding in basements.

    It is almost impossible to remain in Canada illegally for any period of time. Unlike the United States, finding illegal work is next to impossible due to CRAs tax enforcement policies, SIN validation, and Canadian business’ general lack of desire to hire illegal workers. You can’t obtain a driver’s license, health insurance, open a bank account, enroll children in school, etc. without proof of legal residency.

    I’m sure that 500,000 have likely (over the past few decades) snuck into Canada — or more likely entered legally and then overstayed their visa or visa-exemption status. However, nearly all of them have left. A winter in most of Canada without a driver’s license and social insurance number and most illegals quickly head home.

    Not disagreeing that immigration is a problem, that it shouldn’t be looked at seriously, or your other points, but… illegal immigration is pretty much a non-issue in Canada.

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