For example, you could say that we need more immigrants to fill job vacancies. 

Now that you have read the three articles for this unit, you should be ready to write a response.

Your response will be in answer to this question: How many immigrants should Canada be accepting; more, the same or fewer?

You will need to write a thesis in which you answer the question and provide a reason for your stance on this issue. For example, you could say that we need more immigrants to fill job vacancies.

You will need to make at least three points in which you provide evidence from the readings that support your position. You must directly refer to each of the readings at least once. You may refer to any of the readings more than once. Be careful to avoid making claims that you cannot support.

This should be formatted as a multi-paragraph composition of at least 300 words.

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Introductory Unit

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Table of contents

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Table of contents Overview

How to read this book

Why Canada needs immigrants

Immigration Watch Canada

What immigrants should know before coming to Canada

Overview

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Overview Welcome to the Introductory Unit of Social Studies 10.

This shorter unit is meant to familiarize you with the how this course works and to show you some of what is to be covered.

Like all units, this one starts with an overview. This is followed by a short warm-up assignment that should only take a few minutes. It gets you thinking about the content to follow.

You will then progress to the book module for this unit. This one is called “Immigration in Canada.” The book module is like a chapter of a textbook. In it you will find all of the content that will be covered. As you read the book module, you will learn about some of the issues regarding immigration in Canada today.

Once you have completed reading the book module, you will put together your assignment for this unit which is a multi-paragraph response to the readings. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and to check the style sheet to make sure that you have correctly formatted this assignment.

There is a small quiz at the end of the unit. Subsequent units will have larger tests at the end.

Once you have completed this unit, you will have shown that you have the skills to do well in this course.</p

How to read this book

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How to read this book For this introductory unit, you will be reading a few articles on immigration in Canada then writing a response to them.

In order to do well here, you will need to read the articles with a critical eye. To start, as you read, you should ask who the author is and what is his or her purpose in writing this article. You should find out what you can about the source of the article. Who published it and when? Ask yourself whose point of view is being represented. What is the bias of the author? Look at the claims being made and find out if they are factual and accurate. Do they sound reasonable to you?

Take notes as you read. Write down interesting points that you would like to investigate. Ask questions about the material presented. Differentiate between fact and opinion. Think about how the information is presented and work out which persuasive techniques are being employed.

When you have a set of notes on each of the articles, you will be ready to go on to the assignment.

Why Canada needs immigrants

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Why Canada needs immigrants

Canada is a country with incredible sights, high standard of living, cosmopolitan cities and unlimited outdoor activities. The country has almost a million square miles of mountains, lakes and rivers.

A large country – the world second largest – in size and in spirit. However, even with all these features, plus a booming economy, Canada suffers from a lack of skilled workers. Due to the above mentioned factor, Canada laid out the “welcome mat” for immigrants from all around the world.

Canada has abundant natural resources but a very small population – only 3.3 people per sq-km, compared to countries like the US- 29.1, the UK-242 and Japan with 335.5 people per sq-km. To demonstrate just how much space there is available in this amazing country, the worlds’ highest density is in Macau (China)with 17,684 people per sq-km) and the lowest is 2 people per sq-km in Namibia.

Between 1956 and 1976, 63.6% of the immigrants in Canada came from UK and Europe and only 11.9% came from Asia. However, in 2004 this flow has flipped, with only 17.8% that came from UK and Europe and 48.6% that came from south, east and southeast Asia.

Why (more) immigrants?

There are two main reasons why Canada needs a continuous flow of immigrants:

Canada’s birth rate is low (1.6 children per woman. This is way lower than the 3 children per woman rate registered between 1940-1960). The current fertility rate is below the necessary in order to maintain the population (2.1 children per woman) and has been under the necessary fertility rate for the past 30 years.

The second reason is the advanced age of the workforce and a serious lack of skilled workers in several fields, particularly in construction. This lack is being spotted in positions such as engineers, physicians and nurses as well.

Paul Darby, Director of the Conference Board of Canada, predicts a shortfall of 3 million skilled workers by 2020. According to a research made by Canada’s Federation of Independent Business, 1 in 20 job positions remains unfilled because of the low number of skilled workers.

According to the above mentioned research,these numbers represent about 300,000 job positions available in small and medium companies. The worst case is the construction field where employers reported that 7.7% of the vacant jobs go unfilled. In Manitoba, Ontario and Alberta business services and agriculture sectors are suffering already.

Cheri Tredree, National Recruitment Manager at Manpower Canada, says that the fast growing industries (construction, oil & gas and services) demand workers from the skilled trades field. “This is the case in the whole country, skilled trades workers are a variety of roles, from welders and carpenters to hairdressers and chefs”, she added.

Canada’s “Baby-Boomers”

Elderly Canadian citizens are the fastest growing population group in the country. The amount of elderly citizens compared to the total citizens was 1 in 20 Canadians in 1921. In 2001, this rate became 1 in 8 – when it was estimated that 3.92 million Canadians were 65 years or older, two-thirds more

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20 Canadians in 1921. In 2001, this rate became 1 in 8 – when it was estimated that 3.92 million Canadians were 65 years or older, two-thirds more than in 1981.

As the Baby-Boomers (born between 1946 and 1965) age, it is expected that the elderly Canadian population will reach 6.7 millions in 2021 and 9.2 millions by 2041 (around 1 in 4 Canadians). In fact, the growth of the elderly population will represents around half of the growth of the overall Canadian population in the next four decades. In 2001, more than 430,000 citizens were 85 years or older – twice as many registered in 1981 and more than 20 times as many registered in 1921.

Immigration Watch Canada

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Immigration Watch Canada

Immigration Watch Canada is an organization of Canadians who believe that immigration has to serve the interests of its own citizens. It cannot be turned into a social assistance / job-finding program for people from other countries. It should not be a method to suppress wages and provide employers with an unending supply of low-wage labour. It should never be a social engineering experiment that is conducted on Canada’s mainstream population in order to make it a minority. **

But immigration has become those three things.

Why? In particular, why has Canada’s average 250,000 per year immigration intake remained in place for over 24 years, a clear abnormality in Canada’s immigration history?

The answer is that for many decades, Canada’s major political parties have assumed that, on the immigration issue in particular, they know better than average Canadians. This attitude and the promotion of political party self-interest manifested itself particularly in 1990 when one political party (the Progressive Conservatives) increased immigration levels to 250,000 per year.

At the time they did this, they actually announced they were doing so in order to capture more of the immigrant vote. This may sound hard to believe because it is so brazen, but it is a fact. Since then, all other parties have adopted the same policy. All pretend that their actions are helping people in the rest of the world and that this immigration flood is also literally and figuratively enriching Canadian society.

The reality is that Canada’s average 250,000 per year immigration intake since 1990 has been far too high. In fact, Canada’s intake is the highest per capita in the world. And it has obviously been destructive and senseless.

What are some examples of the destruction and senselessness?

First, our high intake has had major negative economic consequences for a minimum of 1.5 million Canadians who are looking for work. At the very least, it has forced many of them to compete (through Canada’s so-called “Employment Equity for Visible Minorities” programme and others) with immigrants for a limited number of jobs.

Second, relentless high immigration has caused two results : (1) relentless demand for a basic human need such as housing and (2) relentless increases in house prices. The urban area which is the best example of this is Metro Vancouver where house prices are now the second highest in the world. (Metro Toronto has also been seriously affected.) Much of Metro Vancouver’s population can no longer afford house ownership. In cases where the existing population has bought housing, they have had to take on huge mortgages. UBC Geography Professor David Ley has clearly shown the connection between immigration and Metro Vancouver house prices

Third, the continued pursuit of the “Diversity” social engineering project has led many Canadians to conclude that they are being ethnically cleansed and that Canada is being re-colonized.

Finally, many Canadians see that our governments seem to think that our urban areas can take infinite numbers of people. This attitude has turned many areas of the country into crowded, grid-locked, environmental disasters-in-progress—duplicates of the environmental catastrophes many recent immigrants come from.

We repeat one basic question :

Why Is Canada bringing in 250,000+ immigrants per year? Ottawa and business interests have made wild claims about the economic benefits of immigration, the need to deal with our aging population, and the need for immigration to satisfy current or future labour shortages. But those claims have been refuted by

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the government’s own studies or by studies done by respected think tanks. In addition, Ottawa and business interests have pretended that current immigration is no different from past immigration. However, a graph of Canada’s immigration intake since 1860 (See above) shows that immigration since 1991 is an abnormality in Canada’s immigration history

We believe Canada should have some immigration, but that immigration levels should be reduced to about 25,000, that is, to about 10% of the current annual 250,000 intake. We advocate that the 25,000 intake level should be kept in place indefinitely to compensate for the immigration disaster that has occurred in the past 24 years.

We also advocate a significant reduction to Canada’s widely-abused Temporary Foreign Worker program which in 2012 allowed well over 300,000 non- Canadians to work in Canada. This program should probably be reduced to nearly zero. In any recession, it is madness for a country to be importing large numbers of immigrants as well as large numbers of Temporary Foreign Workers.

from ImmigrationWatchCanada.org

What immigrants should know before coming

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What immigrants should know before coming to Canada

From the

Huffington Post by Suresh Kurl – Educator

What Immigrants Should Know Before Coming to Canada

Posted: 06/24/2015

Canada is a dream come true for those who immigrate here. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the envy of the world. Its multiculturalism welcomes new immigrants with open arms, open hearts and open minds. I came here 45 years ago, for just one year. I still live here.

Our Canadian multicultural policies have an impact on all ethnic and faith groups, on rich and poor, on old and young, men, women and transgender people. These policies are equalizers. Nevertheless, they have legal and budgetary restraints. Keeping this in mind, I would like to offer the federal government a few suggestions to share with new comers before it rolls out the welcome mat for them.

All applicants seeking immigration should be informed about Canada’s brand of multiculturalism when they file their applications. This background information will assist them in making up their mind as to whether they should leave their motherland for an unknown, untested and untried country. By explaining what multiculturalism means in Canada, applicants will be better able to set their level of expectations — and sort out what they can’t and can’t do, and what they should not even dream of doing when they come here.

I call Canada a functioning democracy, meaning it respects the rule of law, has an independent judiciary, a free press, it respects human rights, gender equality and all levels of free elections. We are governed by election victories, not by ballot box stuffing.

Canada screens every individual, at the port of entry, irrespective of his faith, culture, colour and ethnicity. The officers have an obligation to compare his/her face against the photo on his passport.

Canada does not give in to the demands of visitors to be processed only by a male or a female immigration officer at the point of entry, unless there are compelling reasons to do so. (Re: Canada Border Services Agency managers at Toronto’s Pearson airport allowed a small group of Hindu priests to avoid screening by female border guards…; July 28, 2014).

An immigrant should never expect Canada to sacrifice or weaken its democratic laws to accommodate cultural practices incompatible with its values such as, the practice of the Islamic Sharia Law, female genital mutilation, child and forced marriages, the use of the niqab during public ceremonies or at work, polygamy and honour killings. (Re: The Shafia Family murders; June 30, 2009). Some cultures allow the physical punishment of children as a form of discipline. In Canada it is deemed child abuse and illegal and could result into his removal from the custody and guardianship of his parents.

Even though Canada is liberally democratic and blessed with rich resources it cannot accommodate demands to teach every ethnic language in public schools. Such demands are not only a fiscal burden on the tax payers, but are socially isolating also. Coming together in English and French in school and at the workplace is one of the great benefits of multiculturalism. It is how we learn about each other.

New Immigrants should be expected to come equipped with a basic proficiency in English or French, the two national languages, before leaving their country of birth.

If new immigrants are to become a part of the Canadian multicultural fabric they must know what their obligations as Canadian resident/citizen would be. They must understand and accept that they would be expected to contribute to national safety, stability and social harmony, and not conflict.

I suggest Citizenship and Immigration Canada develop a handbook of activities and practices legally and culturally unacceptable in Canada, along with the contents of Bill C-51 as a part of the standard immigration application.

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contents of Bill C-51 as a part of the standard immigration application.

Canada began the process of collecting biometric data in 2008. Since then it has joined other countries, which are doing the same. Soon it will become an administrative ritual that every applicant will have to go through. As I am for national safety and security, I am for it.

I, as a citizen of a democratic country, appreciate that some of my readers might not agree with what I have said above. However, if Charles Vincent Massey, the late Governor General of Canada were alive today, he would agree with me, as he too fostered similar views: “The conditions have always been difficult. We must pass through the barriers of languages and race, of geography and religion, of custom and tradition and we must build on a common foundation, without jealousy or hatred, with tolerance and sympathy.”

Besides, my current status affords me the best gift of being retired — the freedom to share my thoughts no matter how politically incorrect they might be.

 

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