10 Fun Facts: immigration in Canada

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Discover with us 10 fun facts regarding immigration in Canada

Discover with us 10 fun facts regarding immigration in Canada! Today is July 1st and we celebrate Canada’s 153th birthday! Canada Day means remembering Canada’s history, but also how immigrants joined indigenous population to help build this country. Moreover, it’s important to commemorate Canada Day as also the day where we get together to share our diversity. Differences makes us stronger if we respect and honour each other!

What’s the special relationship between Canada and immigration?

In order to commemorate Canada Day, we decided to share with you 10 fun facts regarding Canada immigration:

  1. July 1, Canada Day, commemorates the joining of Canada’s three original provinces into one nation in 1867. These are: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada, which later split into Ontario and Quebec.
  2. The Constitution Act, 1867 outlines immigration as shared between federal government, provinces and territories. This means Canada’s provinces were recruiting migrants from Europe, and knew how vital newcomers were for the economic development of each province.
  3. In 1968, Quebec became the first province of Canada to launch a dedicated immigration ministry. Immigrants from French-speaking regions helped preserve the cultural and national character of Francophone Quebec, which is still strong today.
  4. Canada actually has an entire museum dedicated to immigration! This museum is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Pier 21. Pier 21 is where almost 1 million new immigrants entered Canada between 1928 and 1971.
  5. Since 1867, Canada has welcomed over 19.5 million immigrants, and remains committed to this day to increase its intake of migrants. The government plans to welcome over 1 million new migrants in the next 3 years.
  6. Canada’s flag became official on February 15, 1965. Every day, the official flag on the Peace Tower of Parliament in Ottawa is changed and given to citizens for free. However, there’s a waiting period of almost 100 years!
  7. Canadian citizens did not have legal status until the Canadian Citizenship Act took effect on January 1947! That’s because, previously, anyone who would be born in Canada held British citizenship and was officially recognised as a British subject. Things are different today: while still part of the Commonwealth, Canada retains its specific identity and this is also due to immigrants shaping the different regions of the country.
  8. Canada was also the first country in the world to introduce a points system for economic class immigrants, in 1967. This aimed at assessing immigrants based on human capital characteristics: age, education, skills, and experience.
  9. Canada’s population is 38 million as of June 2020. Over 22% percent of the 38 million were immigrants just a decade or so ago.
  10. Canada has over 500 organisations dedicated to immigration across its territory. If you want to find the closest organisation to you, visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.