10 fun immigration facts about Canada

July 4, 2020

By CIC News |

Canada celebrates its 153th birthday today on a holiday known as “Canada Day.”

Throughout Canada’s history, immigrants have joined the country’s founding Indigenous peoples to help build a great country.

To celebrate Canada Day, CIC News has put together the following list for you to discover 10 fun immigration facts about Canada:

1. July 1 commemorates the joining of Canada’s three original provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada, which is now Ontario and Quebec, into one nation in 1867. Today, Canada has ten provinces and three territories. Canada Day marks almost exactly the middle of the year. July 1 is the 182nd day and there are 183 days left to the year.

2. The Constitution Act,1867 outlines immigration as an area of shared responsibility between Canada’s federal government, and the provinces and territories. This was because Canada’s original provinces had experience recruiting immigrants from Europe prior to 1867, and immigration was seen as vital to the economic development and security of the provinces upon Canada’s founding.

3. Quebec became Canada’s first province to launch a dedicated immigration ministry in 1968. At the time, Quebec recognized the importance of welcoming more immigrants to maintain its Francophone character and political influence within Canada. Thirty years later, Manitoba became the first province to sign a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) agreement with the federal government, in 1998. Today, 12 of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories operate their own immigrant selection program to help grow their economies. Collectively, Canada offers over 80 immigration programs for skilled workers.

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