Canada has long been known as a country of inclusion, one that (unlike some other countries) welcomes immigrants. This is true even in COVID times.
The Canadian government wants to attract more than 400,000 new immigrants in 2021, according to Bloomberg. That’s about 15 percent higher than the pre-COVID target.
And, there are plans to increase immigration goals even higher in 2022 and 2023.
Some of the reasons have to do with diversity and how Canada has developed economically.
“To rebuild a stronger economy, we need to have enough workers to maintain supply chains, allow businesses to expand and create more jobs for Canadians,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. “...this crisis has highlighted the important contributions the newcomers make to our communities.”
Canadian economist Andrew Agopsowicz, told Bloomberg,“…(increase in immigration) strengthens this idea that Canada is a country that immigrants can rely on.
The average Canadian agrees, according to a survey by the non-profit organization, Environics Institute.
• By a five-to-one margin, Canadians say immigration makes Canada a better country, helping it be more diverse and multicultural.
• Two-thirds disagree immigration levels are too high.
• Relatively few say immigrants are not adopting Canadian values.
While Canada has dual official languages, English and French, there many other languages spoken by a significant percentage of the Canadian population. Consider that:
• More than one-in-five Canadian residents is foreign born, one of the highest percentages in the world
• More than one-in-five Canadian residents were born elsewhere
• Almost one-in-four say they generally speak a language other than English or French in their homes
This creates a significant need to speak more than one language. Some learners have stopped or delayed learning because of the COVID pandemic. Fortunately, that doesn’t have to happen.
Berlitz, for example, offers effective, online language learning in a variety of ways designed to fit your goals and schedules. They can be range from one-on-one private lessons with an online instructor to online personal learning at your pace, and a blend of options in between, all designed to make learning your new language effective, affordable and safe.