Canada's immigration system is the best in the world because of effective policies that serve the public interest.

canada's immigration system

Countries in the Western world, whether Japan or Germany, Australia or Austria, need more immigrants to help offset the negative economic effects of their aging populations and low birth rates.

In recent years, however, anti-immigrant sentiment has spread throughout much of the Western world. There are fears that admitting immigrants hurts the economy because newcomers can "steal" jobs from local workers. Another problem is that immigrants depend too much on social services. It is also argued that newcomers from certain parts of the world may hold values that are incompatible with Western values and therefore pose a cultural threat. Irregular migration also raises security issues.

80% of Canadians believe that immigration is good for the economy.

These problems also exist in Canada. However, public surveys consistently show that Canadians are very supportive of immigration. According to a study by the Environics Institute, a research firm, 80 per cent of Canadians agree that immigration is good for the economy.

During Canada's 2019 federal election campaign, the country's largest parties pledged to accept more immigrants, which was driven by four factors.

Four reasons why Canada's immigration system is the best in the world

Support for immigration in Canada comes down to these factors: history, geography, strategy and policy.

Canada has a history of immigration. With the exception of the country's indigenous peoples, all Canadians are immigrants or descendants of immigrants. Thus, Canada has been able to successfully welcome people from diverse backgrounds for most of the country's existence. This has not always been the case, as Canada's past was also characterized by intolerance, but the country has become more open to diversity since the end of World War II and is now one of the most multicultural societies in the world.

Canada's geography is also very favorable to the immigration system. Unlike the United States, European Union member states, and other Western countries, which consistently experience significant irregular migration flows, Canada is geographically isolated, which means it can exercise strict control over who enters the country. Illegal migration to Canada has increased in recent years, somewhat undermining public confidence in the immigration system, but there is a general perception in Canada that the country's immigration system is under control, reducing concerns about immigrants who pose security and financial risks.

Good public policy is the main reason Canadians support immigration. Canada has long stood out on the immigration front, setting effective policies and reforming them as needed to serve the public interest. The country uses more than 80 immigration pathways for the economic class, so that immigrants with different skills can benefit the economy. Canada also invests more than any other country in the world (more than $1.5 billion a year) in immigrant adjustment services, such as employment support, to help newcomers integrate economically and socially.

The fourth reason Canada ranks above the rest is strategy and policy.

More than 20% of Canadians are first-generation immigrants, and whether they are first-, second-, or third-generation immigrants, they tend to live in the country's largest cities: Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver. Political parties must "lure" the immigrant vote in such cities if they are to have any chance of forming a government. As Canada welcomes more immigrants every year, the proportion of immigrants in the country will grow, further increasing the influence of immigrant voters and further reducing the incentive for political parties to campaign on anti-immigrant platforms.

How can Canada stay better than anyone else?

Canada's immigration history is largely positive, but at the same time we should not lose sight of the fact that public confidence in immigration is always a sensitive issue. Thus, the country should not rest on its laurels. Canada must continue to determine 1) how to improve the standard of living of Canadians and immigrants,

2) ensure that borders remain strong, and

3) strive to improve its immigration policies to ensure that immigration continues to serve the public interest.


Ethnic Ukrainians make up about 4% of the total population of Canada. They are mostly descendants of people from Western Ukraine who left their homeland in the 20th century. Although the number of Ukrainians out of the total Canadian population is now small, they have become a significant political influence. Among the ethnic Ukrainians who have had success on the political scene in Canada is William Gavrilyak, who has been elected mayor of Edmonton three times. The current Prime Minister of Alberta, Edward Stelmakh is also a descendant of immigrants. But Roman Gnatyshyn, who served as Governor General of Canada from 1990-1995, achieved the most success. His father, Ivan Gnatyshyn, was a Progressive Conservative senator.

Thus, the Ukrainian diaspora has great political and economic weight in Canada. This largely determines the country's extremely negative attitude to Russia's policy toward Ukraine. The leading Canadian politicians are forced to listen to the mood of the people - the elections of 2015 are coming up, they need the support of the Ukrainian electorate of the country. Thus, the Democratic Party of Canada (NDP), in response to the Russian annexation of Crimea, proposed to ban the sale of Russian vodka in Ontario and Saskatchewan, provinces with a high percentage of ethnic Ukrainians. Due to the difficult political situation in Ukraine, a new round of migration has begun. This time the east of the country is affected to a great extent by migration processes. It should be taken into account that Canada has an open migration policy, offering migrants good jobs, decent wages and living conditions, which becomes a tempting incentive for Ukrainians to leave their own country in search of happiness in a foreign land. This has been reciprocated by the Canadian government. Thus, with regard to the recent events in Kiev and the outbreak of war in southeastern Ukraine, Chris Alexander (Canada's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) said, "We are ready to welcome these people as refugees under our generous and reformed determination system. We are always thinking of Ukraine when it comes to immigration issues in Canada."

Over the past few years, more than 8,000 Ukrainian citizens have applied for a visa to Canada each year. The Ukrainian diaspora encourages the immigration of fellow Ukrainians in every way by creating various organizations to support migrants at first. Ukrainians contribute not only to strengthening the diaspora in Canada, but also to maintaining ties with their historic homeland. Through the efforts of the Ukrainian community in December 1991, Canada was one of the first (along with Poland and Hungary) to recognize Ukraine as an independent state and continues to actively cooperate with it. In September 2015, the press service of the President of Ukraine announced the beginning of negotiations between Ukraine and Canada on the simplification of visa regime for Ukrainians, up to its complete abolition.