Canada | Immigration| Canada Day: Interesting facts about Canada

Canada celebrated its 153rd anniversary on July 1st. Canada Day(Fête du Canada) , is Canada's national day. A federal statutory holiday



Immigrants have joined the nation's founding indigenous communities throughout Canadian history to help create a great nation



1st July commemorates the joining of the three original provinces of Canada namely Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada, which is present-day Ontario and Quebec in the year 1867 into one nation. Canada currently has ten provinces, plus three territories. Canada Day almost precisely marks the middle of the year, i.e. the date July 1 is the 182nd  day, and 183 days remain in the year. 



The Constitution Act, 1867 defines immigration as a joint obligation  between both the federal government of Canada and the provinces and territories. It was because the original provinces of Canada had prior to 1867 experience attracting immigrants from Europe, and immigration was seen as essential to the economic growth and stability of the provinces upon the foundation of Canada.



In 1968 Quebec became the first province in Canada to launch a dedicated immigration ministry. At that time, Quebec recognized the importance of welcoming more immigrants within Canada to maintain its Francophone character and political influence. Thirty years later, Manitoba was the first province to reach an agreement with the federal government on the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), in 1998. Today, 12 of the 13 provinces and territories across Canada run their own immigrant selection system to help their economies develop. Canada jointly provides more than 80 visa services for qualified employees.



Canada is the world's first nation to adopt a points system for immigrants of an economic class in 1967. Canada also implemented the points system to help assess immigration applicants critically based on attributes of human capital  characteristics such as age, educational qualifications, language abilities, professions, and job experience. Many countries such as Australia and New Zealand, have also adopted this pattern. Canada continues to follow this model; Express Entry, for example , uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to rate and rank applicants for immigration.



Canada's population is 38 million. The last time a census was conducted, back in 2016, nearly 22 percent of the Canadian population is immigrants. Nearly, people from 200 countries across the globe are welcomed each year by Canada



The flag of Canada became the official flag of the country on 15 February 1965. The flag on Parliament's Peace Tower in the nation's capital, Ottawa, is changed daily and given free to the citizens. Nonetheless, the website of the Canadian Government has a warning: there is more than 100 years of waiting!



Canadian people had no legal status until, , the Canadian Citizenship Act came into force on 1 January 1947. Many immigrants today are residents. More than 85 percent of immigrants eventually gain Canadian citizenship, which is one of the highest rates in the world.



Canada has more than 500 organizations serving immigrants across the nation. Such organizations have the aim of offering free assistance to help immigrants integrate into Canada's economy and culture. Such organizations offer language courses in English and French, work training , mentoring, and many other types of support. Visit the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website to locate organizations similar to you.




Canada has an Immigration Museum. The Pier 21 Canadian Museum of Immigration is located in Halifax, N.S. This location was selected because between 1928 and 1971 Pier 21 welcomed nearly one million new immigrants to Canada.



Canada has welcomed more than 19.5 million immigrants since 1867. Canada remains committed to high levels of immigration despite the coronavirus pandemic. Canada expects  to accept more than one million new immigrants over the next three years before the pandemic began.




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