Matching Immigration to Our Culture


Because of our low birthrate, Canada needs immigrants to maintain or grow our population. But immigrants from where? If we wished to maintain our culture, we would favour immigration from European countries, from which our culture is derived.

The following chart (See Source #1) shows the ethnic origins reported by Canadians in the 2016 census.

Ethnic Origins 2016

Note that the five ethnic origins most frequently reported (excluding ‘Canadian’ which is not an ethnic origin), are English, Scottish, French, Irish and German, all countries in Western Europe. As well, a significant number of Canadians reported Italian, Ukrainian, Dutch and Polish ethnic origins.

The next chart (#2) shows the total number of immigrants granted permanent resident status in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, grouped by their countries of origin.

Immigrants - Top Source Countries

In this three-year period, there were 828,404 immigrants. The top six countries of origin, The Philippines, India, China, Syria, Iran and Pakistan together provided 434,805 immigrants, representing 52.5% of the total. The U.K., France, Ukraine and Russia together provided 48,521 immigrants, or 5.9% of the total.

Clearly, there is a huge mismatch between the ethnic origins of the majority of Canadians and the origins of new immigrants.  Canada is undergoing the fastest rate of ethnic change of any country in the Western world (#3).  If this pattern of immigration continues, our dominant culture will become only one among an assortment of foreign cultures.

This pattern of immigration is likely due to the effects of the immigration “point system” introduced in 1967 (#4).  Under this system, independent immigrants were assigned points in specific categories relating to their ability to successfully settle in Canada. Asian applicants obviously do especially well under the points system.

If Canada’s dominant culture is to be maintained, it will be necessary to change the country’s immigration criteria to deliberately favour applications from Europe.

People in Europe are currently dealing with social disruption and diminished future opportunities resulting from the mass migration of asylum-seekers into their countries. For example, the wages for certain categories of unskilled workers in the U.K. have been driven down by competition from migrants (#5).  In Sweden, the retirement age has been increased to help cover the cost of welfare benefits for migrants (#6).  In these circumstances, some people in Europe might well respond favourably to an invitation to emigrate to Canada.


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