Cultural Diversity In Canada

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Canada is often referred to as a cultural mosaic, meaning that it is a nation that considers different races, ethnicities, and otherness of its citizens an essential part to its existence (Immigration, 2011). Immigration is the main reason why Canada is referred to as the cultural mosaic because many people immigrate to Canada from different places. The people who immigrate to Canada often have different religious and beliefs and in Canada they are allowed to practice whatever they like and are not required to assimilate the Canadian lifestyle. Immigration has been around for many years in Canada. This essay will look at the history of immigration, the rules and regulations for entering Canada, and how people can apply and qualify. A few other …show more content…
Canada has had laws and regulations in place that govern the admission of immigrants since 1869. The first immigration act in Canada was put in place in 1869 and its main focus was to ensure the safety of immigrants and to protect them from exploitation when they arrived to Canada (Van Dyk, 2002). This act had very few restrictions on immigration, Prime Minister John A. Macdonald had hoped that an open immigration policy would help to encourage a settlement of the West. Later in 1885, The Royal Commission on Chinese Immigration was set in place (Van Dyk, 2002). This was put in place to help control the amount of Chinese immigrants that were coming to Canada. They helped to control the amount of Chinese people coming in to Canada by requiring them to pay a ten dollar duty on each Chinese person wanting to enter Canada. The Chinese Immigration Act of 1885 was Canada’s first piece of legislation to exclude immigrants on the basis of their ethnic origin (Van Dyk, 2002). They changed the amount to enter Canada from ten dollars to fifty dollar and later in 1900 it raised again to one-hundred dollars and finally in 1903 they increased this head tax again to five-hundred dollars (Van Dyk, 2002). In 1906, Canada’s immigration act …show more content…
On this questionnaire citizens may be asked questions about their nationality, age, language ability, family members, education, work experience, income and/or net worth and details on any job offer they may have received (Do you want to come to Canda, or extend your stay?, 2016). Once the eligibility questionnaire is completed it will inform the person of what programs they may be eligible to apply for. Once they have found out what program they can apply to they will be directed to the appropriate form to fill out. When the form is filled out it is then to be submitted and the citizen will hear back on whether or not they are allowed into Canada. (Do you want to come to Canda, or extend your stay?,

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