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Immigrants Call Toronto Home More than Anywhere Else in Canada

According to Statistics Canada the city with the largest immigration population in Canada is Toronto with over two million migrants calling that city their home. Immigrating to Canada is easy when you apply with Immigration Direct. Forget the frustration of applying on your own and immigrate to Canada sooner.

According to the 2006 Canadian census 2,320,165 immigrants called Toronto home. Two other municipalities with large numbers of immigrants are Montreal with 140,355 and Vancouver with 831,265.

Toronto is the largest city in Canada and is particularly close to its southern neighbor, the United States. As is true for the rest of North America it has an extensive history of being an area that has taken in a large number of immigrants over the years.

Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has recently stated that immigration numbers are expected to stay high and even expand as he continues to reform the CIC. Canada recognizes that taking in more immigrants can be very beneficial to the economy and culture of Canada and he is promoting smoother immigration processes such as the Canadian Experience Class.

Toronto is an excellent place for many people, but especially immigrants. Toronto possesses an international economy that is recognized as being one of true global importance. There are many different industries that a person can become involved in Toronto. Formerly this lake city was renowned as being heavily reliant upon its many distilleries, but it has since far expanded beyond that.

The variety of entertainment venues, museums and cultural institutions make Toronto an excellent place to visit as a tourist and many millions of people come to visit annually. The iconic CN Tower, for many years the largest freestanding structure in the world is located in Toronto.

Toronto’s proximity to the United States should not be discounted either and accessibility to Detroit, Michigan is only a bridge away. Obtaining a visa to the United States is significantly easier when you become a citizen of Canada.

Canada’s financial capital is also known as being one of the best places to raise children as well due to a few very convenient factors. Toronto is known for having an extremely low crime rate for a city of its size. Part of the reason for why this is can be attributed to strict Canadian gun-control laws. The University of Toronto, a well-regarded research university, is located on multiple campuses throughout the Toronto metropolitan area and having universities nearby nearly always tends to bring the overall education of an area above average. Healthcare in Toronto, in all of Canada as well, is provided for by the government and can be incredibly helpful when raising children since children do need to go to the doctor regularly for inoculations and check-ups.

Immigrants to Canada tend to gravitate towards Toronto for a reason, it is a major center for life within Canada. The government’s immigration system encourages immigrants to find cultural enclaves when they first enter Canada and considering the size of Toronto this should be easy to accomplish.

Apply to immigrate to Canada today with Immigration Direct!

Immigration Canada: How to Navigate the Tools

When you apply for immigration benefits in Canada there are many online resources available to you, especially ImmigrationDirect.ca. Whether you need to apply for a Permanent Resident Card or to renew one or to finally apply for citizenship we can help you achieve your immigration goals for a nominal fee. There is a variety of tools available online that can help you better track your progress through the world of Canadian immigration.

You can check your status online if you applied for

  • A member of your family for Permanent Residency,
  • Permanent Residence for yourself,
  • A replacement or renewal,
  • Citizenship (for yourself, an adopted person),
  • Proof of citizenship,
  • Or any other changes of status involving citizenship.

When you go to check your status you will need to have a few items nearby. You will need your application, your receipts and any Citizenship and Immigration Canada documents you have collected.

Here we also have a list of common fees, taken from the CIC’s website, that you may want to consider when applying for immigration in Canada. The CIC’s fees and ImmigrationDirect.ca’s fees are separate.

  • Permanent Resident Card renewal or replacement Application processing fee is $50.
  • Permanent Resident Card renewal or replacement is $50.
  • Acquisition of Permanent Resident Status is $490.*
  • Study Permits are $125.
  • Work Permits are $150.
  • Permanent Resident visa fees vary widely. We will cover these in tomorrow’s blog.
  • Right to be a citizen is $100.
  • Grant of citizenship is $100.
  • Retention of citizenship is $100.
  • Resumption of citizenship is $100.
  • Renunciation of citizenship is $100.
  • Proof of citizenship is $75.
  • Search for record of citizenship is $75.

Do not pay any of these fees to any organization until you are absolutely sure of which ones and how much you should submit. Contact ImmigrationDirect.ca for more information.

If you want to become a Permanent Resident in Canada you will also have to take a medical examination by an approved physician. You will receive instructions on where to go for your medical examination after your application has been submitted. Generally you will not know the results of this exam unless it is discovered that you have some health problem. All of the documents created in the course of this examination will be the property of the Canadian Immigration Medical Authorities.

Panel physicians can be found within Canada by calling the CIC call center, or internationally on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

Immigration can be a difficult process, but ImmigrationDirect.ca exists to make it as easy as possible on potential immigrants to Canada.

Canada is a beautiful place full of opportunities for education, work and living comfortably. The people of Canada welcome you warmly and they hope to see you soon.

Immigration and the Cultural Landscape of Canada

Canada, like many other countries in the world, has a couple of official languages. Permanent Residents must learn one of these two in order to become citizens.  However, they are unique in that they are a former British colony that chose to have an official language. Both the United States and Australia decided to avoid potentially alienating their residents and citizens by forcing them to speak a certain language. This is often the criticism against official languages, that by forcing people to speak one language or another you run the risk of making it very difficult on the people who live in the country.

Fortunately, Canada is primarily either English or French speaking, so the policy of official languages works for them. However, the number of people who do not speak either of those languages at home is increasing according to a recent report.

Originally, the idea behind a bi-language country was multiculturalism. By writing French into law as an official language they guaranteed that it would retain a certain level of sovereignty within the largely British country. Though now, that very multicultural sentiment is beginning to seem exclusionary.

Immigrant populations across Canada continue to speak their mother tongues at home and use either French or English in public and in official work settings. Some of the more popular ones are Chinese dialects and Tagalog (a language from the Philippines). This is perfectly acceptable for populations of Permanent Residents and it certainly prevents feelings of anomie in the newcomer within society.

Anomie is a sociological concept that describes what happens when an individual feels so estranged and alienated from society that depression and other effects come into play. A person experiencing anomie often either retreats into seclusion or completely abandons their previous cultural ties. Canada does not want either to occur because the first will eventually lead to increased burdens on society and if the latter occurs a certain culture’s contribution to society is lost through assimilation, which is what Canada is trying to prevent by being a multicultural state.

Citizens are required to be relatively competent in either French or English to become a citizen in the Dominion of Canada and this is largely accomplished by participating in Canadian society, however there are programs designed to help you learn either language faster and more comprehensively.

Becoming a Permanent Resident of Canada is a highly rewarding thing and comes with a great deal of advantages. Immigration Direct knows about this value and wants to help you find your way into the beautiful Dominion of Canada. There are a variety of different ways to enter Canada and all you will have to do is apply.

Permanent Resident? Make Halifax Your Home

Permanent Residents are allowed to live, work and study anywhere they choose to in Canada after admittance, so after you’ve used Immigration Direct to get your Permanent Resident Card you’ll have to decide where you’d like to live. Canada is full of wonderful places to live with a wide variety of landscapes and geographies. There are very rural areas dedicated to farmland or mining and then there are large metropolises and dense urban areas. There are prairies, tundra, rain forests, and sprawling cityscapes.

Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, or more specifically, the Halifax Regional Municipality, happens to have a variety of geographical features within its borders. From urban, to suburban, to rural Halifax encompasses a rather large area, but has a relatively small population. The total area of the region is about the size of the American state of Delaware, but the population is barely 400,000 people.

Halifax is often considered to be the most important of cities in what are called the Maritime Provinces. Its strong economy and culture makes it a wonderful place to make a home. Canadian financial publication, MoneySense, lists Halifax as the fourth best place to live in Canada.

The same report also recorded rankings for various things that might make a city particularly desirable.  Halifax ranked 24th for ease in walking or bicycling to work, eighth in terms of how many new cars can be found on its roads, ninth in terms of how many doctors there are per thousand people, and 16th for its inclusion of residents in the arts, culture, recreation or sports.

The economy of Halifax has a lot to do with the large port that is located there. It is a major import area and also handles the shipping and refinery of hydrocarbons that are mined off the coast of Sable Island. Other mining activities have to do with gypsum, gold and limestone and it is also the agricultural center of Nova Scotia.

Many parts of downtown Halifax have undergone gentrification in recent years. Gentrification is a process by which older, poorer parts of a city are bought up by younger more affluent people who then rebuild the area increasing its overall value. Gentrification is generally a sign of a healthy economy and culture of an area.

There are a variety of routes that you can take in order to get your Permanent Resident Card. Generally, the Canadian government prefers you to have an education and a job when you enter the country so that you can start supporting yourself and contributing society as soon as possible. However, there are a variety of other ways to get into Canada such as through family. The government has recently been very supportive of the Canadian Experience Class of visas where after you are done studying at a Canadian university you can apply for Permanent Residency.

Canada is a beautiful country full of opportunity and we here at Immigration Direct sure hope that you decide to use us when you apply for those opportunities.

Canadian Immigration Reaching Record Numbers?

Citizenship and Immigration Canada expects very large numbers of Permanent Residents to be added to Canada in 2013. The reason up to 265,000 people are being granted immigrant status in Canada is to help grow the nation’s economy.

Canada has historically had very large numbers of immigrants due to a variety of factors including large and unpopulated areas and the concept of multiculturalism being written into the constitution.

The announcement of these high immigration numbers announced by Minister Jason Kenney come after a few years of criticisms of the office for becoming more and more conservative in terms of immigration enforcement. However, it has become apparent that the CIC has no problem with letting immigrants into the country as long as they go about the process legally.

Large numbers of Canadian citizens had their statuses revoked this year when it was learned that they obtained immigration benefits fraudulently.

A majority of the immigrants coming into Canada in the upcoming year will be entering under the Canadian Experience Class. This program allows temporary visitors to Canada, otherwise known as non-immigrants, to transition to Permanent Resident status.

Permanent Resident status confers the right to live and work in Canada on a more or less permanent basis barring illegal activities. Permanent Residency is also required in order to become a citizen in Canada with all of the benefits that entails.

It is expected that the influx of immigrants to Canada will have beneficial and useful effects on the economy. This is because the particular class of immigrant that CIC will be accepting will have high quality educations and professions that can contribute to Canadian businesses.

Canada’s widespread and popularly accepted policy of multiculturalism is particularly useful to immigrants because cultural support systems already exist within the country. These communities aid in the transition process for immigrants from their original culture to Canadian society. The maintenance of immigrants’ original culture and traditions within Canada are encouraged as part of this policy.

Immigration Direct offers assistance in the visa application process to help you ensure that your application is correct and accurate. Often, immigrants are not familiar with the details and minutia involved in applying for immigration benefits with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. That is why it is useful to use Immigration Direct during your application process. For a nominal fee we ensure that your information is properly submitted.

Incorrectly filed immigration requests can lead to rejected applications, extended wait times or at worse, accidental fraud. Committing immigration fraud may lead to a permanent immigration bar or at least several years of an immigration ban.

Permanent Residents enjoy a variety of benefits in Canada including protection under Canadian law and the right to live, work and study within Canada. Residents may also travel freely among the provinces and eventually apply for citizenship.

Citizenship and Politics of Canada

Here at Immigration Direct we provide a variety of services to help you immigrate to Canada. Whether you want to gain Permanent Residency, apply for citizenship or just learn more about Canadian immigration we are here to help you.

If you decide, after you’ve gotten your Permanent Resident Card, to pursue Canadian citizenship you may want to consider becoming familiar with Canadian politics. After all, one of the rights that you will gain as a citizen will be the right to vote and participation in the democratic process is one of the major draws to Canada.

There are a huge number of political parties within Canada, but only five hold seats within the House of Commons, the major federal part of the Canadian legislative branch.  The five major branches are the Conservative Party of Canada, the New Democratic Party, Liberal Party of Canada, Bloc Quebecois, and the Green Party of Canada. We will briefly discuss them here to familiarize you with Canadian politics.

The Conservative Party of Canada, otherwise known as the Tories, is obviously the more conservative party of Canada and identifies more with maintaining British ties and policies. Like many other conservative political parties around the world they believe in the decentralization of government to smaller units of the state. The Right Honorable Stephen Harper is a Tory and is also the current Prime Minister of Canada.

The New Democratic Party of Canada holds the opposition minority in the House of Commons and is the more liberal party of Canadian Politics. They support the social responsibility of government, business regulation for larger institutions, greater democracy through more representative elections (and the abolition of the federal senate which is composed of members who are not elected), and increased environmental control and protection.

The more centrist wing of Canadian politics and the party with the third most seats in the House of Commons is the Liberal Party of Canada. Members of the Liberal Party of Canada have views that fall between the two above parties and are generally more moderate in their views which are based on a more classical understanding of the term liberalism.

Bloc Quebecois’ main platform is the maintenance of Quebec’s sovereignty and to retain their uniquely Francophone identity. The Green party is mostly interested in the environmental preservation of Canada, very similarly to the United States’ Green Party.

Apply for Canadian citizenship with Immigration Direct and you can voice your opinion on how the country should be run in the next election, participate in the democratic process!

Permanent Resident Cards Let You Go Anywhere in Canada

Immigrate to Beautiful Quebec City

Quebec with the Chateau Du Frontenac

When you get your PR card you will be able to take full advantage of all of the rights and freedoms granted to permanent residents in Canada. This includes the ability to freely travel between the provinces and cities within the country. Even if you do not choose to move to Quebec City to work or live with family, you will still have all the opportunity to visit at any time you please.

Quebec City was established by French colonists in 1608 and has remained a capital ever since its establishment in different forms and under different government. It is located in the province of Quebec, the only francophone province and one of the largest French-speaking areas in all of the Americas. Old-Quebec, the traditional center of town has a distinct style of architecture and feel that is obviously European, transferred from the old world to the new. Probably the most prominent feature of this old-world design is the Chateau Frontenac, a huge hotel that is visible by the St. Lawrence River. It is an impressively beautiful structure and was built in 1893. While a little over 100 years may not seem very old to other cultures it is quite a record for a building in the Americas.

Quebec City, being a rather northerly city, has a culture tied to winter activities. The Quebec Winter Carnaval is a festival that takes place from February 1st to the 17th. Sights to see during the festival include a castle made of ice blocks! Intricate ice sculptures are also prominently featured. The winter parade is also extremely popular. It is a uniquely fun celebration and the cold temperatures don’t stop people from around the globe from having a rollicking good time.

Immigration to the province of Quebec is a very different matter than immigration to the other provinces and is handled solely by Quebec. Immigration Quebec suggests doing a little bit of research before immigrating to the province to facilitate a smooth transition to a very unique and special life. Finding out all you can and evaluating whether or not you really want to immigrate to Quebec is, of course, the first step. Secondly Quebec has some requirements of its own to ensure that your immigration process is beneficial to all parties involved.

The best part of travel and moving is being able to see new, exciting and different things. Quebec, much like many other places in Canada has all of this and more to offer. Immigration doesn’t have to be hard, register with Immigration Direct today and get on the path to Canadian residency!

Multiculturalism Policy in Canada

The Beautiful Capital of QuebecCanada has been described by some as being the only country on the planet that is completely pluralistic, or multicultural. It most certainly is the first country to embrace the concept of multiculturalism and as a result leads to some very interesting questions and social experiments. Multiculturalism is within Canada’s history, its present and its future. There are absolutely huge numbers of foreign nationals and naturalized citizens within its borders and it touts itself as “the land of immigrants”. But what is multiculturalism and what does it mean for Canada? Here we will discuss the implications and practicalities of this question.

The country now known as Canada was once just a region composed of several colonies headed by different European powers, namely the English and the French. When these colonies were bonded together into one country there was a need to honor the completely different cultures between French Canada and English Canada. It was decided that it would be wise to allow both cultures to exist side by side within the country and hence began biculturalism in Canada which would later lead to multiculturalism.

Multiculturalism is a sociological concept that holds that within a society that has one identity can have other simultaneous cultural identities without conflict. Imagine a mosaic where each colored tile represents another cultural faction in Canada. They are separate, but when one looks from a distance it reveals a complete picture of Canadian culture. This is in contrast to the United States to the south which embraces the concept of assimilationism which—as Americans are very proud to admit—is more like a melting pot or crucible. Each unique cultural identity is absorbed into the mixture and becomes unidentifiable from the rest of the pot.

Canada’s official sanction of multicultural policies can be seen in its embrace of two official languages for the country and the distinct cultural enclaves that can be found throughout the country. Multiculturalism is written directly into their laws as well. It is also very apparent in their immigration policy which is one of the most active of any migration policy in the world. Most Canadians see immigrants as being important and valuable contributions to Canada. Even conservative politicians are very encouraging of large numbers of immigrants.

There are, of course problems that arise within multiculturalism, especially the reluctance of some to embrace the policy. Canada, along with many other countries, has been criticized lately of being prejudiced towards Roma (the actual demonym of the group of people commonly known as Gypsies) and African immigrants. However, just the effort to become multicultural is admirable and worthy of consideration.

Canada Immigration – Criminal Inadmissibility

Canada allows foreign nationals to immigrate to Canada but people who are found to be criminally inadmissible may be denied entry into the country. A person who was convicted of crimes outside Canada may be considered to be inadmissible into Canada. Such a person who is considered inadmissible, may not be allowed to enter or reside in the country. Foreign nationals and permanent residents may be considered inadmissible due to reasons such as human or international rights violations, financial reasons, criminal backgrounds, health grounds and if any of their family member is inadmissible into the country.

A permanent resident of Canada or a foreign national may not be allowed to enter Canada based on security grounds, if the person has involved in terrorist activities or if he poses a threat to the security of the country. People who engage in acts of violence that might endanger the lives of the people in Canada also will be considered inadmissible. Permanent residents and foreign nationals who violate human or international rights may not be granted permission to enter into the country. People who had involved in criminal activities against humanity and war crimes may not enter into the country.

Serious criminality includes committing an offense that is punishable and for which a maximum imprisonment of ten years may be imposed. Similarly, a person who committed crimes outside Canada for which the criminal was imposed a maximum imprisonment period of ten years may not be granted entry into Canada, on grounds of serious criminality. Permanent residents and foreign nationals who involve in organized criminality and people who are members of organizations that are engaged in criminal activities such as smuggling and human trafficking, will be denied entry into Canada.

There are certain circumstances where some foreign nationals may not be allowed to enter into Canada based on health grounds, if the person’s health condition is likely to endanger public safety. Similarly, some foreign nationals, are considered inadmissible based on financial grounds, if the person is unable to support himself and if no one else is willing to support him financially. Some people are denied entry into the country for misrepresentation or if they are sponsored by people who are already inadmissible for misrepresentation. Failing to comply with the Act is one of the reasons for which a permanent resident or a foreign national may be considered inadmissible into Canada. If your accompanying family member is inadmissible into Canada, you may also be considered inadmissible.

However, if you are considered inadmissible into Canada, you still may be permitted to enter into the country if you are able to satisfy the Minister of PSEP, that your presence in Canada will not harm the country. Based on the nature of the crime and the period of time elapsed and your behavior, from the time you were sentenced, you may be allowed to enter into the country, if you meet the judicial requisites to be deemed rehabilitated and if your application for individual rehabilitation is approved. You may be permitted to enter the country, if you are granted pardon and if you receive a temporary resident permit. While applying for a temporary resident or a permanent resident visa, remember that you must provide details of your criminal background in your application.

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking which is becoming a significant legal and political issue, is nothing but the illegal trade of human beings for purposes such as forced labor. This is a modern form of slavery which is one of the immoral crimes. Through this criminal activity, people are recruited, bought or kidnapped in order to exploit them through sexual exploitation or forced labor. Women and children are found to be the victims of human trafficking in more numbers. They are deprived of their normal lives and are forced to provide sexual or labor services for the profit of their offenders. Such people are exploited mainly because of aggression, sexual assault, warnings of violation to them or their family members. Trafficking of humans differs from human smuggling. Human smuggling is done with the permission of the person where he pays a large sum of money to be smuggled and is finally free on arriving at the destination. The level of human trafficking is difficult to measure. It is because of the hesitation of the victims, hidden nature of the crime and the difficulty in identifying the victims.

Human trafficking is considered to be an offensive activity under the “Criminal Code of Canada and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act”. People including women and children are found to be victims of this kind of crime. But women represent majority of the human trafficking victims in Canada. Socially and economically disadvantaged people such as Aboriginal women, youth and children, migrants, immigrants and children who are in protection are more likely to be at risk.

“United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children” was first formalized by Canada. The efforts of Canada are guided by this protocol. It also seeks to prevent human trafficking, through a 4 principle approach. It prevents human trafficking from occurring, protects the victims of human trafficking, brings the culprits to justice and builds domestic and international partnerships against human trafficking.

The Canadian government has brought about a National Action Plan, to fight against human trafficking. This plan unifies the efforts of the federal government to fight human trafficking. This action plan introduces combative measures to identify and prevent human trafficking. This will also protect the most vulnerable people and prosecute the culprits. The national action plan will support the organizations which assist the victims. This plan will build on the domestic and international plan of Canada and will provide new competitive initiatives to deal with human trafficking. This will create a new enforcement team which will be led by the RCMP. This National Action Plan will be administered by the key departments of Human Trafficking Task-force, led by Public Safety Canada. It will be responsible for coordinating the effect of the federal anti-human trafficking and for reporting about its progress to the public.