Immigration Enriches Canada
“Immigration enriches Canada,” explained Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper during his keynote speech in Toronto at the second annual India’s National Day Gala. He conveyed the tangible contributions that the Indo-Canadian communities have given to Canada’s wellbeing: “Wherever Indian immigrants settle, wherever they choose to put down roots, to start businesses, to raise families; not by coincidence, those places thrive. I believe this is because Indo-Canadians possess a strong ethic of work and education, and an unwavering commitment to faith and to family; and these are the things that underlie not only the Indo-Canadian community’s success, but Canada’s success as a country as well.”
Today, India is Canada’s main source country for immigrants. Canada’s Indo-Canadian community is over 1.2 million strong and continues to grow. In 2005, more than 2500 student visas were granted to Indian students. That number has climbed to nearly 14,000 in 2014. This is due to the changes the Canadian government has recently made to facilitate immigration of Indians to Canada.
The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, reaffirmed the Canadian government’s commitment to providing an effective and timely system of immigration for the many qualified individuals wishing to contribute to Canada’s development. “Our government is committed to increasing the number of legitimate travelers to Canada from India, as businesspeople, students and visitors all make Canada stronger economically as well as culturally.”
The Indo-Canadian community has a proud and rich history in our country. Canada’s past has been shaped by the millions who came from elsewhere, however, Canada’s future will depend on the millions yet to come. If you are interested in immigrating to Canada, please contact one of our lawyers for information and advice on which visa is best suited for you.