Immigration & Diversity news headlines – May 8, 2013


Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity in Canada (Statistics Canada)
In 2011, Canada had a foreign-born populationNote 1 of about 6,775,800 people. They represented 20.6% of the total population, the highest proportion among the G8 countries.

Video: Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity (Statistics Canada)
The 2011 National Household Survey data on immigration, place of birth, ethnic origin, visible minorities, language, and religion were released today. These data illustrate the ethnocultural diversity of Canada’s population. In this video, I will be giving a quick overview of these data. In 2011, Canada had an immigrant population (also known as the foreign-born population) of about 6.8 million people. This foreign-born population represented one in five of the total population, the highest proportion among G8 countries.

Obtaining Canadian citizenship (Statistics Canada)
The 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) showed that slightly over three-quarters (78.3%) of the total population in Canada were Canadian citizens by birth, another 15.8% were Canadian by naturalization and the rest, 6.0%, did not have Canadian citizenship.

Generation status: Canadian-born children of immigrants (Statistics Canada)
This NHS in Brief examines the population according to generation status, focusing on those who are second generation, that is, those who are Canadian-born and for whom one or both parents were born outside Canada. This group is having a growing impact on the nation’s future. Its members can be considered as a bridge between the first generation newcomers and those who have been in the country for at least three generations.

NHS Focus on Geography Series (Statistics Canada)
NHS Focus on Geography Series provides a quick access to key results from the NHS at different levels of geography.

Chat session (Statistics Canada)
When Friday, May 10, 2013, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. EDT About Aboriginal Peoples, Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity Data, 2011 National Household Survey

National Household Survey: Immigration dramatically changing makeup of Toronto and Canada (Bruce Campion-Smith, Toronto star)
The Greater Toronto region is growing more diverse as immigration brings changes to religious practices, languages and the faces of its residents. New data released Wednesday from the 2011 National Household Survey highlight the changes unfolding in Canadian society: One-in-five is now foreign born, the highest proportion among G8 countries; The country has 200 ethnic groups and 100 religions; About 6.3 million people — 19 per cent of Canada’s population — count themselves a member of visible minority group.

More Canadians denying religious affiliations, survey finds (Jason Fekete, Postmedia News)
A growing number of Canadians are identifying themselves as having no religious affiliation, although more than two-thirds of the country’s population says they’re Christian. Statistics Canada’s voluntary National Household Survey (NHS) released Wednesday also shows immigration is contributing to the growth of non-Christian religions, including Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist. The NHS shows nearly one-quarter (about 7.85 million people) of the Canadian population had no religious affiliation — a sizeable increase from 16.5 per cent a decade earlier.

Immigration in Canada by the numbers (Kirsten Smith, Postmedia News)
First generation (born outside Canada): 7.2 million or 22 per cent Of them: • 93.3 per cent immigrants • 4.9 per cent foreign students and foreign workers • 87,400 were born outside Canada to parents who are Canadian

Canada’s immigrant population surges to 6.8M foreign-born residents (Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press)
The debut of Canada’s controversial census replacement survey shows there are more foreign-born people in the country than ever before, at a proportion not seen in almost a century. They’re young, they’re suburban, and they’re mainly from Asia, although Africans are arriving in growing numbers. But the historical comparisons are few and far between in the National Household Survey, which Statistics Canada designed — at Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s behest — to replace the cancelled long-form census of the past.

More than one-fifth of Canadians are foreign-born: National Household Survey (Gloria Galloway, Globe and Mail)
Sustained levels of immigration over the past two decades have literally changed the face of Canada. The first report of the 2011 National Household Survey reveals that the percentage of people living in this country who were born someplace else is expanding along with those who consider themselves to be members of a visible minority.

Canadians losing their religion and other survey highlights (Ryan MacDonald, Globe and Mail)
The first release of data from the 2011 National Household Survey, which replaced the long-form census, offers a snapshot of a modern Canada that is changing in both cultural makeup and religious beliefs. The voluntary survey is not expected to be as accurate as its predecessors but should accurately reflect broad shifts in the makeup of the population.

Canadian suburbs see influx of visible minorities (Mike De Souza, Postmedia News)
Visible minorities continue to increase their clout in Canada, forming more than half the populations of several suburbs of major Canadian metropolitan regions. This is among the findings of a new survey released Wednesday by Statistics Canada. About 6.26 million Canadians identified themselves in this category, which includes people who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour, but does not include aboriginals.

Immigrant underclass in GTA fuels simmering frustrations (Debra Black, Toronto Star)
When Franky Dias came to Canada in 1990 from Dubai, he faced a couple months of unemployment before landing a job at one of Canada’s Big Five banks. Since then, Dias and his family have built a successful professional and personal life. His wife works as a social worker. His daughter is a French-language teacher and jazz singer. His son has a PhD in genetics from the University of Toronto. Dias, who has a master’s degree in economics and an MBA, has a home in Mississauga, a cottage in Wiarton. Originally from a small village in southern India, Dias, now 60, lives a full life in the GTA, pursuing a passion for writing music and literature with a new novel just recently published by a small publishing house. His harmonious experience is similar to many immigrants who have come here over the past two decades.

Data gaps mark National Household Survey, Statistics Canada warns (Jason Fekete, Postmedia News)
Statistics Canada is cautioning its new, voluntary National Household Survey released Wednesday contains incomplete and possibly incorrect data in a number of areas, including Aboriginals, languages, immigrants and visible minorities. The federal agency warns the voluntary nature of the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) — which replaced the mandatory long-form census — means there’s “non-response bias” in the results for certain populations and geographic areas. Various other problems and the non-response bias in the NHS means the population counts of a number of groups are either overestimated or underestimated.

Data from census replacement to detail Canada’s immigration patterns (CTV)
Canada is about to find out how colourful a country it is. Just how vibrant the colours will be, however — well, that’s another story. On Wednesday, Statistics Canada will publish the first part of its controversial National Household Survey, detailing patterns of immigration, Aboriginal Peoples, race and religion. The first-of-its-kind voluntary survey, which compiles responses from more than three million people, replaces the cancelled long-form census. And even Statistics Canada itself has admitted it won’t match the detailed, neighbourhood-level information of its mandatory predecessor.

Muslim Population in Canada Focus (OnIslam)
The growth of Muslim population in Canada is the focus of a survey, which will also shed light on the increasing proportion of people with no religious affiliation in the country. “There seems to be growing concern about the growth of Islam, arising from high-profile incidents in the news,” Jack Jedwab, executive director of the Association for Canadian Studies, told Postmedia News agency on Tuesday, May 7. “That may lend itself to more debate about immigration and multiculturalism – which would be the wrong conclusion to draw, to my point of view.” The survey, which took the place of the long-form census in 2011, focuses on concerns about the rising number of Muslims in Canada.

Census Canada: Things to watch for in big report on religion, ethnicity (Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun)
Statistics Canada is releasing important 2011 census data tomorrow on religion, immigration and ethnic diversity. The Vancouver Sun and Postmedia will be reporting on them big time in the following days. Here are some of the questions I hope to see answered: Since we have not had a census report on religion in Canada since 2001, I will be looking to see what kind of movement there has been in many areas — including among Christians (of multiple ethnicities), Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs and the religious “nones.”

This morning’s census, dimmed by Ottawa, shows the need for good data (Jan Kestle And Vivek Goel, Globe and Mail)
On Wednesday, Statistics Canada is releasing the first results from the National Household Survey (NHS). The NHS replaces what was previously known as the mandatory long-form census, which was completed by 20 per cent of households. Back in 2010, there was considerable controversy with regards to this change, as many felt that moving from a mandatory to a voluntary survey might reduce the quality of data available for a variety of purposes. With the release on Wednesday, we will start to learn if those concerns were warranted.

Flood of immigrants a political hammer in 2015 (John Ibbitson, Globe and Mail)
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In Canadian politics, this is the only thing that matters: In the last five years, Canada imported the equivalent of a large new city. This large new city, and the two large cities that arrived in the 10 years before that, and the large new cities that will arrive like clockwork every five years for years to come, choose the government.

Influx of Christian and Muslim immigrants changing Canada’s religious makeup (Benjamin Shingler, Globe and Mail)
Lonely, depressed and missing her family in the Philippines, Cosette Pena looked to God in hopes of finding comfort in her new adoptive country. Now, 20 years after it was founded in 1992, the tiny evangelical church in Montreal where Pena forged vital links to the Filipino community in Canada is bursting at the seams with new members and searching for a new, larger building to call home.

Statistics Canada: Devil in the details (CBC The Current)
There was a time when Statistics Canada promoted its long-form census but the mandatory long-form census has been replaced by a voluntary National Household Survey and in advance of its first release today, the agency has issued warnings about the validity of its statistical data.

Canadian suburbs see influx of visible minorities (Mike De Souza, Postmedia News)
Visible minorities continue to increase their clout in Canada, forming more than half the populations of several suburbs of major Canadian metropolitan regions. This is among the findings of a new survey released Wednesday by Statistics Canada. About 6.26 million Canadians identified themselves in this category, which includes people who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour, but does not include aboriginals.

Visible minorities in Canada: a breakdown (Mike De Souza, Postmedia News)
Number and percentage of reported visible minorities/top three groups in country and some metropolitan areas

2011 census: Nearly one in five Canadians are visible minorities, StatsCan reports (Daniel Proussalidis, Sun News)
For the first time since Confederation, you can pick any five people at random in Canada and at least one of them won’t be white. Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey has found that about 19% of the country’s total population is now a “visible minority” — an almost three-point increase from 2006. “Among the immigrants who came before 1971, 12.4% were members of visible minorities,” said Statistics Canada analyst Tina Chui. “Among the new immigrants, those who came in the last five years between 2006 and 2011, 78% were members of visible minorities. So, there’s a big increase.” The percentage of foreign-born people in Canada is also up from 2006, surpassing 20% for the first time ever in 2011.


Toronto’s immigrant enclaves spread to suburbs (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Mel Galeon started his bakery business with a gas stove and wok in a relative’s garage in Mississauga, selling homemade Filipino delicacies out of his car at community events. From a storefront in Toronto’s Little Manila to retail branches in ethnically mixed neighbourhoods in the suburbs, the evolution of Galeon’s business empire, FV Foods, over the last decade tells the story of how government policy plays a role in the way immigrants settle in Greater Toronto.

Islamic converts add to Muslim community in Windsor (CBC)
While many religions are dealing with flat or shrinking memberships in Windsor, the local Muslim community is growing . Numbers are up due in part to converts. According to Mohamed Mohamed, the Imam at Windsor Mosque, approximately three people come to the mosque every month looking to convert. “When anyone comes to us, he will be one of us. It’s as simple as that,” he said. According to the Pew Research Center Forum on Religion and Public Life, the number of Muslims in Canada is set to triple by the year 2030.

Republicans & Immigration: Canada to the rescue! (Washington Times)
Immigration was one of the most contentious policy issues during the first four years of President Obama’s tenure. Now that the dust has settled on the 2012 presidential elections and Barack Obama has successfully defended his incumbency, Republicans appear to be motivated to own their own narrative around immigration reform. To do so effectively, they should take a look at a system that appeals to their federalist roots. Considering the similarities in political landscape and combating ideologies, Canada appears to offer an appropriate model for the U.S. to consider.

A Multicultural Conception of Citizenship (Shubhangni Gupta, Cool Age)
It is examination time in Delhi University, and it makes one think of the course material that one has in hand more critically. The analytical skills and the concepts that our respective courses seek to impart to us take a life of their own and we are able to develop understandings and opinions of our own. A recent study of multiculturalism and its relationship with the modern citizens of the world, that is, us, led to certain realizations. Multiculturalism in its most basic sense is a presence of a varied number of cultures that are marking their presence in the midst of a multi-dimensional nation-state platform, which is sensitive to their individual cultural identities and extends to them certain rights and assistance which enables them to preserve them for the same. While living in India and always being exposed to the existence of varied cultures within this nation, it obscures the fact from the minds of the current youth that certain aspects of what we expect from the governments of our country and at the same time pushing for the recognition of our cultural identities become antithetical, i.e., mutually incompatible, to each other. In the latter part of the twentieth century, the Marshallian concept of the ‘welfare state’ had gained much momentum, and had been proposed by Professor T.H. Marshall, then professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and author of, ‘Citizenship and Social Class.’ This model propelled the need for the formation of a state that takes care of its citizens by extending them rights that aspires to keep every ‘citizen’ on an equal footing- whether it be economical, political or social- by treating them equally. In a certain sense it also encourages the formation of a homogeneous society based on equal citizens who identify themselves as the part of a community which is governed by the state.

Canada Countdown: Business Immigration (Asian Pacific Post)
The following is an excerpt from Canada Countdown, How to Immigrate to Canada – A Guide Book. On January 24, 2013, Canada announced a first of its kind Start-Up Visa. “Our new Start-Up Visa will help make Canada the destination of choice for the world’s best and brightest to launch their companies,” said Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. “Recruiting dynamic entrepreneurs from around the world will help Canada remain competitive in the global economy.”

Perceived need for social services skewed towards youth, seniors: poll (Aurora Tejeida, The Tyee)
The majority of British Columbians don’t feel social services are as important for aboriginal people and immigrants as they are for other groups in need, according to a new poll. When asked how important social services were for specific communities, only 33 per cent thought they were important for aboriginal peoples and 23 per cent thought they were important for immigrants and refugees. Both categories were the lowest ranked in a list of nine, which included youth, seniors, and people with disabilities and special needs, among others.

Toronto City Council Debates Equitable Access to Good Health and Health Care for Uninsured Residents (Bob Gardner, Wellesley Institute)
City Council will be considering recommendations from the Toronto Board of Health regarding health care for uninsured residents of Toronto. We and a number of progressive health care providers and researchers had appeared before the Board to support a Toronto Public Health Report.

The usual suspect (Tim Bousquet, The Coast)
At a secret portion of their meeting last week, Halifax councillors appointed Fred Honsberger to the Board of Police Commissioners. There was nothing unusual about the secrecy: All appointments to boards and commissions are made in secret, over the repeated objections of both The Coast and councillor Gloria McCluskey. Neither is the appointment of Honsberger controversial. The pick of the former executive director of the province’s prisons to the police commission might strike an odd tone in a department that is increasingly promoting itself as a progressive voice trying to address the root social causes of crime, and moving away from old-school knock-heads-and-throw-them-in-jail policing, but there’s no reason to think Honsberger won’t perform well on the commission.

Searching within: Immigration, integration and an opportunity for Mississauga (Mississagua)
Canada’s social fabric is being shaped and transformed by immigrants from all parts of the world, and in few places is this more evident than in Mississauga. Many of us have come here for the opportunity to build a better life. At one point, Mississauga was said to be the fastest-growing city in North America, and 2006 census data reveals that almost 52 per cent of its population consists of immigrants. A dynamic community with a vibrant economy, nestled in a broader national framework that has moved beyond the idea of multiculturalism: our children have begun to recognize each other simply as Canadians, not as members of a particular cultural or ethnic group. What, if anything, is there to worry about?–searching-within-immigration-integration-and-an-opportunity-for-mississauga

Immigrant youth have fewer mental health issues, Hamilton study shows (CBC)
The healthy immigrant effect, where new immigrants are healthier than native-born Canadians, also appears to exist in the mental health of immigrant children, show preliminary findings of a study out of McMaster University. Kathy Georgiades, a professor of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences, presented the findings at a youth mental health conference at city hall on Tuesday. The Hamilton Youth Study includes 1,300 students in Grades 5 to 8 from 36 schools in Hamilton. To date, only data from 950 students has been compiled.

News Release — Increasing number of families reunited in 2012 (CIC)
In 2012, there was a 15 percent increase in immigration under the family class, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. “The actions taken by the government are helping more families reunite,” said Minister Kenney. “We have created additional avenues and flexibility, so that an increasing number of families can spend more time with each other.” In 2012, Canada admitted 65,000 permanent residents in the family class, an increase of 15 percent since 2011. This includes a 60 percent increase in the number of parents and grandparents admitted to Canada, the highest level in 20 years.

Toronto City Council Debates Equitable Access to Good Health and Health Care for Uninsured Residents (Bob Gardner, Wellesley Institute)
City Council will be considering recommendations from the Toronto Board of Health regarding health care for uninsured residents of Toronto. We and a number of progressive health care providers and researchers had appeared before the Board to support a Toronto Public Health Report. Uninsured populations currently face serious and damaging barriers to good health and access to health care.


African refugees share their stories in new book (CBC)
Last year, 248,000 newcomers came to Canada of whom 27,000 arrived as refugees. Winnipegger Anne Mahon has gathered just a few of their stories for a book launching this Tuesday at McNally Robinson. The Lucky Ones: African Refugees’ Stories of Extraordinary Courage is the verbatim transcription of interviews Mahon conducted with 18 African refugees who made their way, through often horrific events, to Winnipeg.


Private money, public programs? There will always be strings (Sherri Torjman, Globe and Mail)
In response to the perpetual shortage of funding for a wide range of social needs, Ottawa just announced its commitment to the use of social impact bonds. In theory, the announcement is a positive development in Canada, which has fallen behind the rest of the world in the creative use of capital for social purposes. In practice, its use will have to be carefully monitored. The emerging sphere of social finance opens many new fiscal doors. Social finance is a term that refers to a range of instruments, including social impact bonds, which blend public and private money to tackle tough social problems.

Ontario’s new budget: $295 million for youth employment, innovation and entrepreneurship (Yonge Street)
Last week the provincial government unveiled its draft budget for the year. A key highlight of that budget: $295 million over two years dedicated to boost youth employment and support initiatives in youth innovation and entrepreneurship. The budget, which still needs to be passed in the Legislature, includes money for four separate initiatives.

UBC opens boot camp for aspiring politicians (Leora Smith, Samara Canada)
Over the last four years Samara has conducted 79 Exit Interviews with former Members of Parliament to learn what is working, and what isn’t, in the House of Commons. One thing former MPs brought up regularly was the lack of training they received when entering Parliament. “I think we all did rather well. But were we prepared? No, I don’t think there is any school for preparation for being a Member of Parliament” said one MP. “If you could arrive at Parliament knowing the way it works and all of those things, then you (could) be more productive from day one,” said another. In response to our Member of Parliament Exit Interviews, Parliament did initiate a formal orientation process after the last election, but more needs to be done for people considering entering politics.

June 10-12, 2013: Neighbours 2013: Programs and Policies, Kitchener, Ontario (Tamarack Institute)
Join us for this national gathering in Kitchener, Ontario. We invite you to celebrate the life’s work of John McKnight and gather to explore how programs and policies can make neighbours effective agents of change in their communities. Together, we want to deeply understand how to advance the importance of neighborhoods, explore what programs have advanced neighbourliness, and discuss what policies cause communities to take the role of neighbours seriously.


Changes to foreign worker program hurt us all (Bryan Passifiume, Pincher Creek Echo)
Like it or not, there are just some jobs that Canadians are unwilling to do. Announced changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker program go way beyond fears of ‘outsourcing’ — it hits local businesses where it hurts, as well as those who rely on the program to find a better life in Canada. The changes announced by Federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Human Resources Minister Dianne Finley last week, in their words, serve to plug ‘gaping loopholes’ in the program.

What HR can learn from Jackie Robinson (Stuart Rudner, Canadian HR Reporter)
Over the weekend, I saw the movie 42, the story of Jackie Robinson and his experience as the first black player in Major League Baseball. The movie was a stark reminder of the racism that existed in our society and, unfortunately, continues to exist, albeit to a lesser extent. Although the movie revolves around baseball players, the central issue is one that is particularly relevant in the context of human resources and HR Law — shouldn’t all applicants be given equal opportunity, regardless of the color of their skin or other personal and irrelevance characteristics?

Harper says foreign worker program is being fixed (Evan Soloman, CBC)
The government has been acting on problems with the temporary foreign worker program for more than a year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday in response to opposition accusations the government was hiding information and denying that it wasn’t working properly. The accusations arose during several feisty exchanges in question period between the government and the NDP over the temporary foreign worker program following a CBC story about a memo for Human Resources Minister Diane Finley on the controversial program.

Temporary foreign worker program could be ‘distorting’ labour market: study (CTV)
Canada’s temporary foreign worker program was under renewed scrutiny Tuesday as a new report suggested the increasingly controversial system “could be distorting” the natural supply and demand of the country’s labour market. The University of Calgary study suggests Canada isn’t facing a wide-scale labour shortage but rather is experiencing a “serious mismatch” between the skills of its labour force and the demands of the labour market. Kevin McQuillan — lead author of the study titled “All the workers we need: debunking Canada’s labour shortage fallacy” — said improving the balance in the labour marketplace does not require an increase in the labour supply.

Report: All The Workers We Need:Debunking Canada’s Labour-Shortage Fallacy


“Hope Heights” (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Robin Phillips. She is a teacher who has spent several years working in Lawrence Heights, and is trying to raise money to produce a documentary about the neighbourhood and the people who live there.

Disadvantaged kids are being short-changed in Toronto schools: Editorial (Toronto Star)
Money for disadvantaged kids is being raided by Toronto public schools to balance their books — but that isn’t the worst scandal. Even more outrageous is that this is considered business as usual in Ontario’s education sector. It’s been going on for years. There’s nothing illegal about it. Indeed, Ministry of Education officials help make it happen through the loose way they structure assistance for students facing “demographic” barriers, especially poverty.


Should nonprofits act like businesses or people? (Charity Village)
Why do I think multichannel strategies will actually disrupt the nonprofit sector? To successfully use multichannel strategies, we need to stop thinking about how we can operate more like businesses, and instead focus on acting more like our constituents. That may sound strange, but let me explain.

Video: Modern-day Robin Hood applies business skills to philanthropy (60 Minutes)
Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones’ charity – the Robin Hood Foundation — fights poverty with the hardnosed, business sense of Wall Street. Scott Pelley reports.

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