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Nearly one fifth of Canada's total population was born elsewhere in the world. Most of them immigrated to Canada because of the promise of living freely in a democratic, peaceful and multicultural society. Most immigrants to Canada have low levels of political participation. A new program being run by The Maytree Foundation aims to change that by encouraging civic engagement among immigrants.

Canada already has a very generous immigration system that sees somewhere between 225,000 and 250,000 new permanent residents each year. The government of the day, whether Liberal or Conservative, often boasts of how well the system has worked in achieving their targeted goal. Recent Statistics Canada results suggest that within the next few decades 100% of Canadian growth in population will be the result of immigration only.

While recent Canadian census told of the importance of immigration for Canadian growth, cities and provinces across Canada are devising strategies to attract newcomers to their region. The mayors of Atlantic Canada are confident that the quality of life in their cities will be the key to attracting immigrants to work, live and stay in their cities and towns.

Both rural and urban communities in the province of Saskatchewan saw significant increases in immigration in the past year. The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) attracted over one thousand nominations in 2006, the largest number to date, which added to the 26 per cent rise in the annual number of immigrants landing in the province. With 2,658 landed immigrants in 2006, the government of Saskatchewan is continuing to implement its "bold strategy to attract 5,000 newcomers annually by 2008."

In order to overcome the delays and difficulties of getting foreign credentials recognized in Canada, a new government office will provide services to newcomers and immigrants to assist in navigating the credential recognition process. This will help new immigrants to work in their chosen fields in Canada The Foreign Credential Referral Office is a new project that will help immigrants begin the process of getting their credentials recognized before they arrive in Canada, preventing time from being wasted on arrival.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has recently announced that the Canadian Visa Office in Dhaka will offer a full range of Canadian immigration services by July 2007.

On December 7, 2007 The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Diane Finley announced a $38 million in funding for 15 partner agencies in the Halton and Peel Regions of Greater Toronto Area to deliver settlement and integration services to immigrants in the community. This funding, will help more than 150,000 newcomers access settlement services including help finding a job through employment related services, orientation, translation and interpretation services; help with referrals to community resources; and counselling services.

The McGuinty government is launching "All About Ontario," a new citizenship curriculum designed to ease newcomers' transition by teaching them more about life in this province, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Mike Colle announced. All About Ontario' is claimed to be a part of the McGuinty government's comprehensive plan to break down barriers for newcomers.

The ipsos-Reid poll suggests in contrast with the similar survey done in 1993 that present day Canadian are more comfortable with granting equal rights & opportunities to recent immigrants of Canada. Though nearly two third of the respondents believe that immigrants of Canada should have same rights as Canadian-born citizens in future.

Minister of Immigration Joe Volpe, created a media splash by unveiling plans to change Canada's immigration policy that include plans to take in 300,000 immigrants annually within the next five years. Canada is projected to accept 255,000 new immigrants next year as compared to around 236,000 last year.

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