Canadian attitudes towards immigration are fluctuating and could move into unwelcome territory. A post-pandemic poll by researchers at McMaster University found that, as a result of conditions created by the pandemic, Canadians may not be as welcoming to immigrants as they have been in the past.
In a recent Globe and Mail Opinion piece, researchers Victoria Esses and Leah Hamilton called on the public to actively work to maintain Canada as a welcoming nation to immigrants. Canada is not immune to racism. Canada's reputation as a welcoming nation did not emerge overnight. During these challenging times, Canadians need to remain vigilant about attitudes towards immigrants.
It is estimated that Canada's immigration shortfall for 2020 will be at least 100,000. High immigration levels are required to fill demographic, economic and regional development needs, supporting the future of our country. French-speaking immigrants are specifically needed to support the vitality of Francophone minority communities, and a recent announcement by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship also indicates that French-speaking candidates will receive additional points under the Express Entry system for selecting economic immigrants.
Our future depends on immigration and Canada is a world leader in providing resettlement opportunities for refugees in need.