StatsCan 2006 Report - One in Five Canadians Born Overseas
The 2006 Census enumerated 6,186,950 foreign-born people
in Canada. They accounted for virtually one in five
(19.8%) of the total population, the highest proportion in
Between 2001 and 2006, Canada's foreign-born population
increased by 13.6%. This was four times higher than the
growth rate of 3.3% for the Canadian-born population
during the same period.
Recent immigrants born in Asia (including the Middle East)
made up the largest proportion (58.3%) of newcomers to
Canada. This was virtually unchanged from 59.4% in 2001.
In contrast, in 1971, only 12.1% of recent immigrants for
this period were born in Asia.
Newcomers born in Europe made up the second largest group
(16.1%) of recent immigrants. Europe used to be the main
source region of immigrants. In 1971, they accounted for
61.6% of newcomers to Canada.
The Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver census metropolitan
areas (CMAs) were home to 68.9% of the recent immigrants
in 2006. In contrast, slightly more than one-quarter
(27.1%) of Canada's total population lived in these three
Within the Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver CMAs, newcomers
tended to live in the central municipalities, but an
increasing share of newcomers chose the surrounding
In the Toronto CMA, 59.8% of its newcomers resided in the
city of Toronto. Its surrounding municipalities, such as
Mississauga, Brampton and Vaughan, had an increased share
of newcomers; 28.8% of recent immigrants in 2006 lived in
these surrounding municipalities, up from 21.4% in 2001.
The majority (85.1%) of the foreign-born who were eligible
for Canadian citizenship in 2006 had become naturalized.
The census enumerated 863,100 individuals, or 2.8% of the
population, who reported a Canadian citizenship in
addition to at least one other citizenship. Four out of
every five of these individuals were foreign-born.
"The Invisible Border" - Canadian Retailers could see
further losses to the U.S.
CALGARY, Nov. 29 /CNW/ -
This Christmas season more Canadians than ever will
be shopping in the U.S. - without leaving their homes. A
new national research study, conducted by ZINC Research
and its partner Dufferin Research, shows that the recent
dollar parity has created a spike in online shopping
across the nation, most notably in the west. "This is a
significant and unsettling finding," says Brian F. Singh,
Managing Director of ZINC Research. "U.S. shopping is no
longer restricted to Canadians living near the border.
With the current value of our dollar, Canadians are
jumping on the on-line bandwagon to grab US deals, and our
retailers are likely to take the hit."
Nearly half (48%) of the 1,200 respondents said they will
do on-line shopping for Christmas, and a full 70% of those
said they would or might buy in the U.S.. Of those, 45%
said they would do more on-line shopping in the US than
they did last year.
"With dollars increasing going south, Canadian retailers
could likely be hurt during the Christmas shopping
season," said Singh. "Not just will more people shop from
home instead of the malls, but they are critical
comparison shoppers and have no issues going beyond
borders and shopping online."
Canadians Speak Out On Rudeness Ahead Of The Holiday
TORONTO, Dec. 4 /CNW/ -
By now, most Canadians have already made their travel
plans for the hectic holiday season. Flights are booked,
cars are rented, and accommodations have been reserved.
But no matter how organized the plans are, most Canadians
have not prepared for the frustrations they may face
getting to their holiday destination. According to
Travelocity.ca's Air Travel Tolerance poll, 97.5 percent
of Canadians say that they expect to sometimes or always
experience travel delays, either at the gate, on the
tarmac, or in the air Naturally, when people are
faced with unforeseen travel delays, tempers fray and
emotions can erupt. The bad news, according to the poll
findings, is that Canadian travellers in this
heightened-security world are not getting any more patient
when it comes to handling such situations. Thirty nine
percent of respondents believe that their travelling
cohorts are less polite than in years past.
"Travelling doesn't always bring out the best in people,"
Jennifer Gaines, Contributing Editor, Travelocity.ca,
said. "Everyone has their own idea of what constitutes
rude behaviour and not all Canadians will be thrilled by
their fellow travellers. It's important to prepare for
crowds and delays, and keep your cool if things go wrong."
Chatty neighbours and a less-than-cordial flight crew are
the biggest annoyances for travellers, with 44 percent
indicating that these factors would make for an unpleasant
flight experience. It seems that Canadian travellers are
more annoyed by behaviour than by environmental factors.
Dirty or malfunctioning bathrooms (16 percent), poor air
circulation (15 percent) and not getting a preferred
seating assignment (12 percent) were all deemed less
bothersome for travellers. Although many complain
outwardly about the lack of food on flights nowadays, only
five percent flagged this as the most annoying element
when flying. When Travelocity.ca's poll dug a little
deeper, Canadians divulged the specific air travel
behaviours that they find to be rude:
- Kicking the back of the seat - 98 percent
- Loud talking or swearing - 97 percent
- Excessively loud music or movies - 91 percent
- Another passenger hogging the armrest - 86 percent
- Reclining the seat all the way back - 73 percent
- Taking off shoes - 19 percent
The polls showed that what is classified as rude or
unacceptable behavior differs between some groups. For
example, while 17 percent of passengers with children of
their own were bothered by crying or uncontrolled
children, 30 percent of those without little ones of their
own found the behaviour to be "very rude".
Visible Minority Women Lack Of Critical Relationships
TORONTO, Nov. 28 /CNW/ -
Visible minorities in some of
Canada's biggest organizations feel excluded from
relationships that are critical for career advancement,
according to the latest Catalyst study, "Career
Advancement in Corporate Canada: A Focus on Visible
Minorities ~ Critical Relationships."
"Our study confirms that corporate Canada is not
maximizing the potential "brain gain" offered by skilled
immigrants, most of whom are visible minorities," says
Deborah Gillis, vice president, Canada, Catalyst. "We know
that having a network, mentor and champion are critical
advancement. Unfortunately, visible minorities, especially
women, feel excluded from the kind of relationships that
help individuals - and ultimately the businesses they work
for - succeed.
Key findings from the study
- Visible minorities, especially women, feel excluded from
informal networking opportunities.
- A lack of multiple mentors who share gender, visible
minority status and/or who are influential but
demographically different, is a career advancement barrier
for visible minorities.
- Visible minority women and men described mentoring
relationships in different terms.
- As with other groups, visible minority men and women
believe that having a champion is particularly important,
yet visible minorities lack access to the critical
relationships that are necessary to finding champions.
- Self-promotion is often necessary to get a champion on
one's side, yet visible minorities, especially women, are
uncomfortable with self-promotion.
The study points strongly to the importance of informal
networking, which builds trust and information sharing. As
this networking often revolves around social activities
such as playing and/or watching sports, visible minority
women feel particularly uncomfortable in this environment
and it is more difficult for them to find mentors and/or
UK equality watchdog joins HSMP
(*Highly Skilled Migrant Programme)
2 Dec 2007,
IST,Rashmee Roshan Lall,TNN
LONDON: Britain's lead
equality watchdog has weighed in with criticism of the UK
government's treatment of an estimated 30,000 Indians and
19,000 others who claim they were suddenly disenfranchised
by hardline new rules for highly-skilled migrant workers.
The trenchant criticism by the Equality and Human Rights
Commission (EHRC), a non-departmental public body
established under Britain's Equality Act 2006, comes as
the Indians wait for the second hearing of their high
court appeal to reverse the new immigration rules.
The initial hearing was held on November 30 and the second
is expected within two months.
If the HSMP visa-holders lose their judicial challenge,
they face deportation.
The EHRC, which assumed the functions of the Commission
for Racial Equality (CRE) on October 1, stressed that the
Home Office had already admitted its failure to comply
with regulations requiring an assessment of any new
policy's impact on different racial groups before
In a letter to Amit Kapadia, director of the non-profit
campaign group HSMP Forum, the EHRC quoted the Home Office
to say it had accepted significant omissions in the Race
Equality Impact Assessment (REIA). The EHRC further said
that it did not accept as legitimate the reasons given by
the Home Office for failing to publish the REIA prior to
changing the rules governing mainly Indian workers on the
Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP).
The EHRC's criticism comes after its predecessor, the CRE,
rapped the Home Office on the knuckles for failing to
assess its new immigration policies for racial fairness.
The CRE's criticism forced the government to admit that
the HSMP rule changes would help nationals of the European
Economic Area in their search for jobs.
Sources said that the government's admission clearly
implied that Britain's December 5, 2006 change to HSMP
rules were meant to reduce the numbers of non-Europeans on
the job-seekers' list.
The equality watchdog's championing of the HSMP cause is
seen to be a feather in their cap after a marginally
indifferent response from the British Asian MPs and peers
The affected Indians say they have high hopes of Goan-origin
Labour MP Keith Vaz, who currently chairs the
parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee, which has the
power to summon the Home Secretary and investigate the
allegedly discriminatory changes to immigration rules.
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