Dueling Ideals: Cultural Diversity vs. Rising Costs in Canada
Posted on 01/02/2016
In December 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau traveled to Europe to outline some of the policies the Canadian government would implement to continue to foster immigration over the course of the coming years. One policy was to increase the number of immigrants moving to Canada from all areas of world. Currently, Canada ranks highest in the world in immigrant intake per capita, a daunting position in this global climate.
The belief that immigration has incredible benefits to a mostly homogeneous nation is the principle on which Prime Minister Trudeau and his predecessors have built their policy. There are some merits to the principle, such as boosting innovation and increasing trade as well as increasing the overall GDP.
While initially immigrants take on blue collar, minimum wage jobs, there are many that have worked their way up to research positions in universities and major companies. Being culturally diverse at this level can lead to a broad spectrum of views, ideas and promote inspiration among natives.
When settling in a new country, many immigrants look for the comforts of home. From cuisine to interior design, the desire for products from their homeland can increase trade within Canada’s borders. New ethnic shops and manufacturers can sprout up over time, increasing the GDP and Canadian economy.
There are many detractors who will say that the cost of increasing the number of immigrants is too high to pay for the benefits. For example, many immigrants will send money home for the first 2-5 years they are living in Canada, which decreases the amount they spend in the local economy. While this is true for the majority, it averages to about $1450 per year, per family, those figures do not take into consideration the amount spent on food, clothing, and other needs that immigrants do spend in the economy. By increasing the number of immigrants, there will be a natural boost to the economy. Not to mention that sending money home is usually a temporary remittance, and not a permanent one. Most immigrants will resolve debts or get family on their feet in their native country, then focus on building their new life.
We should support the immigration effort to enrich the lives of every citizen in the country. There are many benefits to having a diverse culture; it is an initiative worth investing time and services.
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