Section 4 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms embraces the dominant statement of the “Canadian dream”: only citizens are accorded the right to “enter, remain and leave Canada”. Immigration was and remains one of the most significant focus areas of the Canadian socio-political, cultural, demographic and economic life.
Our country’s international ranking status is very high, due to long life expectancy, high average income and robust economy, which makes Canada one of foreign national’s first choices when they think of immigration. Prosperity index, developed by the Legatum Institute, is an annual ranking of 142 countries, based on a variety of factors, such as wealth, economic growth and quality of life. According to the 2013 global survey, Canada holds 3rd place (out of 142 countries) on the Prosperity Index. What is more significant and makes us even more proud is that Canada ranks 1st in the Personal Freedom sub-index due to very high tolerance for immigrants and ethnicities. 94.1% of respondents believe that Canada is a good place to live for immigrants.
Immigrants arrive to Canada under one of three general categories: economic, humanitarian and family sponsorship.
According to the Annual Report of the Minister of Immigration to the Parliament, more than 200,000 people have become citizens of Canada so far in 2014.