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O Canada: Here’s why we’re becoming the country of choice for immigrants

The country is laying out a welcome mat for people from around the world
By 2021, Canada wants to attract 350,000 immigrants a year. Photo: iStock

In recent years, a number of political and economic issues have been rising across the globe—Brexit in Great Britain, immigration debate in Germany, economic hardships in Latin America, and border restrictions in the United States.

No wonder Canada is becoming the country of choice for many immigrants who want to escape the unrest. And the country is laying out a welcome mat for these people; by 2021, it wants to attract 350,000 immigrants each year.

Canada, which was built by immigrants, believes that it can become even stronger by the contributions of others. However, the country also needs a bigger workforce if it is to reach its full economic potential.

“Canada welcomes everyone regardless of race or religion,” says Rachel Gary, COO of Canada Direct. “The Canadian government wants brilliant minds and skilled workers to come here.”

It’s perfect timing for everybody who wants to immigrate to Canada. “More and more people want to become Canadian citizens,” Gary says. “North America has always had huge appeal to people from around the world, even Europeans. Now, with everything that’s happening in the States, more are turning to Canada.”

People see Canada as a place where they can thrive and grow.

But, to say that their home country is in political or economic turmoil is not enough in order to immigrate here. The majority of Canadian immigration requirements are based on people’s ability to contribute to the economy.

“When people come to us asking for information, we make sure they meet proper age and education requirements,” Gary says, adding that Canada Direct can walk you through the whole immigration process from the very first application to sending documents for your permanent residency.

“There are things that the Canadian government asks of the potential immigrant. It works on a points system and we help people get the required number of points. For instance, everyone, even if they are native speakers, has to take an English proficiency test. We provide the course and help them prepare. We let them know which documents they need and how to bring them up to Canadian standards. If they are able to apply to multiple programs, we do hybrid applications.”

Finding out if you’re eligible to immigrate to Canada is easy. For more information, visit Canada Direct.