Why Immigration

Immigration is a big source of Canada's population.

Applying to become an immigrant to Canada

Step 1: Questions

  1. What education do you have?
  2. How well do you speak french or english?
  3. Do you have work experience?
  4. How old are you?
  5. Has an employer in Canada already offered you a job?
  6. What factors in your background will help you adapt to life in Canada?

Step 2: Criteria

To immigrate to Canada, you need to:

  • Complete a formal application and submit it to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  • Pay an application fee.
  • Pass a medical exam that shows you do not have any illnesses that could endanger Canadians or strain Canada's health care system.
  • Pass a security check that shows you have no criminal record and are not a security risk to Canada.

Why you should come to Canada. Take it from real people who immigrated here from war torn countries.

Fahd Mirza

We came to Canada because my parents wanted a better quality of life than in Pakistan. There’s so much stress in terms of survival in Karachi — the city I’m from. Crime is one of the major problems. You don’t know if you’re going to get home safe or not. Canadian society has helped me in every single way. The most important part is welcoming me and integrating me without any concerns. It has provided me with opportunities for education and work. The government of Canada makes sure that our rights and freedoms are protected. I found out about the Calgary Bridge Foundation last year at school. Our teacher invited the Foundation to talk about the Homework Club, where immigrant kids from Grades 1 through 12 get mentors, like me, to assist them with schoolwork. I help kids in Grades 5, 6 and 9 — especially with math and science because I’m really good at math and science. Being a volunteer gives me so much personal satisfaction. It helps me so much, just a few hours in the whole week. I’ve learned a lot about different cultures and traditions. The kids I work with come from Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. We learn from each other. The most important lesson is how to live together. The big reason I volunteer is that I want to pay back Canadian society for all the things that it has done for me. For welcoming me. Not every country does that.

Source: Social Textbook


Sudan was like World War II. People were fighting everywhere, and nobody knew where they were supposed to go. My family got separated — we couldn’t find each other — so that’s how I became a refugee. Later, I learned that my mom was alive and in Canada. So in 2005 I came here with my two brothers. I was 12 years old, and my brothers were 8 and 9. When we landed in Calgary, my mom came and picked us up at the airport. I hadn’t seen her for eight years. I didn’t remember her — she seemed like another lady. But because she was my mom, I thought, “Okay, I guess I’ll hug her.” When I came to Canada, I didn’t know what it would be like. I didn’t know it was a nice country, a safe country. I thought that there would be war and fighting, like in Sudan. I worry about my dad, and my stepmom, and my stepbrothers. I worry about them when I hear on the news that people are still fighting in Sudan. I hope that they’re safe. Canadians are lucky to live where there is no war. And they are lucky to have good schools. They should thank God, because they are lucky.

Source: Social Textbook