Canada in 2050 ~Assignment
CGC1D0-G / done by: Areeba Tahir
A Brief Demographic Overview
A Brief Overview of Canada's Immigration
Being a country with a lot of pull factors and appeal to people in less-developed or corrupt countries, Canada has a lot of immigrants, who come here in hopes to become permanent residents. The immigration rate of Canada in 2011 was 7.8 while the emigration rate was 1.5, making the Net Migration Rate 6.3. This makes immigrants (or foreign-born people) 20.6% of the total population. Although Canadians have a very diverse background, most of the immigrants have emigrated mainly from all over Asia, but also the Caribbean, Africa, and South-America over the course of the past ten years. When choosing where to reside in Canada, most immigrants tend to live in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec or Alberta. 7 out of 10 immigrants choose to live in the densely populated urban areas such as Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver. A good 19.1% of Canada's total population (mostly immigrants) belong to the Visible Minority Group. Most people in this group belong to the 33.4 to 40.1 age group (Baby-Boomers). Camada's population, economy and reputation is mainly because of the abundance of immigrants the country is host to.
A Brief Overview of Canada's Aboriginals
Canada has a very diverse population, made up of cultures and ethnicities from all over the globe.
The passport is a legal representation of being a proud, and permanent citizen of Canada.
Idle No More Protests
Idle No More is an Aboriginal group of people protesting against the violation of treaties, and the way their current population is treated.
What will Canada be like in the Near Future...2050?
In my opinion, both Canada's birth and death rates will decrease. First off, the trend amongst most people in their adolescence now is to have 1-2 children in the future. There will be a minimal number of children being born and people deciding (or planning) on starting a family later on in life in comparison to the current trends. As of now, the fertility rate in Canada is 1.63 births per women, and if the population of children being born even now is decreasing (population pyramid above), the number of children being born in to the next generation(s) will rapidly go down as well in developed countries such as Canada; these trend are more significant in the urban areas of even developed countries. This might not be a very negative thing as the world population is getting out of hand, also increasing the poverty almost half the world population faces. On the other hand, the death rate will decrease as well, as the life expectancy is predicted to increase, "slowing" the death rate. Many diseases will are also predicted to being cured shortly, also affecting the death rate in a positive manner- decreasing it. Overall, the Natural Increase Rate will also increase. To conclude, the population of Canada will be steadily decreasing over the next 40-so years, increasing the N.I rate.
Change in Future Immigration
The future of Canadian Immigration, in my opinion will surprisingly increase. This might be due to the fact that a lot of countries might not have an easily accessible source of fresh or clean water, whereas Canada is the host of the Five Great-Lakes, already having the most amount of fresh water in the world. Also, due the temperature shifts throughout the world due to the predicted extreme global warming, Canada might be considered a nice place to live with a relatively cooler/warmer temperature due to our current moderate climate, and the location of water cooling and warming the surrounding air, depending on the weather. In addition, Canada's diverse population, high living standards, along with free and high-class education and health-care, compared to the corruption and poverty occurring in the eastern side of the world will attract the people living in those scarce to Canada.("The West and the Rest"-Hans Rosling)
The most hopeful immigrants in the future will be from countries facing high poverty, war, and overpopulation. In my opinion these will be the countries such as China, Afghanistan and Iran (and other Middle-Eastern countries), and many other undeveloped countries in Africa, and South America. Most people will want to settle in places all over Canada that provide a fresh source of water, and a culture similar to the immigrants' own. Although the choice of urban or rural is a personal choice, the urban hotspots of 2050 will not be a lot more different than now as the attraction would still be in the same areas (Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal). But as the current "hotspots" will be most likely overpopulated and "full", the ones in the future will most likely be nearby to these highly in-demand cities and communities.
But even though, the demand of Canadian immigration may increase, the policies will probably grow more strict as well due to such a high demand, in order to ensure that anyone immigrating to Canada is suitable for our country and vice versa. These judgments will probably be based on a point-system similar to the current one, but one that is much more strict and needs more points to be eligible for citizenship.
Future of Canadian Aboriginals
*Hopefully many more occasions will present themselves to improve the relations between Aboriginals and Canadians.
How will my Life differ in 2050 from my Parents Current Life in Canada?! ~Audio Clip~
My Life in 2050 by AreebaTahir
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