Canada’s multiculturalism and the integration of immigrants in the Canadian society
Multiculturalism connotes that there is equality among diverse people in a society regardless of their religion, origin, race or culture. In Canada, multiculturalism and integration of immigrants matters because they contribute to the economy’s growth, while social inclusion ensures that there is social harmony among diverse cultures. The official recognition of multiculturalism through policy formulations ensures that there is no discrimination on basis of ethnicity. According to Reitz (528) multiculturalism in Canada is an approach toward integration of immigrants and not isolationist. Cultural freedom and political participation of people in Canadian institutions is proof that there is belief in the concept of unity in diversity.Canada is a country of immigrants, and the demographic makeup of the nation has changed significantly over time along with the immigration patterns. Prior to colonization, the nation was mainly composed of aboriginal groups, but colonization brought new demographic trends. During colonization the population of Europeans especially the English and French grew substantially with the nation now populated by three major ethnic groups namely the English, French and aboriginal people.
The emphasis on high education attainment for immigrants recognizes their role in enriching the culture and facilitating growth of Canada’s economy; the government is keener to attract immigrants who can best use their talents, skills and abilities in the country. Multiculturalism makes Canada unique because of the plurality of the nation. Equally, most Canadians have a positive view on immigration and multiculturalism unlike most Western nations where opinion is divided. Ultimately, Multiculturalism is good for immigrants as they practice their culture in an environment that respects them allows international cooperation, trade and peaceful coexistence.