Immigration, Arts & Culture

This area deals with demographic transformations and their economic impact, especially on labour market dynamics affecting permanent and temporary migration to Canada.  From a historical context, Canada has welcomed people from all corners of the earth to help lay and shape the foundations of the country.

Indeed, Canada is nicknamed “nation of immigrants” and widely cited as a paradigm for successful immigration and integration policies.  Immigrants to Canada have been a positive source of social transformation and cultural diversity contributing to its economic growth, resilience, and global competitiveness.  

According to Statistics Canada, more than 17 million people have immigrated to Canada since the Confederation in 1867. The mainstay of Canada’s immigration system is driven by three pillars—the economic class; the family class; and the humanitarian class. These limbs are designed to balance Canada’s economic self-interests with the country’s generosity and compassionate disposition to offer a haven to those who need help from around the world.

High immigration of people has been the key source to Canada’s population and labour-force growth, especially in the context of the country’s ageing population and skilled labour scarcities.

Aegis Council’s research program interrogates the data and provides key insights into how the Canadian government could enhance its approach to immigration policy that responds to and adjust to the shifting needs of the Canadian labour market. We hold forums to discuss and promote Canadian immigration programs.