Canadians have been urged to celebrate the nation’s multicultural population which should be seen as being able to attract people from all over the world.

While some countries, such as the United States, the UK and Australia are exploring ways to reduce the number of people moving from overseas, Canada has been leading the way in terms of attracting talented people.

Canada Immigrants

To mark Canadian Multiculturalism Day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has praised the strong, diverse and inclusive approach to immigration that the country currently has, giving it a reputation for openness.

‘Canadians come from every corner of the world, speak two official languages and hundreds more, practice many faiths, and represent many cultures. Multiculturalism is at the heart of Canada’s heritage and identity and as Canadians, we recognise that our differences make us strong,’ he said.

‘Canada’s strong tradition of multiculturalism has allowed our society to benefit from fresh perspectives and find new answers to old problems. It has also helped Canada attract some of the most innovative and entrepreneurial people from around the world, showing that openness is the engine of both creativity and prosperity,’ he added.

The Prime Minister also pointed out that 2017 marks both the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

‘These milestones remind us of the values that unite us such as openness, inclusion, and deep respect for our differences. Whoever we are, wherever we come from, these values bring us together as equal members of this great country,’ he explained.

In the face of US President Donald Trump’s determination to ban some people from entering the country, Canada has said it will remain open. Just this week the US Supreme Court allowed a limited version of Trump's ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect.

The Court will hear full arguments in October, but in the meantime, the court said Trump's ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen could be enforced if those visitors lack a ‘credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States’.

Since January when Trump announced his ban plans, nearly 3,500 asylum seekers have entered Canada illegally from the United States. In June, Canada launched a fast track visa for highly skilled workers, seeking to take advantage of the tougher US immigration environment.

‘Canada will welcome a target of 300,000 new permanent residents in 2017. Planned admissions for resettled refugees in 2017 is 25,000. Immigration continues to play a key role in contributing to Canada’s well-being, to our economic prosperity,’ said a spokesman for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.