Canada is what it is – a multicultural haven – because of immigrants who come here to start a new life and thus make it better for everyone living here. Through philanthropy, innovation, arts, science, entrepreneurship and many other avenues, immigrants continue to make Canada a shining nation in the world stage.
Canada has been a land of immigrants since the first European colonizers of the 16th century, a trend that continues today. Currently, annual immigration in Canada amounts to around 300,000 new immigrants – one of the highest rates per population of any country in the world. According to the 2016 Census, 21.9% of the Canadian population were foreign-born or immigrants i.e. every one in five Canadian is an immigrant.
In late October 2020, the Canadian government announced the most ambitious immigration plan in the nation’s history. Beginning in 2021, Canada is aiming to welcome more than 400,000 new immigrants every year for the next three. This goes to show that immigrants are important to Canada. It is for this reason that RBC and Canadian Immigrant, recognize the accomplishments and contributions of immigrants in Canada each year.
RBC and Canadian Immigrant host annual Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards, the voting for which is now open. Started in 2009, the award puts a spotlight on immigrants who’ve toiled to make Canada standout. These are the immigrants who left the comforts of the known or some who were forced out due to conflict and war to embrace a life in an unknown territory. In doing that they did not just live up to the immigrant dream but continue to inspire many others, immigrants or not.
Out of the 75 immigrant achievers shortlisted, top 25 will be chosen through voting. This year’s immigrants come from forty nations in different corners of the world – Mexico to India, Trinidad and Tobago to the Philippines, Nepal, Colombia, Jamaica, and Nigeria– to name a few.
“Immigrants increasingly make up a large portion of our population and have made – and continue to make – immeasurable contributions to the Canadian economy, Canadian society and Canada overall. These contributions are even more apparent in these challenging pandemic times, as the country comes together in the face of adversity regardless of race, culture or country of origin,” the announcement for voting said.
The Immigrant Life applauds this initiative to acknowledge immigrants in Canada. Whether you are an immigrant or a native-born, these individuals have made a remarkable contribution to many spheres of our society. Go ahead and show them your appreciation by voting NOW.