Immigration Watch Canada petition: Tell Canada’s politicians to cut our immigration intake
- BY: Immigration Watch Canada
- TARGET: J. Trudeau, T. Mulcair, S. Harper, E. May, G. Duceppe
If you believe that Canada admits too many immigrants, you’re not alone. Polls show that about half of your fellow citizens, including immigrants, feel that Canada admits too many immigrants.
Since 1991 Canada has admitted about 250,000 newcomers to the country each year, and some want to increase that level to 500,000! Yet no regard is given to the economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts that current immigration levels are having on Canada.
According to 2006 Statistics Canada census data, the median real earnings of Canadians did not change between 1980 and 2005, while those of the top 20% increased by 20.6% and those of the bottom 20% fell by 16.4%. With a current unemployment rate of nearly 7%, there is no need for a mass intake of newcomers.
Canada has lost 3.9 million hectares of prime farmland, about the size of Vancouver Island, since 1971, and the increase in Canada’s population by close to 7 million people has put enormous strain on the roads and other infrastructure of our cities. The additional people have created congestion and loss of greenspace. The number of ethnic enclaves in Canada has mushroomed from 6 to 260 between 1981 and 2012. This has led to the loss of some of our best agricultural land, and put severe pressure on the environment.
Furthermore, Canadian citizens have never been consulted on the immigration policy that is changing their country’s culture and society, testing the limits of the country’s economic, social, and cultural capacity to absorb so many people, and placing a severe strain on its environment and biodiversity.
Therefore, we call upon our government to greatly reduce immigration intake to levels that benefit all Canadians and to develop an immigration policy that takes into account the impact of immigration on the economy, the environment, and the limited capacity of Canadian society to integrate people from many different cultural backgrounds.