Barry Artiste Op/Ed
I must say British Columbia has without a doubt has some of the largest cultural ghettos I have ever seen, where many immigrants fear to tread to smaller towns. Many immigrants should take a page from the East Indian community whose back to the land strategy from their old country have them producing our food, with the exception that in Canada they own and operate large farms, not possible back in their own countries, reminiscent of the original settlers to the Canadian Prairies like the East Indian Canadian Farmer who works the land and continues to make Canada what it is today through their drive, sweat and determination ensuring we have Canadian grown food on the table instead of importing it from other countries. Nice to see these immigrants carrying on a centuries old tradition that is fast disappearing when youth look to the big city lights for better opportunities to the detriment of their farmer families.
Are immigrants to Canada displaying a new tendency to skip past their traditional first stops in the heart of big cities? New data from the Canadian Federation of Municipalities (CFM) suggests they might be.
The CFM measures social indicators in 24 of Canada's largest communities, ranging in size from Toronto and Montreal down to Regina and Sudbury.
These urban centres took in 90% of all immigrants in 2002. In 2006, the figure was 83%.
Most of the change was ascribable to economic-class immigrants, who make up around half of Canada's intake; the flow of refugees and family-class immigrants into the cities remained largely unchanged over the period.