Is cutting parent and grandparent immigration to Canada really all that “sensible”?

We recently blogged about how Citizenship and Immigration Canada might be targeting parent and grandparent immigration in order to put more focus on economic immigrants instead of family reunification.

A column appeared in the Edmonton Journal shortly afterwards, making an argument as to why this is a good idea, suggesting that parents and grandparents of immigrants to Canada are not likely to work or pay taxes and are thus a drain on Canada’s economy and social services.

This is unfortunately a popular myth about immigrants in general and is not normally limited to just parents and grandparents.

However just last week a rebuttal to this argument was published, also in the Edmonton Journal. This article is a great read and offers a personal perspective on what parents and grandparents of immigrants really bring to the table: as home buyers who pay property taxes and caretakers of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren so their parents can work hard and pay their own taxes – among many, many other things. This full article is available here.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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