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

The content and comments of this blog are not legal advise and and may not be accurate or complete. If you require legal advice, contact a licensed legal practitioner directly. If you post on this blog, you assume full responsibility for disclosing your identity to the public and VisaPlace nor its affiliates are not responsible for protecting your privacy nor your identity concerning your participation in our blog and you assume any risks in participating.

Customer Reviews

Spectacular experience. Completely smooth process, they were able to answer any of my questions any time and I had peace of mind throughout the application time, which was invaluable. I have recommended them to other friends looking for assistance with their applications, and will continue to do so. Worth every penny.

Faith Cheongin the last week

Here, I would like to say thank you so very much for your kind support on extension my visit visa. I am touched and beyond words, I am grateful and thankful for your always help and cooperation. Have a wonderful day.

Setareh Rasaeiin the last week

Great law firm with great staff. My lawyer Rania did a great job for my Canadian work permit and my daughters study permit. You are great in your work. And my Para Legal officer Alicea, you are just amazing. They did not rest until my job was promptly and properly done. Always there to answer my calls, reply my emails promptly. She tried her best and the results were amazing. I recommend visa place if you need the best immigration job. Many thanks to Rania and Alicea.

Charity Musa2 months ago