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Part of becoming more welcoming is understanding how we select, screen and set up immigrants for success in Canada. Find out how Canada’s immigration system works.

Canada’s immigration system: an overview

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Transcript: “Canada’s Immigration System: An Overview”

Video length: 1 minute, 41 seconds

Bright ambient piano music plays throughout.

The scene opens on a close-up of 2 people talking, and pans out to a diverse group of people standing outside talking together. Among them is a woman (Maria).

Narrator: Immigration is an important part of the Government of Canada’s plan to keep our economy growing.

The scene transitions to a map of Canada.

Narrator: If it weren’t for immigrants, many employers would have trouble finding enough qualified workers to fill available jobs.

“Hiring” signs pop up in several places on the map.

Narrator: This is because Canadians are living longer and having fewer children. There are more people retiring than there are young Canadians entering the job market.

A couple waves from in front of their house to their child, who is boarding a school bus. The school bus drives away with only a few children on board.

Narrator: This also means there won’t be as many workers paying taxes to support our social services, such as pensions and health care. That’s why Canada has a plan for immigration.

The bus drives by a retirement home. On the front porch, a nurse serves hot tea to a resident.

Title screen displays: “Selection”.

Narrator: Every year, the Government of Canada sets targets for each category of immigrant we allow into the country. The majority of immigrants who come to Canada are selected for their ability to contribute to our economy. Canada also has spaces in the immigration plan to reunite families and to help the world’s most vulnerable.

Text displays: “Immigration categories”.

A pie chart displays 3 categories: “Economic contribution” (approximately 60%), “Reuniting families” (approximately 25%), and “Refugees and humanitarian” (approximately 15%).

Title screen displays: “Screening”.

Narrator: Before they arrive, Canada thoroughly screens immigrants to make sure they are in good health, have not committed serious crimes, and don’t pose a security risk. The health and safety of Canadians are the Government of Canada’s top priority.

We are in front of Maria’s computer screen. As Maria scrolls through her file, text displays on the computer screen: “Medical Test”. Maria scrolls more and text displays on the computer screen: “Fingerprints and Photo (Biometrics)”. A greyscale fingerprint turns green as the text displayed underneath changes from “Biometrics Requested” to “Biometrics Received”. A check mark appears in a box beside the word “Done”. Maria scrolls again to the section “Criminal Record”. The record shows “Clear” in green.

Title screen displays: “Success”.

Narrator: When immigrants succeed, Canada succeeds. That’s why we fund services to help immigrants settle in their communities.

Maria is standing in an office with her employer, and they shake hands.

The scene transitions to a classroom. Maria is sitting at a desk and raises her hand.

Narrator: Settlement services help immigrants adapt to life in Canada and put them on the path to becoming Canadian citizens who give back, work, pay taxes and feel at home in Canada.

The scene transitions to Maria, proudly holding a small Canadian flag in one hand and a citizenship certificate in the other.

The scene transitions to a community garden. Maria plants a flower.

The scene transitions to Maria with her spouse. They pose for a photo in front of their new home.

Narrator (also displayed): Learn more about how immigrants enrich our communities at Canada.ca/immigration-matters.

The text changes to “#Immigration Matters”.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada corporate signature is shown on a black background, followed by the Canada wordmark.

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