[lg policy] Canada Instates Language Tests for Some Immigrants

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Apr 13 15:37:41 UTC 2012

Canada Instates Language Tests for Some Immigrants

Canada has become a popular destination for studying abroad, as noted
in the April 2011 issue. Canada has also become an ideal location for
immigration as well. CBC News recently reported that people
immigrating to Canada will have to show fluency in either French or
English. The language tests will be instated in June and will be
mandatory for those applying to low or semi-skilled jobs.

The new policy was based on past research that immigrants who have a
certain level of language have more social mobility. “Speaking to
Saskatchewan, this is an English-speaking society,” commented
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney in an interview with CBC News. “You
can’t succeed in a society if you don’t have the capacity to
communicate in it. And it’s unfair, I think, to newcomers to make them
believe otherwise.”

Kenney also noted that the new policy was to avoid mistakes Western
European countries have had with immigration. “A lot of these
so-called ghettos, which are characterized by social exclusion and all
sorts of problems, came about because those governments brought in
people with low levels of education and little or no language
proficiency,” remarked Kenney.

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