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Canada Can't Afford to Reduce Immigration, Despite Quebec

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Canada Can't Afford to Reduce Immigration, Despite Quebec

Quebec's new government came into office October 15, the Coalition Avenir Québec - QAC. Global News reports their platform "promises to slash the number of immigrants coming into the province and to force them to take tests assessing their knowledge of the French language and of the values outlined in Quebec’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms."

Canada's aging population is a major economic concern for the Canadian government:

In 1971 there were 6.6 people of working age for each senior,
but by 2012 that ratio had gone to 4.2 to 1 and
projections show it will be at 2 to 1 by 2036.

Quebec, and the rest of Canada, are experiencing an aging population and not enough workers to fill available jobs. The Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Quebec says Quebec needs 100,000 workers to meet its labour force needs in the next decade, and nearly 7,000 Quebecers move out of the province each year and fewer than that move in. “Workforce shortages is the number one concern of businesses and entrepreneurs right now. We estimate that Quebec will need to find 100,000 workers over the next 10 years to fill our labour force needs,” said Pierre-Yves Boivin with the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Quebec.

Quebec is the only Canadian province that can set its own immigration policies. The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program "attracts nine out of 10 of its millionaire applicants from Asia, mostly China... only one in 10 of the well-to-do migrants who take advantage of Quebec’s investor program choose to live in that province," reports the Vancouver Sun.

Canada is actively implementing programs to recruit both highly educated, skilled foreign workers as well as low-skilled workers for farm, blue collar and labour jobs:

Immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah says,

We need to attract qualified immigrants to Canada, and provide resources to help them successfully integrate into the Canadian way of life. Immigrants have skills, ability and knowledge that are needed to help grow our aging economy. People from around the globe want to move to Canada and build their lives here and help build a stronger Canada. Our quality of life and values in Canada are very appealing to immigrants and entrepreneurs who want to move to Canada; our cost of living, education system and healthcare are excellent.


Evelyn Ackah

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

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It is one thing to earn a living; it is another thing to make a difference in the world.

This is our formal thank you note to Evelyn Ackah and the Ackah Law Team for all the effort they put into helping us navigate and finally resolve the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration back in the spring of 2012.

A friend referred us to Evelyn; he assured us that Evelyn would take good care of us. Our friend was confident we were in good hands and said Evelyn would do her very best to help us and she did! At the time we did not know that his referral would go far beyond finding us help. Slowly we realized that it would become our own personal story of how we received grace and were reminded of the power in paying it forward

We wrote a detailed page of our dilemma, explaining how we came to be in the position we were in (overwhelmed with the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration and the uncertainty that we faced as a young family in Calgary). Evelyn agreed to take on our file with her team. They found the time to personally call us and listened intently and understood the details of what we were dealing with. They gave us their time, an honest opinion and provided clear direction which proved to be invaluable advice. Months went by but in time, we received word from Ackah Law that the Immigration office had finally reviewed our file and a decision had been made allowing our family to finally put the immigration matter to rest. We were finally able to focus again to live our lives without fear or pending doom.

Looking back now, even the sun appeared to shine a little brighter that day. At first we didn’t know whether to bake them a cake, drive out to meet their team, find their offices and personally thank them with a mighty hug or simply cry out to the heavens in thankful relief. Instead we emailed them to express our heartfelt thank-you and we hoped that they would know deep in their hearts just how grateful we were for all of their help.

Even though we relied on emails and phone conversations to communicate with them that year, we will always remember their constant professionalism, their kindness and understanding at a time that brought us so much pain not to mention fear. As if all their hard work wasn’t enough, Evelyn then then casually mentions that all their work was done pro-bono! We were thoroughly humbled!

To this day we are still eager to share how wonderful they all are as human beings but even more than that, we continue to pay it forward in honour of them, their service to us and their continued dedication in helping others.

Eternally thankful

– The Brummunds

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