Unfortunately the Star article, One-fifth of New Canadians arrive with no money: report, does not break out what “better government programs” means in any detail.
The same article reveals that 19% of immigrants arrive with no money at all. Being broke and an immigrant is not a bad thing in itself, Canada has a rich history of immigrants who “made good” from very humble beginnings.
Still in age when more and more jobs are being lost to automation, overseas outsourcing or in Ontario’s case being driven out of province by government policy does our mass immigration policy make sense any longer? I get the feeling that our politicians are fighting this war with the last war’s tactics.
Typically many first jobs for new immigrants were found in manufacturing and service industries. These jobs are disappearing.
How many new immigrants end up on public assistance after their arrival? No one seems to want to ask that question.
Immigration and the Canadian welfare state.