Immigrants should adopt Canadian values to settle here: survey

“…Nearly nine in 10 Canadians told Environics that they believed this country’s law should always take precedence over religious law for new arrivals. When it came to immigrants, 91 per cent of those surveyed concurred.

Likewise, 88 per cent of Canadians polled agreed that newcomers should become familiar with Canada’s history and culture. Eighty-seven per cent of immigrants agreed.

Nearly eight in 10 Canadians also backed the idea that immigrants should “raise their children as Canadians.” A slightly lower percentage, 74 per cent, of new arrivals agreed.

The survey suggests newcomers adopting Canadian values is a much higher priority for the public than immigrants achieving financial self-sufficiency.

Fewer than six in 10 Canadians said they believed newcomers should become economically self-supporting within a year of arrival – and 60 per cent of immigrants shared this sentiment.”