3 More Untrue Myths About Canadian Immigration

Canadian immigration can quickly become a touchy subject if someone is against Canadian immigration because they have unfair and untrue beliefs about immigrants to Canada. One way for you to open up a positive dialogue about Canadian immigration is to understand the truths behind some of the most common myths about immigration to Canada and Canadian immigrants. This is a follow-up to our original post with the first three untrue myths about immigrants to Canada here.

Myth #4
A doctor or other professional trained in another country will not be as qualified as a Canadian professional in the same field.

Approximately 40 per cent of professionals who were trained abroad in a particular field and then immigrated to Canada are working in that same field in Canada. These professionals have to undergo rigorous training and additional accreditation before they can work in their chosen profession in Canada, including additional training and strict testing to make sure they are just as qualified as Canadian professionals.

Myth #5
Immigrants are unsafe drivers.

A recent study found that immigrants to Canada are actually much safer drivers than Canadian born residents, after tracking one million immigrants and their driving habits in Ontario. In fact, immigrants are only half as likely as a Canadian-born driver to be in a serious accident. The highest proportions of immigrants to Canada are from China and India, and the roads in these countries are nothing to sneeze at.

Myth #6
Immigrants perpetrate crime in Canada.

According to the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, in Canada, immigrants have lower crime rates overall compared to the rest of the Canadian-born population. In addition, immigrants are much less likely to be involved in criminal activities than Canadian-born people.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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