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Overall, 45.1% of Canadians agree immigrants should become more like the rest of the population — 16.2% said they strongly agree and 28.9% said they agree somewhat.!The survey found 42.5% disagree with that idea — 16.5% strongly and 26% somewhat. However, there are variations depending on where people live, their ages and their mother tongues. For example, francophones and those 55 years or older are the least in favour of immigrants keeping their customs while those under 35 years old and allophones are the most in favour. In Quebec, 53.6% of respondents said immigrants should become more like the rest of the population compared to 36.9% who disagreed. In Manitoba, however, 52.8% oppose the idea compared to 34% who support it.!Ontario and Alberta are fairly evenly split while in B.C. and Nova Scotia opponents of the idea outnumber supporters.


Record number of immigrants enter Manitoba


During 2009 Manitoba saw record numbers of immigrants land in the province. In total 13,520 people chose to call Manitoba home. This is the highest number since records began in 1946.


According to the provincial government, nearly 10,000 of those people chose to settle in Winnipeg while another 3,520 chose other parts of the province. Premier Greg Selinger credits the provincial nominee program for the high numbers, saying more than 75 per cent of new immigrants came through that program. “Manitoba’s immigration initiative has been very successful, not only because more and more newcomers are coming to Manitoba, but because the settlement and language-training assistance being offered are helping them succeed,” said Selinger. “Evidence consistently demonstrates that Manitoba’s immigrants experience one of the highest employment rates and lowest unemployment rates in Canada.”


The majority of the 2009 immigrants came from the Philippines, Germany, China, India and Israel.The Winnipeg numbers are more than Quebec City, Regina, Saskatoon, Victoria, Fredericton and Red Deer combined, according to the province.


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