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Canada Becomes Multicultural. Immigration : Up until the 1960s, Canada had a racist immigration policy : Immigrants of British and northern European origin were preferred. It was thought that they would adapt most easily to life in Canada.

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  • Immigration:

  • Up until the 1960s, Canada had a racist immigration policy:

    • Immigrants of British and northern European origin were preferred.

    • It was thought that they would adapt most easily to life in Canada.

    • Although immigrants did arrive from other places, the government tried to limit their numbers.


  • What happened during the 1960s?

  • Canadians became more open towards people of other cultures and countries:

    • Results:

      • 1962: Most limits on immigrants from Asia, Africa, and other origins were removed.

      • 1967: Legislation (law) made Canada’s immigration policy officially “colour blind”.


  • Colour Blind Immigration Policy:

  • Instead of being based on race and origin, acceptance of immigrants is now based on the following:

    • Point system based on

      • Education

      • Employment prospects


  • Pierre Trudeau took another step in 1971:

  • He introduced the official policy of multiculturalism

    • Purpose: To encourage Canadians to celebrate and share their cultures and values with other Canadians.

    • To create a richer culture for all Canadians.

    • To turn Canada into a cultural mosaic instead of a melting pot.

    • To prevent racism by promoting respect for other cultures


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