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As history has shown, immigration is fundamental to the very essence of civilization. In the words of National Geographic journalist, Michael Parfit, “People have been moving since they were people.” He goes on to cite demographer Kinglsey Davis who identifies two key factors as the underpinnings of migration. First was the ability of early humans to adapt to any number of conditions. Second was the burgeoning diversity of cultures – born of population growth – from which inequalities developed between different groups. While the first factor “gave us the key to the door of any room on the planet” the second “gave us reason to use them.” Migration has been at the core of many great events in history, both as a cause and an effect. Religions have spurred on pilgrims and settlers; wars have left refugees in their wake and made new land available for conquerors; political upheavals have displaced millions; economic innovations have drawn workers from across the global and environmental disasters have forced survivors to replant elsewhere. (Michael Parfit, Human Migration (October 1998), National Geographic, No. 4, p. 6, at 14).

Clearly, immigration is an enduring facet of the evolution of humanity and has deeply informed the course of history. More recently, immigration has become crucial to the development of the nation of Canada. Many people choose to immigrate to Canada based on its reputation as a politically moderate, economically prosperous and culturally rich society.

Immigration and the subsequent integration of once disparate cultures has proved a dynamic force in the development of Canada’s political, economic and social histories. In the twenty-first century, more than ever before, the human face of Canada is culturally rich and varied. In recent years, multiculturalism has become more than just a catchphrase – it is now established as an enduring facet of Canada’s policy and legislation. This explains, in large part, why so many people choose to immigrate to Canada.

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) annual immigration levels have risen from 85,000 in 1985 to about 225,000 today. Clearly, Canada is a rapidly growing country. Another recent study conducted by CIC has found that the Greater Toronto Area is by far Canada’s premier destination for recent immigrants, accommodating over 40 per cent of all newly settled immigrants to Canada.

Because of its location in Toronto, BLG is experienced in dealing with a large volume of clients who come from a wide variety of backgrounds. They are also familiar with the potential barriers to entry faced by immigrants to Canada. The Immigration lawyers and staff at BLG are prepared to go the distance for their clients to ensure their entry to Canada is smooth.


Canada is commonly recognized as one of the most desirable countries in the world in which to live. The flow of immigrants to Canada is, therefore, very strong. According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), annual immigration levels have risen from 85,000 in 1985 to about 225,000 today. On a per capita basis, Canada admits more immigrants than most other countries in the world.

The Government of Canada has responded to the significant influx of immigrants by creating immigration policy objectives which have been codified in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). These policies are essentially a vehicle through which Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) can both manage immigration in the public interest and assess its contributions to Canada’s multicultural tradition and expanding economy. Another key component of Canada’s immigration policy is a dedication to protecting refugees and displaced persons.

The interplay of policy objectives with immigration regulations creates a tenuous dynamic that must be considered when framing applications. At Ormston, Bellissimo, Rotenberg, we are sensitive to the implications of immigration policies and regulations and take these factors into consideration before preparing our clients’ applications for submission. Our ultimate goal is to frame our clients’ immigration history in the most favourable light and to cater to the standards of assessment utilized by the immigration officers in charge of determining the merits of an application.