Canada is one of the few countries in the world with an active program for permanent immigration. In fact, Canada accepts more immigrants and refugees, in proportion to its population, than any other country.
One out of every six Canadian residents was born outside the country. Directly or indirectly, immigration policy has touched the lives of every Canadian, and it has helped make Canada a culturally rich, prosperous and progressive nation.
Citizenship and Immigration assesses immigrants and visitors on standards, which do not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, or sex. In addition, the immigration program is universal -- applicants from around the world are assessed against exactly the same criteria.
The Canadian government grants permanent residence visas to members of the Family Class, professionals and skilled workers under the Skilled Worker Class, the Quebec Skilled Worker Class and the Provincial Nominee Class as well as Business Immigrants.