An English Reconquista: The Impact of the Enhanced Language Proficiency Requirements on Canada's Multicultural Immigration Model

Anna Schemmel, Patricia B. Strait
2013 Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences  
The multicultural model of immigration advocates for a blended society, where individuals are respected and cultural, religious and linguistic diversity is celebrated. However; in Canada which has long been an advocate for the multicultural immigration model, a feeling of resentment has recently surfaced toward some immigrant groups who are perceived as a threat to Canadian culture and values. This preliminary study explores the potential outcomes of the newly enhanced English language
more » ... cy requirements on Canada's multicultural immigration model. Historically, the majority of immigrants in Canada have entered through the Federal Skilled Worker Program which uses a point system to determine entrance eligibility. In 2012, however, the language proficiency requirement for this program was made significantly more rigorous, necessitating all applicants to demonstrate a a enhanced level of proficiency in either English or French. Applicants under the newly enhanced Federal Skilled Worker program must now meet a minimum score in language as well as score the minimum number of required points in education, work experience and adaptability as set forth by the Minister. This essay explores the potential outcomes of the new more stringent language requirement and its potential influence on Canada's multicultural immigration model.
doi:10.5901/mjss.2013.v4n10p87 fatcat:ezwy4wzfh5difenudcaxv3uxhq