Canada accepts about 300,000 immigrants per year.
In nine developed countries including Canada, immigrants are more than 20 per cent more likely to be self-employed than the native population.
A 10 per cent increase in the minimum wage leads to up to a four per cent drop in teen employment.
Twenty Canadian studies find that minimum wage hikes reduce employment opportunities for young workers.
A recent series of articles in the Globe & Mail suggested Canada should double its annual intake of immigrants to 500,000 with the goal of raising the countrys population to 75 million in 50 years and 100 million by the end of the century. The justification for this policy is almost entirely ideological. The larger population is needed to give more weight to the authors efforts to convince the world to follow Canadas model of a truly social-democratic, multicultural and eco-friendly society yet there is no discussion of the high economic costs the policy would bring.
Vancouver Sun columnist Stephen Hume (The big picture shows immigrants are a good bet, May 30) dismisses as disingenuous our study for the Fraser Institute that estimated that recent immigrants admitted between 1987 and 2004 cost Canadian taxpayers about $20 billion annually. After consulting the dictionary, we concluded that he is suggesting that we are not sincere and that we are withholding or not taking account of known information.