Immigration to Canada
Steerage Passenger Inspection & Vaccination Card - Canadian Port of Entry (Quebec) - 1912 for Immigrant William (Wm.) Cudby on the SS Corsican Departing from Liverpool 27 June 1912 and Arriving in Quebec 4 July 1912. He Cleared Immigration the Following Day. Immigration Documentation Collection, Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives. GGA Image ID # 776afd26e4
Canada is a huge country. In fact, it is half a conti nent, with Provinces as large as European States, and obviously conditions must vary considerably. The intending settler, male or female, has ample scope for pick and choice, and the services of this Department of Canadian Government Emigration Services, are not only desirable, but in many cases essential, before a decision is arrived at by those who are destitute of friends in Canada to advise them.
The report of the Superintendent of Immigration upon the work of this branch of the department will be found under Part II of the general report. As a result of the system of classification which was inaugurated some time ago, a statement is now submitted by the superintendent from which the origin of new arrivals may be readily ascertained.
The general feeling throughout the districts affected by the immigration of the Hindu is not at all favorable to him. Although no outward manifestation of hostility has been apparent, there lies underneath a simmering of dislike, as evidenced in several instances of late.
CANADA'S present policy on immigration dates from the year 1897, when Mr. Clifford Sifton took office in Ottawa as Minister of the Interior. During the past decade, the Dominion Government has not merely encouraged immigration but has fostered it by every means within its power.
The Canadian Immigration Law (1910)
Notwithstanding the fact tiiat Canada makes persistent efforts to promote immigration its law relative to the exclusion of undesirable immigrants is liardly less rigid than that of the United States. In fact the classes excluded under the laws of both countries are nearly identical, as will be seen from the following comparison of such sections of the Canadian law as relate to exclusion with Section 2 of the United States law.
The following passages are taken from the report by Miss F. M. Girdler and Miss Gladys S. Pott, the Commissioners who recently visited Canada on behalf of the Oversea Settlement Committee to ascertain what openings there might be for the employment and settlement of women upon the land, and what demand, if any, existed for women in industrial, commercial, and other classes of occupations.
The Dominion still wants agricultural immigrants, and aids them with loans, but the United States law restricting immigration complicates the whole problem—Signs that the European tide will seek to make Canada a gateway to the United States.
The Canadian Department of Immigration and Colonization continues to apply such immigration regulations as are required to carry out the policy adopted by the Canadian Parliament.
Ex-servicemen wishing to settle within the Empire overseas, may obtain free third-class passages for themselves and their dependents to the nearest convenient port to their destination in Canada.
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