Ontario Minister Laura Albanese spoke to the federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Ahmed Hussen, and reiterated Ontario’s open door stance with respect to receiving immigrants and refugees from all countries, irrespective of race, ethnicity or faith.
“Ontario’s economic and social strength is built on our traditions of openness and diversity,” she said. “Since December 2015, Ontario has received approximately 20,000 refugees, including over 16,000 refugees fleeing the Syrian crisis and the remainder coming from other countries across the globe.
“Communities across the province have embraced our new neighbours and through the collaborative efforts of governments, settlement agencies, the broader non-profit sector, the private sector as well as everyday Ontarians, refugees are finding homes, their children are attending school, jobs are being found and the process of integration is well underway.
“I want to emphasize that the Ontario government is committed to ensuring that our province continues to be a safe destination for members of all faiths, including our brothers and sisters who practice the Muslim faith.
“We will proudly continue to welcome people from all parts of the world as we continue to create economic security and opportunity and develop the diverse and inclusive communities where all people thrive.”
Canada, which regularly makes it to the top of the list of the best countries in the world was ranked number two globally on another list recently, placing behind Germany. On quality of life, however, it was number one on the list that ranked 60 countries. Quality of life is calculated based on several factors including affordability, job market, economic stability, political stability, safety, healthcare and education, etc.