Immigrants make up 20% of Sports Coaches in Canada
Posted on November 6, 2020
For more than a century, immigration has been a means for supporting the economic, cultural as well as population growth in Canada. Across the years, many have migrated to Canada, making it their new home.
According to the 2020 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, “Whether seeking better economic opportunities, reuniting with family members, or seeking protection as resettled refugees or other protected persons, newcomers to Canada have been a major source of ongoing growth and prosperity.”
Immigration has made Canada as we know today, a diverse society with strong social and economic foundations, along with a continued potential for further prosperity and growth.
Supporting the economic and demographic growth in Canada, immigration will continue to be a key driver in advancing the Canadian economy.
Around the year 2030, it is estimated that Canada’s population growth will solely be through immigration. A low birth rate on one hand and an aging population on the other have jointly contributed to a significant gap in the labour force in Canada.
Immigration is looked upon as one of the ways of dealing with the labour shortage.
Since the inception of Canada in 1867, the Canadian identity has been formed by diverse cultures. Immigrants to Canada come from a wide range of source countries.
As per the official statistics, Indians were granted the most number of Canada PR visas in 2019.
|A snapshot of immigration to Canada in 2019|
|Permanent residents admitted in Canada [58% of permanent residents admitted under the economic category]||341,180|
|Travel documents issued to visitors, workers and students.||5,774,342|
|Temporary work permits issued under the temporary foreign worker and international mobility programs||404,369|
|Individuals transitioned from temporary to permanent residents||74,586|
As per Statistics Canada, approximately 1 of 4 workers in Canada is an immigrant.
Immigrants have a significant contribution to make across the different sectors and industries that make up the Canadian labour market.
While there is a high demand for immigrants in the healthcare sector in Canada, immigrants account for 33% of all business owners in the country.
Sports is another field wherein can be witnessed the active participation as well as contribution of immigrants. It is estimated that immigrants make up 20% of all people working in Canada as sports coaches.
|Number of immigrants in sports-related occupations*|
|Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness||16,075|
|Athletes, coaches, officials and referees||2,855|
|Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors||1,595|
*As per Statistics Canada, 2016 Census.
Today, sports in Canada are influenced by a wide range of factors such as the four seasons as well as the social and geographic diversity of the country.
The sport system in Canada allows individuals from all segments of the Canadian society to get involved as well as participate in sports activities at all levels.
Key figures: Immigration Matters in Sports*
|16,000+ immigrants working as program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness|
|2,800+ immigrants that are athletes, coaches, officials and referees|
|20% of all people working in Canada as sports coaches are immigrants|
* As per Statistics Canada 2016 Census.
The federal Express Entry system remains the most sought-after immigration pathway globally. An online application management system, the Express Entry system is managed through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC].
Of the total number of newcomers welcomed by Canada annually, a majority are through IRCC Express Entry.
While the creation of an Express Entry profile is quite a simple and straightforward process, applying for Canadian permanent residence through the federal Express Entry system is by invitation-only.
Securing a nomination by a provincial/territorial government in Canada through Canadian PNP is a way of guaranteeing an ITA by IRCC.
Other ways of acquiring Canada PR include –
- Family reunification
- Start-Up Visa
- Atlantic Immigration Pilot
- Agri-Food Immigration Pilot
- Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
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