Canada Family Discriminatory Policy

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada Family Sponsorship Program: Justifiable regulation or discriminatory policy? Brown, Jeffrey A. “The current immigration legislation establishes certain financial eligibility requirements associated with family sponsorship. In particular, persons who rely on social assistance are barred from sponsoring their relatives to Canada and therefore will not be able to reunite with their families in Canada. What is your opinion on financial eligibility requirements? Are they discriminatory against the poor or are they a justified pragmatic government policy? Explain your answer.” The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (hereafter IRPA) lists several objectives, at the beginning of the act,…show more content…
Some can view the guidelines as discriminatory against those of low-income by preventing them from reuniting with family. On the other hand, others see them as a necessary and justifiable policy introduced by government in order to control the level of government-dependant immigrants in the country. In order to decide whether or not these guidelines constitute discrimination, they must be looked at under the eyes of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (hereafter Charter). The Charter is applicable here because it is being applied to the sponsor, who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, as required under s.130 of the IRPA Regulations. When reviewing the rights enshrined in the Charter, it is clear that none of these rights pertain to any form of discrimination with regard to financial issues or requirements. Since there is no section of the Charter being violated by imposing financial responsibilities on someone wishing to apply for sponsorship, these guidelines do not constitute discrimination before and under the…show more content…
With no actual discrimination present, it is important to look at reasons for why people feel as though they are being discriminated against. In any situation which a person has some sort of emotional attachment, their ability to see the reality of that situation can be altered. As an example, if at any time an applicant has his sponsorship denied, the only realization which tends to exist is that they will not be able to reunite with their family, causing the emotions mentioned earlier. Because sponsors have a strong emotional bond for the family member which they would like to bring over, the truth with regards to this situation can again be considered to be altered. In these cases, the sponsors are concerned more with reuniting with family than if they will be actually capable of providing for them. A sponsor with no money whatsoever will still feel that he should be approved for sponsorship, saying that a minimum income is necessary to be with family is discriminatory.
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