Canada's immigration patterns, 1955 to present
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This E-STAT activity examines how
the source of immigrants to Canada has changed. In 1955, most immigrants to
Canada came from Europe, while today, the majority come from Asia.
Contributor: Chris Drummond, Statistics Canada Support Teacher.
- To introduce students to retrieving and graphing multiple CANSIM tables.
- To impress upon students the ever-changing cultural diversity of the population.
- To have students understand some of the reasons for immigration and emigration.
Suggested grade levels and subject area
Geography of Canada, Human Diversity Unit
- access E-STAT data on the computer;
- produce two line graphs;
- analyse the two line graphs; and
- answer the questions based on the data shown in the line graphs.
Emigration — to leave one's own country to settle in another.
to become a permanent resident of a country other than one's native land.
- This activity assumes that E-STAT
is available. If computer access is limited, students can work from teacher-generated
- Student worksheet (Retrieving immigration data,
using CANSIM Table 051-0006 in E-STAT)
- Computers with Internet access.
- Distribute copies of the worksheet to your students.
- Review the definitions in the vocabulary list.
- Using a projection unit with your computer, review the E-STAT
procedures required to complete this exercise.
- Have students enter E-STAT and
complete the worksheet.
- Teach students about possible reasons for emigration and immigration.
- Optional — students can hand in their worksheets for grading.
Grade the students' line graphs.
Grade the students' answers to the four questions on the student worksheet.