Contemporary Canadian Government & Politics:
A Practical Research Guide

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Immigration Policy: Introduction

Immigration — Clarifying Immigration — Bibliographies Immigration — Finding & Evaluating Immigration — Primary Sources

Immigration policy has been used by the Canadian government as a tool to shape this country. From Acts and regulations, Minister's permits and Orders in Council, to less documented government decisions and the discretions given representatives in the field, Canada's immigration policy has been used to encourage and to restrict entry of specific groups of people, to fill labour shortages, to respond to political and economic pressures and security concerns, and to meet international humanitarian commitments.

Although primarily a federal responsibility, the provinces and territories have some jurisdiction as well and have slowly become more involved in setting immigration policy in the last half of the twentieth century.

The related issues of refugee policy, citizenship and multiculturalism are also covered here.

NOTE: The general sources for contemporary Canadian Government and Politics covered in the main portion of this guide should also be used for this topic. The following more specialized sources will provide additional information. (Where no link is given, please refer to the main section of this guide.)

1. Time Out: Starting a Research Project
2. Clarification and Direction: Finding the Facts
Definitions
Facts & Figures
  • General
  • Dates
  • People
  • Statistics
Overview and Background Information
  • Encyclopedias
  • Annual Reviews
  • Textbooks
  • Parliamentary and Legislative Research Papers
3. Bibliographies
4. Finding and Evaluating Substantive Information
Finding
  • Core Journals
  • Indexes
  • Books and other Academic Work
  • Current Events/News
  • Government Information
  • Political Party Information
  • Research Organizations
  • Videos
Evaluating
5. Primary Source Material
Selected Key Resources
  • What Was Said
  • What Was Written
  • Personal Papers
  • Recorded Images
  • What is Happening Now
6. Other Special Topics
7. Citing Sources Used
8. Ask your Librarian!
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