A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada
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SONS AND DAUGHTERS: The Italians of Schreiber
Question 1
By 1958 Italy surpassed Britain as the main group of immigrants coming to Canada.

False. The two most significant waves of Italian immigration to Canada occurred between 1900 and WWI and from 1950-1970. In the early years, most of the Italian immigrants were young men. But later on family "chain migration" from Italy brought increasing numbers. By 1958 Italy surpassed Britain as the origin of the majority of Canadian immigrants. Starting in 1967, new regulations based admissibility on universal criteria such as education. This "points system" restricted the sponsorship of relatives and as a result Italian immigration dropped significantly.


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