Already we have seen declines in enrollment across the country and the closings of some schools due to diminished attendance. The future does not look too bright for those graduating from the nation's teaching schools causing some to rethink their career plans. For institutions of higher learning a decrease in attendance means a decrease in operating revenue which in turn will lead to lay offs and the cancellation of less profitable courses. Education has become commodified and sold like any product on the market and so Canadian universities and collages are dependent on a steady and ever increasing demand for their products of skills training, degrees, or diplomas if they wish to remain a functioning and profitable organization. Education is the product and like any product you need buyers.
This is where immigration comes in. Canadian educational institutions, like immigration law firms and the media, can rely on immigration to inject much needed blood into drying veins irrespective of the fact that the kind of mass immigration they promote may be unnecessary and produce far reaching longterm negative consequences on society, well beyond their concerted self interests.
It doesn't matter if all that awaits the immigrant are contractual/temporary/part time/low income positions even after graduation. Indeed, such a labour market is most favourable to to sellers of higher learning because it encourages a demand for their products, keeping instructors employed, and institutions operational. This seems to be the case now as many immigrants to Canada have met professional roadblocks only to turn to Canadian universities and collages to upgrade their skills. For the observant individual one will notice schools like triOS College advertise quite heavily on multicultural programming television stations like Ontario's OMNITV.
So can we expect impartial, objective opinion to come out of academia regarding immigration? Sadly, the answer is more often than not no. Like the media such a move is suicide. The main product the media sells is audiences to advertisers and if circulation numbers are decreasing so do advertising revenue and so do the numbers employed. The Globe and Mail has announced it will shed 90 positions following an industry trend that has seen the Chicago Tribune file for bankruptcy protection, and layoffs at the L.A. Times and New York Times.
No journalist is foolish enough to question Canada's immigration policy if he or she wishes to remain employed and have their work regularly published.
So too the academic like University of Toronto's Jeffery Reitz who I can't recall once criticizing Canada's immigration system aside from the usual, and tired, "challenges of accommodation and integration" discussion and "how Canada's immigration system is failing immigrants" angle. You can discuss any problem associated with immigration except the main problem which is that Canada accepts too many immigrants most of which have no real job skills or language skills and will contribute little to the country, will compete with the most vulnerable of Canadians for jobs, and continue to maintain and inflate poverty levels in Canada's cities with the attendant social ills. But those are not the concerns of the nation's academics and journalists because after all they don't live in those neighbourhoods most affected by mass immigration policy. That's for other people.
Toronto immigration key to growing university applications
Posted: January 19, 2009, 1:17 PM by Shane Dingman
Joanne Laucius, Canwest News Service
OTTAWA -- More Ontario high school students have applied to university this year than in any other than 2003, the last year of Grade 13, according to figures released Monday.
In the past, economic downturns have produced increases in the numbers of people who want to go to university, said Mr. Genest.
He has a few other explanations for why Ontario’s numbers remain so high, despite the fact that enrolment is dropping in high schools in many districts in the province. While school boards in many areas are closing schools, the population of university-age young people in the Toronto area is still growing. Many universities in other parts of the province see Toronto as an important market for recruiting students.
Immigration patterns suggest many new Canadians have university degrees, and encourage their children to go to university, said Mr. Genest.
At the same time, other provinces are seeing stagnant or declining numbers, he said. Enrolment has flatlined in Alberta and is dropping in Atlantic Canada.