Mexican in Canada – Mexican Canadian Living in Calgary
Mexican immigration in Canada, is a very interesting topic because unlike the background it has with the United States, on Canadian soil the behaviour of the Mexican has been different. Mexican immigrants represent a small proportion in Canada – perhaps 1% – but even so it is the largest community of Spanish speakers in the territory.
Its origin, comes from the time of the 70’s, when a highly qualified migratory lot entered, of good economic position and with excellent academic endorsement to Canada. These, had such a degree of preparation, that yes they fulfilled all the requirements that Canada requested (unlike the immigrants that on the other hand received USA).
As of that date, the Mexicans began to pay Canadian lands with their work and talent, to the point that every year an average of 5,000 Mexicans entered Canada as a result of contracts and temporary jobs.
This constituted the Mexican-Canadian base (Canadians of Mexican descent) that averaged 0.25% of the country’s population, thus forming the largest fraction of Hispanics in Canada. However, over the years the problems began and they were denied free entry to Canadian soil.
If you are Mexican, surely you know that since 2009 Canada imposed a series of regulations regarding the entry of Mexican citizens into their territory, this, in view of excessive entry of Mexican immigrants in search of asylum. As a result of this, the famous “Visa for Mexicans” was implemented, which consisted of an extensive paperwork that Mexicans should do to qualify and enter the country.
Fortunately for many, this decree was in force until last December 1, 2016 when it was eliminated ¡Adiós visa!
Thanks to an agreement between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and current Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexicans will no longer need a visa.
In return, they will only have to make a short process called ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization), which replaces the migration document.
The ETA is a very simple procedure that can take around two or three days and is based on a simple form. It has a cost of $7, and the applicant will only need his passport, credit card and an email address as part of the identification process. It is a simple system that is done electronically and stored in a Canadian database, just like the ones that are made in some European countries.
It should be noted that this is in the case of tourists, people who want to study or work in Canada, still need the residence and work permits required by the country to all immigrants.
In view of this treaty, Mexico-Canada relations have been improving to the point that they reopened their markets. Mexico opened the market for Canadian beef exports, which had been ceased in 2003. Apart from this, its economy has been supplemented years ago thanks to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that expanded its commercial relations. Since its entry, the Canada-Mexico trade has grown almost 8 times! To the point of placing Canada as the fourth largest investor in Mexico.
Some of the projects that both countries carry out are:
Exports of Canadian agricultural products to Mexico grew by around 500%, and exports of Mexican products to Canada grew by almost 1000% in the last 5 years. This guarantees that Mexican food is available in Canadian supermarkets and vice versa.
There are many Canadian oil and gas suppliers in the Mexican market. TransCanada has invested more than $2,600 million in oil pipelines in Mexico.
They handle the construction and joint production of vehicles for sale in their countries, and other countries of the world. Canada contributes the engineering, research and development part, while Mexico provides skilled labor for the assembly of vehicles and the manufacture of some parts.
There are currently approximately 200 Canadian mining companies in Mexico. Canadian investors have promoted economic and social development, in favor of growth and poverty reduction.
Although in economic development they have known how to grow together, let’s see how their deepest relationship is, the cultural one.
Two countries with territories, governments and so different ways of life Will they have things in common? Let’s see their similarities and differences:
Ethnic culture Their two cultural roots are ethnic, but they have very different aspects, while the Mexican comes from the Nahuas, the Canadian comes from the colonies French, English and indigenous. However, as they start from indigenous streams that both cultures respect and commemorate (that is why it is enough to see people in indigenous dress in Canada) they go hand in hand for their multicultural factor. Their typical foods are the ends of each other. While Canada opts for preparations of meats and sausages such as meat pie (Tourtière), smoked meat or cured meat (Calgary Beef Hash). The Mexican opts for tortillas, chiles, tamales, burritos, tacos and much, much spicy! Their sports and activities are also quite unequal due to the climatic factor. While the Canadian practices: hockey, snowshoeing, sledding and lacrosse; in Mexico we play: soccer, wrestling, boxing, badminton. As for religion we have a great success, and that is that the two countries mostly profess Catholicism or Christianity, and show their religious attachment with the same intensity and respect.100% Party people. Both countries have customs that include parties throughout the year. In Canada there are festivities such as the Winter Carnival, the Winterlude a winter festival, the Niagara, and the Grape and Wine Fair. They also have the Montreal Jazz Festival considered the most important in the world, the National Day of Canada, the Stampede of Calgary, Thanksgiving and other social traditions. Mexico, meanwhile, offers celebrations such as: Day of the dead, Holy Week, The Day of the Magi, Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, 16 September Independence Day, among others Christmas Lovers. The two countries express all their creativity when Christmas touches the door. The Mexican culture prepares for Christmas nine days before December 24, from that day begin the festivities with the first “Posada”, a procession of the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. In the same way, births are made, and a piñata is organized in the form of a star that symbolizes one of the seven deadly sins. In Canada, it is also received with a stir, since the beginning of December the streets and houses with Christmas trees and lights are decorated. During this period, light festivals take place, such as the Vancouver Botanical Garden. On the other hand, in Toronto the Santa Claus Parade is organized, December 24 is Christmas Eve and fireworks are frequent, especially in the large cities such as Calgary (Alberta) and Ottawa (Ontario).