How Canada’s Expat Muslim Community is Bringing Hope This Ramadan
APR 28, 2020
Over 3.2% of Canada’s population belong to the Islamic faith, which means that over 1 million have already immigrated to Canada to join its Muslim expat community. As Muslim people enter the first week of Ramadan, many will be facing challenges as COVID-19 lockdown continues in Canada. Although many will not be able to go to mosque for prayer or eat suhoor (meal before dawn) and iftar (meal at dusk) with their family members, many have chosen to see it as a test of their faith more than anything else. For example, many Muslim people are taking to virtual ways to partake in the daily call to prayer as well as hosting virtual iftar dinners to break their fast. Many Canadian Muslims are also using this opportunity to give back. Various Islamic charity groups have stepped up to make a difference in the lives of all Canadians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of their race or religion.
“This is a human problem. It doesn’t know any race or religion.” - Imam Rizvi
According to CBC News, Penny Appeal Canada in Toronto has donated over 4,000 relief kits to help families during these trying times, while Imam Sayyid Rizvi’s mosque (Jaffari Community centre) donated $25,000 in personal protective equipment (PPE) to aid Canadian hospitals. Canadian Islamic business owners are also doing their part to help frontline workers. Fredericton local restaurateur, Naz Ali, has taken to preparing and offering delivery from a special Covid menu from his Caribbean Flavas restaurant to anyone in need. These are just some of the many acts of kindness that the Canadian Muslim expat community continue to exhibit daily during the holy month of Ramadan. Besides offering an amazing quality of life, including social benefits such as free public healthcare and secondary education, great job opportunities with high salaries, extra parental leave and job insurance, Canada is also known to be one of the most tolerant, inclusive and welcoming nations in the world. In fact, Canada embraces immigrants so much that it has dedicated over 80 immigration and visa options to help welcome 340,000 newcomers in 2020 alone. But what is everyday life truly like for Muslim expats in Canada in 2020?
Top 5 Reasons Why Muslim People Choose to Immigrate to Canada?
1. Quality of Life
Canada is world-renowned for its high quality of life. It is not only one of the safest countries to live in globally but offers its citizens and permanent resident’s free public healthcare, low air pollution and healthier lifestyle, political stability as well as tolerance and freedom of religion. Being one of the most welcoming and accepting communities worldwide, when you immigrate to Canada, both you and your loved ones can enjoy the life that you deserve, without having to lose your cultural identity. Canada’s liberal government prides itself in incorporating multiculturalism and welcoming newcomers with open arms. The Canada For Me Immigration Office has developed a Newcomers Support Program to help you prepare for your new life in Canada and if you have kids, Kids New to Canada is a great website to get information on regional community resources in each province or territory to help you become acquainted with and settle into life in Canada.
2. Jobs Opportunities
Canada has thousands of jobs available that not only offers high salaries but fantastic job security and additional benefits, such as paid maternity and paternity leave. Canada also has one of the highest levels of job satisfaction, ranking 9th in The World Happiness Report. And who wouldn’t be happy with so much to look forward to. By immigrating to Canada, you could stand to earn an average salary of $55,806 per year, work for only 36 - 40 hours per week, enjoy 2 - 3 weeks paid vacation, and for those expecting a new baby, both mom and dad can spend between 35 - 61 weeks paid! And to top things off, the border remains open to temporary foreign workers amidst the COVID-19 lockdown, which means that you can migrate to Canada and join the Muslim expat community sooner than you think. Visit our blog here for the top in-demand jobs in Canada for 2020.
3. Supportive Muslim Expat Community
Canada has a large supportive Muslim community. Canada has over 90 mosques across the country, predominantly located in Ontario with the largest of which, Baitun Nur, in Alberta. Canada also has various support systems in the form of community centres, such as The Islamic Community Centre of Ontario and muslimservices, as well as online communities, such as muslimlink and macnet which will not only allow you to connect with other fellow Canadians within the Islamic community but partake in events and find useful information that will help your integration into the Muslim expat community that mush easier.
4. World-Class Education
When you immigrate to Canada, your children will not only have access to an exceptional secondary public school system that is free to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents but there are also many private Islamic Schools administered by the Muslim Association of Canada. Below are some full-time Islamic schools to consider:
Calgary MAC Islamic School - Bridgeland Campus (Calgary)
Toronto Al-Furqan (Toronto)
Niagra Islamic School (Niagra)
Olive Grove (Mississauga)
Maple Grove (Kitchener)
MAC Edmonton Islamic School (Edmonton)
Abraar Elementary School (Ottawa)
Abraar Secondary School (Ottawa)
Canada’s post-secondary education system also has an extremely high standard. When you opt to study in Canada, you will not only receive an exceptional education but will also open up the opportunity to stay on after you complete you Canadian qualification and live and work in Canada through programs such as the Post Graduate Work Program (PGWP), which could increase your chances of eventually getting permanent residence in Canada.
5. Immigrate with Your Family
Canada values if your application to immigrate to Canada and become a permanent resident approved you can not only bring your common-law partner or spouse with you but, once you have settled in Canada, you can sponsor your family too. This extends to your parents and grandparents, however, you will need to meet certain income requirements as you will be supporting them financially for a specific period of time. What does this all mean for you as a Muslim expat living in Canada? Freedom. Freedom to live your life to the fullest, without prejudice, without discrimination, in a supportive and welcoming community.Ready to start the process of immigrating to Canada? Simply click the link below to apply for your in-depth eligibility assessment and take the first step towards a new life in Canada.
How We Can Help You Live Your Canadian Dream
Navigating the Canadian immigration system can be a bit tedious, with a copious amount of forms and documents to complete and strict submission dates, we wouldn’t blame you if you felt apathetic about getting started on your application. But that's what we’re here for. At Canadian Visa, we take the stress and hassle out of planning to relocate abroad. Our accredited RCICs (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants)are ready to evaluate your eligibility, review all documentation and submit all documentation on your behalf. Using an RCIC not only gives you the best possible chance of receiving an ITA but will make the entire process simple and stress-free. We handle the paperwork while you take it easy. All you have to do is complete our online eligibility form and we’ll take care of the rest. It's just that simple. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram for the latest in Canadian immigration new