Homesteading: Crossing the Canadian Border

Crossing the Canadian border: a guide to emigrating to Canada to start a new life and homestead.

| September/October 1970

  • Quebec Canadian border
    Let's say your situation is the worst possible: You're young, flat broke, know no one in Canada and you would like to become a landed immigrant as soon as possible. How will you do it?

  • Quebec Canadian border

OK, gang. Here it is. In answer to many requests for information about crossing the Canadian border and immigrating to and homesteading in Canada, we've put together the following twenty-one pages.  

By the way, we're becoming convinced that abandoned back-tax land in Canada is probably more attractive than raw unsettled Crown Land. There's less red tape involved, actually less out-of-pocket expense in some cases and always the chance of picking up an old house, farm buildings, a well and—maybe—easy access to power lines in the bargain. Check it out and see what you think.  

The first thing you've got to realize is that the immigrant business is pretty good in Canada these days. In addition to a steady flow of new faces from England, other parts of the old British Commonwealth and Europe, 22,785 independent souls from the United States (double the number of 1961) emigrated to the Maple Leaf Country in 1969 . . . and the first quarter of 1970 ran about one-third ahead of the corresponding quarter last year.

Now these are not all young and impecunious draft dodgers either. One quarter of the folks making the big move in 1969 were doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers (especially teachers!) and other professional people. And the U.S. immigrants (in our fine old tradition of "biggest and bestest"), took more money into Canada with them than all other immigrants combined.

What this means, of course, is that the competition is getting heavier. Or—to put it another way—with greater numbers of better qualified applicants wanting in, the Canadian Immigrations Offices can afford to become progressively more selective . . . and they have. I guess a third way of describing the situation is to say that you now need money and an established career to buy a new start in life.

We're advised that, until about three years ago, a U.S. citizen applying for Canadian landed immigrant status was viewed as just that: A U.S. citizen. Acceptance was almost automatic. Nowadays, however, distinctions are made and each applicant from the U.S. is graded on a super-secret point system.

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