A new report by True North Initiative obtained exclusively by the Toronto Star, reveals that from November 2015 to December 2016 over 1.4 temporary resident applications were rejected by the Canadian government.
According to the report, which does not specify the country of origin or nationality of the applicants, the vast majority of applicants were rejected because of misrepresented material facts, criminality or risk of not returning to their home countries at the end of their stay in Canada.
Of the 1.4 million applicants whose applications were rejected, more than 300 people were stopped from entering Canada because they were found to pose a risk to national security:
9 people were found to have engaged in espionage or subversion against a democratic government, institution or process
13 engaged in or instigated the subversion by force of a government
7 engaged in terrorism
26 were found to be a danger to the security of Canada
5 engaged in acts of violence that would or might have endangered the lives or safety of Canadians
79 were rejected for being members of an organization that engages in espionage, subversion or terrorism
48 were suspected of committing crimes against humanity or war crimes
31 worked in a senior capacity for governments that have engaged in terrorism, human rights violations, genocide, war crime or crimes against humanity
14 were refused visas for being residents of a country against which Canada has imposed sanctions
According to an Angus Reid poll, 50% of Canadians surveyed said that terrorism and ISIS far outweigh other concerns such as climate change, the economy and global poverty and 66% said that precedence should be given to securing the national borders and dealing with Canadians involved in terrorism domestically or overseas.
Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at [email protected]