I went a little bit overboard when finding Immigration Statistics to support the benefits of this request. Statistics Canada has so much neat information! It would have been better if they had a chart of immigration by nationality into each province. Perhaps this is available by contacting Statistics Canada directly!
Previously, I had referenced an article from Ontario stating how the province expects that 375 residents from Australia will exchange their licences in Ontario every year as a result of a new agreement, but then I found the immigration statistics from Statistics Canada. It’s worth noting that in the year that Ontario signed their exchange agreement with Australia (2010) that predicted 375 licence exchanges, there were under one thousand Australians who settled as permanent residents in Canada. This figure is absolutely dwarfed by French settlement in Canada as permanent residents, with over 6,200 in 2012, and over 5,800 in 2015. (Looking at the years from 2006-2015, French immigration into Canada is an increasing trend – links can be found on the statistics page.)
The statistics on the French side of things were much more general, and were only detailed in regards to the countries with the most nationals living in France. I might be able to get in contact to ask for specifics regarding Canadian immigration.
Until I receive feedback, that’s all for now!
- Changed formatting of Alberta’s reciprocal licence agreements page.
- Updated France’s reciprocal licence agreements page to include information regarding some Canadian and US provinces that seems to be newer than the French document regarding exchanges.
- Added a whole new section, “The Case of Alberta and France,” that discusses not the general attitudes of each jurisdiction to reciprocal licensing, but the specific factors that come into play in regards to these two licensing jurisdictions.
- Subsections include one discussing how the agreements can benefit both jurisdictions, and one discussing the reasons why this exchange agreement might not have included motorcycle licences when it was signed in 2008, and how reasons presented to me by the GoA don’t make sense as they don’t seem to apply to other jurisdictions with motorcycle exchange agreements (mainly, some US jurisdictions).
- Added a new section to document my communication with governments. So far, includes queries sent to GoA (and their answers) on December 1 and 5, 2016.
- Will include letter being sent to the Embassy in Ottawa. Because all matters with France seem to be federal, and the (seemingly out-dated) exchange list is prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, they seem to be a good contact point for the French side of things… but the French MFA site says that if I’m abroad, I should contact my diplomatic mission. As I have no idea who would handle this query, as it is a matter between provincial governments and the French public service, the letter shall be addressed to the Ambassador, politely asking to forward it to the relevant entity.
Gosh, this is why I have so little free time… but it is interesting!
Today, the site has gone live! As I gather information and update the other pages of the site, the blog page will provide a summary of progress in regards to this project, and will contain some information that does not fit into the other pages.