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Canada Considers Mandatory Language Tests for Immigrants

In a controversial move, Ottowan officials have proposed mandatory language testing for immigrants who want to enter Canada as skilled workers.

As reported in The Toronto Star, supporters of the mandatory English and French proficiency tests claim that, “the measures would make the process of proving they can fluently speak one of Canada’s official languages more transparent.”

Criticism of the proposal ranges from accusations of racism to claims that the mere annoyance of mandatory testing for immigrants from France, the United States, or England might dissuade potential immigrants from contributing to Canada’s economy.

What are your thoughts on the issue?