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Shahnaz Begum smiles as she enjoys the annual Canada Day celebrations in Montreal, Friday, July 1, 2011. (Graham Hughes/Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
Shahnaz Begum smiles as she enjoys the annual Canada Day celebrations in Montreal, Friday, July 1, 2011. (Graham Hughes/Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

Canada: Our Time to Lead

Multiculturalism: Best of the series Add to ...


Is multiculturalism working for Canada? Is it a resounding success story -- or a reason why we still struggle to define what it means to be Canadian? At what point does accommodating differences become detrimental to nation-building? Are we a nation of enclaves? How can we handle integrating immigrants better?

Most-viewed, most-discussed stories

  1. When multiculturalism doesn't work Quebec’s accommodation hotline is a microcosm of the diversity dilemma. As the first generation of Canadians raised under the banner of multiculturalism graduates to positions of power, fissures are emerging in the Canadian mosaic. More...
  2. 10 leaders on how to change multiculturalism 'We should think of multiculturalism as a work in progress. It is never finished.' An interactive slideshow featuring 10 prominent Canadians and their ideas. More...
  3. A few frank words about immigration Immigration has helped make Toronto one of the most successful and diverse cities in the world. That’s the good news. The bad news is, a lot of immigrants aren’t doing well. Yet there is a taboo on discussing the issue. More...
  4. Diversity: Yes, in my backyard How do we compare with other countries? Take a look at these interactive graphs. More...


Top-scored Catalyst comment
 Canada's version of multiculturism - while seemingly intended to promote if not assure inclusiveness - has, in my opinion led to greater diversity, if not progressive divisiveness... LannyK

Top-scored Reader comment
We do not demand that political problems be left at the border, that old grudges be forgiven, that prejudices be left where they belong... Hobemoa


Expert panel debate: Most viewed video

Which immigrants should get in to Canada? Panelists Tarek Fatah, Jack Jedwab and Marina Jimenez discuss our immigration policy and whether the best and brightest approach is working to bring the next generation of smart minds to the country. More...

Most viewed interactive

Which immigrant would you choose for Canada? Judge our fictional profiles of prospective immigrants, then read what the experts say. More...

Most active live chat

Quebec's accommodation crisis What can we learn from "reasonable accommodation"? Jack Jedwab, executive director of the Montreal-based Association for Canadian Studies and the newly established International Association for the Study of Canada, took your questions. More...

Most active poll and results

Helping immigrants fit in: Whose responsibility is it?

Of the 16,010 votes cast:

  • 58 per cent said it is the immigrants' responsibility
  • 1 per cent said it is the government's responsibility
  • 41 per cent said the responsibility lies with both


Multiculturalism should be struck from the national vocabulary. Instead, Canada needs to refocus the debate, and have the courage to build a successful society around the concept of citizenship. The Globe and Mail
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