How about something like Homesteading Acts

We all know this is a huge country land mass wise with a small population.

Re: Syrian refugees

While listening to the politicians talk; debate, angst, and wring their hands about this issue, a thought occurred to me: what if our (newly elected) federal government looked at a plan similar to the one implemented many generations ago? Let’s call it a modernized version of the Homesteading Acts.

Canada encouraged and brought tens of thousands of people to Canada from various countries and offered them land to cultivate, farm and develop.

We all know this is a huge country land mass wise with a small population.

Yes, I know that much of the land is not that hospitable. But, if we think creatively, aren’t there areas that could be, and might even need to be developed for agricultural purposes, and small businesses in rural communities and other geographic locations?

It may even assist in helping to populate sparsely populated areas. Actually that is how my wife’s grandparents (et. al.) made it here, as had many other thousands many years ago.

Small businesses, agriculture, farming, small general stores, contributing members of the community, etc. The options could be many and varied for new Canadians. Among this group of new Canadians there are sure to be highly educated, skilled members of numerous professions.

Just a thought


Steve Frankel

Thetis Island

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