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Accessing Social Services as a Canadian Citizen

Accessing Social Services as a Canadian CitizenAs people grow up, they tend to rely on the generosity and guidance of their parents, who provide for basic needs and often do their best to provide for others, as well. Young people may have a difficult time adjusting to life outside of the home, as they find many of their needs and desires suddenly unserved by family members, and may need to seek out their support from other sources. Through working steadily, people are often told, they’ll be able to keep themselves afloat and can even work towards a significant level of prosperity. Yet this may not always be the case, particularly for people in parts of the world where finding and retaining work can be a challenge. In response to these challenges, most countries today offer some measures of social support to their citizens, helping those who meet with difficult times get back on their feet. Canada is well known for its considerable collection of social services and support systems, aimed at keeping Canadian citizens healthy and able to take care of themselves and their families. While these services may be especially desirable for immigrants, they are largely out of reach, and despite the national climate of friendliness towards newcomers, some Canadians may be strongly against the availability of any social services whatsoever to non-citizens.

While there are many reasons for which immigrants are persuaded to seek out Canadian citizenship, the ability to access social services is one of the strongest. Finding help with securing employment, getting quality health care for oneself and for loved ones, talking to counselors and other professionals well-versed in the specific challenges faced by newcomers, and taking advantage of any number of other opportunities can lead to a more enjoyable and stress-free life in Canada, and while immigrants may ironically be one of the largest groups in need of such services, the attainment of citizenship through taking the citizenship test and completing an application is often necessary before any personal benefits can be expected.

When immigrants change their roles in Canada and decide to become citizens, they take on some responsibilities just as they claim certain advantages. Among these responsibilities, paying taxes and voting are especially important, and they help to create, facilitate, and change the course of the very social services that new citizens may wish to access. This system of give and take is often able to help create valuable programs that truly understand and meet the needs of those they serve, all while ensuring that special programs are well-supported financially. Though some new citizens are able to establish themselves in Canada without using any social services whatsoever, the knowledge that help is available if and when it’s needed can serve as a great source of comfort to those freshly acquainted with Canada. As participating members of the country’s social system, new citizens bring valuable insight to the country’s operation just as they can benefit from its administration.

4 Comments

  • Paula Camaño September 18, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I think that if a citizen is thinking in becoming Canadian just because of social services he or she is committing a great mistake. When you decide to become Canadian you are leveling your life status higher, not lower. Thinking in social services is like giving up the fight. Like not wanting to work for it or get there.
    One needs to be successful.

  • Sannna Ohu October 7, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    One would expect never to need such services as we want to have a good life and be able to self sustain.
    Still the fact that this actually works in Canada gives me comfort and strength to face the citizenship test. The test is a small step towards a big number of benefits.

  • Marcelo Villa October 18, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Agreed with Sanna there. The Canadian citizenship test is just a small detail towards a mountain of great things.
    I love the fact that I will for once get real social security. Its a knowledge that escaped me for a long long time.

  • Ana Blanco November 11, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    So really this leaves us one final thought. The citizenship test is more than a necessity on Canadian perspective and is less than a burden for us.

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