Closing the Nation's Doors to Immigrant Women: The Restructuring of Canadian Immigration Policy

  • Sunera Thobani Simon Fraser University
Keywords: Gender and immigration, Citizenship, Immigration, Canadian immigrants


This paper rejects the notion that Canada's immigration program is race or gender neutral in principle. Examining the changes introduced by the Immigration Act of 1976-77, I demonstrate how that Act represented historical continuities in racializing and gendering the nation and immigrants. Furthermore, the current restructuring of immigration will greatly reduce the access of third world women to enter Canada as landed immigrants who can subsequently make claims to citizenship.