Many Atlantic Canadians believe government should screen immigrants for 'Canadian values'

A new survey suggests most Atlantic Canadians believe the federal government should screen potential immigrants for so-called Canadian values.

The Corporate Research Associates survey says 68 per cent of residents completely or mostly support the idea, while 26 per cent completely or mostly oppose it.

Despite the poll results, there's still no definition for what constitutes Canadian values.

"We intend to research the definition of the most common Canadian values," said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates.

"While the definition of Canadian values is yet to be determined, the need for such a definition is clearly evident by the majority of Atlantic Canadians who support screening potential immigrants for Canadian values before allowing them entry into the country."

Conservative leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch has said immigrants should be screened for values that include equal opportunity, hard work, helping others, generosity, and freedom and tolerance.