Canada wants a million new immigrants over the next three years, to respond to the country's economic needs.
On November 1st, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen announced the Government of Canada’s historic multi-year immigration levels plan.
The plan, dubbed, Growing Canada’s Economic Future, will see Canada welcoming 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018, 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020.
Canada will welcome 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018, 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020.
Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen said, “This historic multi-year immigration levels plan will benefit all Canadians because immigrants will contribute their talents to support our economic growth and innovation, helping to keep our country at the forefront of the global economy.”
This ambitious multi-year immigration plan is aimed at supporting both Canadian businesses and labour market needs in the face of slowing labour force growth and an ageing population.
Increased levels will also create the space needed to reduce backlogs and decrease processing times for families sponsoring spouses, children, parents, grandparents, and caregivers.
“The 2018-2020 multi-year immigration levels plan also fulfills our commitment to offer protection to those in need.
“Canada’s well-managed immigration system is unique in the world. It places great emphasis on providing assistance to recently arrived newcomers to weather their migration transition period, learn English or French, find meaningful employment, and establish themselves in their communities,” the government release states.
The plan was announced after Mr Hussen heard from a variety of stakeholders, including businesses, labour, provinces and territories, families and advocates.
Indian immigrants form a significant part of Canada's population. According to National Household Survey, about 121,400 or 10.4% immigrants in Canada in 2011 came from India. Today, approximately 1,533,545 people or 4.5% of the Canadian population is Indian-origin with majority of Indian immigrants residing in Toronto and Vancouver.