While many of the economically developed countries are comping up with anti-immigration policies, Canada has decided to welcome more than 1 million immigrants within the next 3 years.
The Canadian minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen presented to the parliament the annual report on immigration. Minister Hussen, who immigrated to Canada as a 16 years old, said that newcomers have always been welcomed in Canada.
“Today, Canada faces new challenges such as an ageing population and declining birth rate, and immigrants have helped address these by contributing to Canada’s labor force growth,” her explained further presenting the findings of the report.
According to Minister Hussen Canada welcomed more than 286,000 permanent residents in 2017, over half of which were admitted under Economic Class programs. Over 44,000 resettled refugees, protected persons and people admitted under humanitarian, compassionate and public policy considerations.
“Also in 2017, the Government of Canada adopted a historic multi-year levels plan to responsibly grow our annual immigration levels to 340,000 by 2020, with 60 percent of the growth in the Economic Class,” Minister Hussen said. He estimated that growing immigration levels, particularly in the Economic Class, will help Canada sustain labor force, support economic growth and spur innovation.
Data from the report presented to the Canadian parliament shows that in 2017, economic immigrants residing in Canada for at least 5 years exceeded Canadian average earnings by 6%. In addition, they were 15-24% more likely to be working than Canadian-born residents were.
It also shows that in 2016-2017, international students and visitors contributed over $31 billion to the Canadian economy.
That is why the Trudeau government projects to admit 350,000 more in 2019 and roughly 730,000 in the following two years together. Previously in November last year, the government announced that it planned to increase annual immigration to 350k by 2021.