Grow­ing Canada’s Eco­nomic Fu­ture

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The Hon­ourable Ahmed Hussen, Min­is­ter of Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Ci­ti­zen­ship

His­toric multi-year im­mi­gra­tion plan sets out high­est lev­els in re­cent his­tory Toronto, ON—For years, we’ve seen how im­mi­gra­tion strength­ens Canada by spurring in­no­va­tion and eco­nomic growth, sup­port­ing di­verse and in­clu­sive com­mu­ni­ties. the Hon­ourable Ahmed Hussen, Min­is­ter of Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Ci­ti­zen­ship, an­nounced the Gov­ern­ment of Canada’s his­toric multi-year im­mi­gra­tion lev­els plan that will re­spon­si­bly grow the num­ber of per­ma­nent res­i­dents Canada wel­comes an­nu­ally. Be­gin­ning with 310,000 new per­ma­nent res­i­dents in 2018, and grow­ing to 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020, this plan sets out the most am­bi­tious im­mi­gra­tion lev­els in re­cent his­tory. This mea­sured, grad­ual in­crease will trend to­wards one per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion by 2020, spurring in­no­va­tion and rep­re­sent­ing a ma­jor in­vest­ment in Canada’s pros­per­ity, now and into the fu­ture. Sup­port­ing both Cana­dian businesses and labour mar­ket needs, the multi-year im­mi­gra­tion plan will foster eco­nomic growth in the face of slow­ing labour force growth and an age­ing pop­u­la­tion. With ap­prox­i­mately 60 per­cent of the in­crease, over the three year pe­riod, in the eco­nomic cat­e­gory, this plan helps dis­trib­ute the benefits of im­mi­gra­tion across Canada, re­spond­ing to a unan­i­mous call by prov­inces and ter­ri­to­ries ear­lier this fall. In­creased lev­els will 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. En­sur­ing that new­com­ers in­te­grate and con­trib­ute to our econ­omy and our com­mu­ni­ties re­mains our pri­or­ity, which is why this his­toric growth is be­ing man­aged through a grad­ual an­nual in­crease over three years. This will al­low set­tle­ment and in­te­gra­tion part­ners time to plan and work with all lev­els of gov­ern­ment to en­sure that our world­class re­sults for new­com­ers con­tinue. This past sum­mer, Min­is­ter Hussen trav­eled across the coun­try and heard from a va­ri­ety of stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing businesses, labour, prov­inces and ter­ri­to­ries, fam­i­lies and ad­vo­cates. They all sent a re­sound­ing mes­sage that in­creased im­mi­gra­tion is a ne­ces­sity for eco­nomic growth, com­mu­nity sus­tain­abil­ity, and keep­ing Canada glob­ally com­pet­i­tive. Quote

“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.” By: Hursh Jaswal Min­is­ter’s Of­fice Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Ci­ti­zen­ship Canada

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