Canada to in­crease an­nual im­mi­gra­tion ad­mis­sions to 350,000 by 2021

Asian Journal - - WORLD -

Ot­tawa: The Hon­ourable Ahmed Hussen, Min­is­ter of Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Citizenship, an­nounced the new mul­ti­year im­mi­gra­tion lev­els plan for 2019-2021. This new im­mi­gra­tion plan will ben­e­fit all Cana­di­ans be­cause im­mi­grants con­trib­ute to Canada’s eco­nomic growth and help keep Canada com­pet­i­tive in a global econ­omy.

The new plan builds on the strong eco­nomic foun­da­tion laid out in last year’s lev­els plan and con­tin­ues to re­spon­si­bly grow the num­ber of per­ma­nent res­i­dents Canada wel­comes an­nu­ally to 330,800 in 2019, 341,000 in 2020 and 350,000— near­ing 1 per­cent of Canada’s pop­u­la­tion—in 2021.

Min­is­ter Hussen high­lighted the im­por­tance of eco­nomic im­mi­gra­tion in spurring in­no­va­tion do­mes­ti­cally. That’s why the gov­ern­ment’s im­mi­gra­tion plan re­mains fo­cused on at­tract­ing the best and bright­est from around the world with the ma­jor­ity of the in­crease in 2021 al­lot­ted to high-skilled eco­nomic im­mi­gra­tion. New­com­ers are help­ing Cana­dian com­pa­nies suc­ceed and grow in the ex­pand­ing in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy sec­tor, where one third of em­ploy­ees are im­mi­grants.

Canada has wel­comed gen­er­a­tions of im­mi­grants who have brought their tal­ents to, and are an in­te­gral part of, lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try.

Im­mi­gra­tion is a cen­tral pil­lar of Canada’s fu­ture eco­nomic suc­cess. In ad­di­tion to spurring eco­nomic growth, im­mi­gra­tion helps ad­dress the chal­lenges our coun­try faces with an age­ing pop­u­la­tion, and plays a cru­cial role in keep­ing our coun­try at the fore­front of the global econ­omy. Ahmed Hussen, Min­is­ter of Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Citizenship said: “The new mul­ti­year im­mi­gra­tion lev­els plan sup­ports Cana­dian em­ploy­ers and busi­nesses by en­sur­ing they have the skilled labour they need to spur in­no­va­tion and help to keep our coun­try at the fore­front of the global econ­omy. Build­ing on the strong foun­da­tion set out last year and con­tin­u­ing to in­crease eco­nomic im­mi­gra­tion will help Canada stay com­pet­i­tive and at­tract tal­ent from around the world.”

Quick facts

• The new three-year plan in­cludes up­dated tar­gets for 2019 and 2020 of 330,800 and 341,000 new per­ma­nent res­i­dents re­spec­tively, and sets a new tar­get of 350,000 in 2021.

Ahmed Hussen

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