The federal authorities is planning a large improve within the variety of immigrants getting into Canada, with a aim of seeing 500,000 individuals arrive annually by 2025.
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser revealed the brand new targets on Tuesday, saying the transfer was mandatory to guarantee Canada’s financial prosperity because the nation struggles with a labour scarcity leading to 1 million job vacancies.
“Our plan has a focus on economic growth,” Fraser mentioned throughout an occasion in North York, Ont. “And by the third year of this plan, 60 per cent of new immigrants will be admitted under economic immigration categories.”
The plan envisions a flood of recent arrivals that can see 465,000 individuals arrive from outdoors the nation in 2023, rising to 500,000 in 2025, with a heavy emphasis on admitting individuals primarily based on work expertise or expertise.
At the identical time, Ottawa is planning a extra average improve within the variety of relations who shall be admitted into the nation, and an total lower within the variety of refugees.
Fraser sought to defuse criticism of the latter by noting that Canada was a world chief in resettling refugees in recent times, together with Syrians, Ukrainians and Afghans fleeing battle of their dwelling international locations.
He additionally promised the federal government is ready to deal with what shall be an unprecedented inflow of functions from potential immigrants wanting to come to Canada, with a whole lot of recent workers and different modifications to pace the method.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has beforehand been criticized for a backlog of functions from immigrants and potential everlasting residents.
The new plan comes days after Statistics Canada reported 23 per cent of individuals within the nation are landed immigrants or everlasting residents, which is the highest-ever share and high amongst G7 nations.
By 2041, Statistics Canada tasks as many as 34 per cent of individuals in Canada shall be immigrants.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Nov. 1, 2022.
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