According to the Liberal government multiyear strategy it has been confirmed that Canada will welcome around one million immigrants from all over the world in the next three years. This strategy has been called one of the most ambitious immigrations level of all time.
The amount of economic migrants, family reunifications and refugee will rise to 310,000 in 2018 from 300,000 this year. Likewise the number will rise to 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020.
On Wednesday afternoon a meeting was held in House of Commons where the targets for economic migrants, refugees and family members were set.
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said that there would be an increase of one per cent in the population which would tackle off the aging population issue.
He further said, “Our government believes that newcomers play a vital role in our society,” Hussen said. “Five million Canadians are set to retire by 2035 and we have fewer people working to support seniors and retirees.”
“In 1971 there were 6.6 people of working age for each senior, Hussen added, “but by 2012 that ratio had gone to 4.2 to 1 and projections show it will be at 2 to 1 by 2036, when almost 100 per cent of population growth will be a result of immigration; it stands at about 75 per cent today.”
He said that by welcoming the new entrants in the country we would be driving our economy to a higher level and if we don’t welcome newcomers then all the resources would just get drained. He said that the government is doing every possible thing to remove the blockages and increase the efficiency of the process so that more people could get united with their families and get citizenship.
Hussen said that the government is making sure that essential steps are being taken ensure successful integration. Furthermore, the Federal Government’s advisory council has said that increasing the numbers of newcomers annually and making it to go 450,000 in 2021.
He said, “At arriving at these numbers we listened very carefully to all stakeholders who told us they want to see an increase but they also want to make sure that each and every newcomer that we bring to Canada — bringing a newcomer to Canada is half of the job. We have to make sure that people are able to be given the tools that they need to succeed once they get here.”
Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel was being very critical about the new plan and was suggesting that the government needs to come up with a more improvised plan to integrate the newcomers.
“It is not enough for this government to table the number of people that they are bringing to this country. Frankly the Liberals need to stop using numbers of refugees, amount of money spent, feel-good tweets and photo ops for metrics of success in Canada’s immigration system.”
She argues that Canada immigration should be back to the order phase because there is a loophole in the Safe Third Country Agreement which has made a lot of immigrants to cross the border of Canada without permission and then gain the status of refugee.
She focuses on the point that the Immigrations services should more consider the eligibility because of the language proficiency and also through mental health programs for people who have suffered trauma.
Dory Jade, the CEO of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants welcomed this news.
“Canada will greatly prosper and grow once the 350,000 threshold has been crossed,” he added. “Nevertheless, we are witnessing a very positive trend.”
The refugees of Canada were also very happy with this news but they wanted to increase the percent of refugee share from 13 to 14 percent annually.
Now provinces and stakeholders have called for longer forecasts because in the past years, there has been a one-year figure for the immigrants to enter the country.
“To provide more predictability to the immigration system and inform program planning.” Ontario’s Immigration Minister Laura Albanese said, “Significant variation in year-to-year immigration levels can dramatically impact the requirement for provincial year-to-year resources. A longer term outlook would help in planning for appropriate service levels and use of resources.”
There was a “Vision 2020” presented by Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance and this plan had the points of growing demographic shifts and also increasing numbers of the economic, refugee and family categories.
Chris Friesen, the organization’s director of settlement services said, “Nothing is going to impact this country [more] besides increased automation and technology than immigration will and this impact will grow in response to [the] declining birth rate, aging population and accelerated retirements.”
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