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CANADA’S CURRENT POSITION ON IMMIGRATION
Below are excerpts from the Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees
and Citizenship’s 2018 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration:13
… Canada welcomed more than 286,000 permanent residents in 2017.
Over half were admitted under Economic Class programs. … 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. Growing immigration
levels, particularly in the Economic Class, will help us sustain our labour
force, support economic growth and spur innovation.
II. Canada’s Immigration Plan for 2019–2021
The levels plan for 2019–2021 replaces the three-year plan introduced in
fall 2017, which for the first time in over 15 years set out planned immigration
levels for more than a single year. …
Under this plan, Canada will welcome more talented workers with the
skills and expertise our economy needs, reunite more family members
and accommodate more refugees looking to start new lives. In addition,
multi-year levels planning is contributing to the success of Canada’s
immigration program by enabling Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Canada, its federal and provincial and territorial partners, and other
key partners such as settlement service providers, to better plan for projected
permanent resident admissions.