Are you dreaming of settling in Canada? Or are you planning to do your higher studies in Canada? Your dream is just about to come true. In the next three years, the Canadian government will be accepting over a million immigrants into their nation.
Ahmed Hussen, the Canadian Immigration Minister said that they are planning to take 1,080,000 new permanent residents in the years between 2019 and 2021. The upper target for 2021 is going to be 370,000 immigrants. He reported this in the 2018 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration.
This means that Canada is welcoming 84,000 more immigrants than 286,000 immigrants who immigrated in 2017.
While presenting the report, the Somali-refugee-turned-Canadian-Immigration-Minister said: “Immigrants and their descendants have made immeasurable contributions to Canada, and our future success depends on continuing to ensure they are welcomed and well-integrated.”
The report said that since 1990, over 6 million immigrants have settled in Canada. So when you look at the population in large, one in every five residents is born outside Canada.
Over the years, immigration has proved to be a source that has strengthened the Canadian economy. Most of the population comprises of the younger generation. This is immensely helping Canada to tackle aging population.
The reports predict that the worker-to-retiree ratio may reach 2-to-1 by 2036 when compared to 4.2-to-1 in 2012.
To fill the skill gaps in the labor market, the economic program has decided to take in half of the immigrants for the economic program by 2021.
The report says: “Growing immigration levels, particularly in the Economic Class, will help us sustain our labor force, support economic growth and spur innovation,”
It also added: “With an aging population and low fertility rates, immigration plays an important role in ensuring that Canada’s population and labor force continue to grow,”
Canada has scored 100 for macroeconomic stability. This has landed Canada in 12th rank of the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2018. Canada has also come in the list of top countries with the most diverse workforce’s.
Over half of the immigrant population, settled in Canada in 2017, come under Economic Class programs. Other 44,000 immigrants can be categorized into protected persons, refugees, people admitted under humanitarian, public-policy consideration, and compassionate,
In 2019 to 2021 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada will accept more refugees and displaced people. They target to accept 43,000 in 2019 to 64,500 in 2021.
UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi has praised Canada saying “extraordinary generosity, openness, and willingness” when it comes to displaced people. Canada has become the world leader when it comes to immigration policies.
The UN Refugee Agency has reported that the population of displaced people has reached 68.5 million in 2017 and climbed to 1.19 million by the end of 2017. So, the efforts Canada is making to create a better life for the displaced is still just a drop in the ocean.