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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has unveiled a plan to accept nearly 1 million new immigrants over the next three years, aiming to continue a trend of bringing more foreign workers to the country as a way to meet the country’s business and labor needs.
The plan is consistent with recent comments from Canada’s minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, that 300,000 new immigrants per year would become “the new normal” for Canada.
“This historic multi-year immigration levels plan will benefit all Canadians because immigrants will contribute their talents to support our economic growth and innovation, helping to keep our country at the forefront of the global economy,” Hussen said in a statement Wednesday.
BAL Analysis: The three-year projections show that Canada is intent on continuing the current trend of accepting an increasing number of new immigrants, particularly economic immigrants. Canada has taken a number of steps recently to welcome more immigrants, including accepting more permanent residents through its Express Entry program, introducing several new measures under the Global Skills Strategy and concluding the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union to ease mobility for European professionals. Additional information on the 2018-2020 Immigration Levels Plan is available on this IRCC website.
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