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Canada needs 310,000 immigrants in 2018 and 340,000 more a year by 2020

The Canadian Government will be opening up 310,000 immigration places in 2018 making it easier than ever (well since 1913) to enter the country. And, announced their immigration minister, 340 000 places will become available every year for the two years after that until 2020.

Canada Needs 310 000 Immigrants In 2018 And 340 000 More A Year By 2020

The plan reflects a new multi-year approach to immigration planning that experts say will allow for better preparation and integration.

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“Everyone has been of the opinion we need more workers, we need more skilled workers, we need more people to power our economy, address our real skills shortages, address our real labour market shortages and also address the regional nature of some of these requirements,” Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Wednesday.

The total for 2018 will still represent less than 1 per cent of Canada’s overall population. The greatest number of immigrants welcomed to the country in a single year remains just over 400,000, a record set in 1913.

In 2017, the goal was to bring 300,000 new permanent residents to Canada, with nearly 58 per cent from the economic class. This is more than likely going to be the case from 2018 onwards too. Migrants from the economic class such as skilled labourers and professionals are expected to still form the largest portion of the migrant intake and are likely to be followed by the family and humanitarian classes.

Hussen recently said that 300,000 arrivals per year would become “the new normal” for Canada, which is struggling with an aging workforce and declining birthrate.

Statistics show that within the next 13 years Canada will only have 2.5 working people per retired person which will have a huge impact on the economy and will place additional strain on their social services budget. At the moment it is estimated that just more than the ratio is 1 retired person to 4 working people.

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In anticipation of the problem the Canadian government’s economic advisory council in 2014 recommended immigration levels should be inflated by at least 50 per cent (from 300,000 to 450,000 people annually) over the following five years.

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