Canada To Increase Immigration Levels
While its neighbors to the south have attempted to tighten immigration over the last two years, the Canadian government announced late last month that it will increase its immigration targets for 2019 and 2020 in an attempt to increase the number of new permanent residents living in the country by 1.3 million by 2021.
According to Canada Immigration News, the new plan will gradually increase admissions targets over the next three years until the number hits 350,000 in 2021. Canadian immigration minister Ahmed Hussen said, “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.”
Approximately three-fifths of the 1.3 million new permanent residents will come through one of Canada’s Economic Class programs. The government also plans to expand the range of potential admissions through its spouses, partners, and children sponsorship category.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emphasized the new plan will give his country a competitive advantage over the United States. In remarks last week, Trudeau said, “We’re a country that’s open to immigration right now … Being able to get the top talent and draw on big pools of well-educated, ambitious, forward-thinking and diverse [people] is a hell of a competitive advantage that I don’t see the U.S. matching anytime soon.”