Canada Wants To Take In 1 Million Immigrants In The Next 3 Years

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Canadians once again show us why the stereotype is true. The world’s “nicest” nation is nice to its citizens and everyone else. Now they’re going to welcome over 1 million immigrants into their country.

There are so many reasons why Canada is so attractive to foreigners. Great higher education opportunities for overseas students. Gun control. Cleaner environment with large, untouched by humans, natural areas. Beer. Legalized marijuana…

But a lot of people, born and raised in Canada, worry about how increased immigration will affect their economy and safety. However, statistics of the past few years, as detailed in the 2018 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, actually prove that newcomers have more to do with the improvement of the country’s well-being rather than increase in problems.

This is why Canadian government is excited to turn their immigration plan into reality over the next couple of years.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship department has recently released their 2018 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration.

According to the Minister of IRC, Ahmed Hussen, “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.”

“Immigrants will help solve a lot of issues that the country is dealing with at the moment.”

“Today, Canada faces new challenges such as an ageing population and declining birth rate, and immigrants have helped address these by contributing to Canada’s labour force growth.”

He also proved wrong people who believe all immigrants are free-riders.

“Canada welcomed more than 286,000 permanent residents in 2017. Over half were admitted under Economic Class programs.” “The number also included over 44,000 resettled refugees, protected persons and people admitted under humanitarian, compassionate and public policy considerations.”

“In 2017, the Government of Canada adopted a […] 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.”

“This increase is also helping us improve service, as we have been able to address many chronic backlogs in our immigration system.”

“Key results include reuniting spouses and other family members within 12 months, reducing citizenship processing time from 24 to 12 months and processing caregiver applications in less than 12 months.”

The report also includes a section on “Why Immigration Matters.”

This is how it explains the need for more immigrants. “Canada’s immigration program […] is intended to ‘support the development of a strong and prosperous Canadian economy, in which the benefits of immigration are shared across all regions of Canada.'” But you still won’t be able to simply walk straight through the border because “Canada sets an annual target for immigration and selects newcomers who best contribute to the country’s economic and social well-being.”

“With an ageing population and low fertility rates, immigration plays an important role in ensuring that Canada’s population and labour force continue to grow. “

“Given that immigrant newcomers are, on average, younger than the Canadian-born population, immigration can help mitigate some of the challenges of an ageing demographic.” “Immigration to Canada is a tool that can help to lessen the decline of Canada’s worker-to-retiree ratio.”

In terms of employment rates, “while many jobs can be filled by Canadians, gaps remain. Immigration helps to provide workers to satisfy labour market needs which, in turn, stimulates economic growth.”

“Recent projections indicate that existing labour shortages, particularly in health, sciences, skilled trades, transport and equipment, are expected to persist into the future.”

“Immigration also helps to meet specific regional labour market needs, especially through Provincial Nominee programs.”

“In 2017, the top five occupations of principal applicants were: information systems analysts and consultants; software engineers; computer programmers and interactive media developers; financial auditors and accountants; and administrative assistants.”

A lot of Canadians are concerned about the impact refugees have had on the country’s economic and safety situation in the past.

However, statistics show that “immigrants of all categories including refugees tend to have positive outcomes across a range of economic indicators” in Canada.

For example, “In 2017, the labour force participation rates of immigrants aged 25 to 54 who landed more than 10 years earlier are comparable to those of the Canadian-born (86.9% vs. 88.4%).”

“The economic performance of all immigrants increases with time spent in Canada. Average employment earnings reach the Canadian average at about 12 years after landing.” But “Principal applicants in the Canada Experience Class and Provincial Nominee program exceed the Canadian average within the first year of landing.”

As for long-term social outcomes, “newcomers enhance and help build our communities through civic engagement as well as contributions to and participation in charitable organizations and activities.”

“Most eligible immigrants go on to obtain Canadian citizenship, demonstrating a lasting commitment to the country.” “In 2016, more than 6.5 million immigrants were eligible to obtain Canadian citizenship. Of these, almost 86% reported that they had acquired Canadian citizenship, which is the highest rate among similar countries.”

Because of the entrance to the country requirements, immigrants tend to increase the “Canadian talent pool.”

“Almost half of all immigrants between the ages of 25 and 64 held a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2016, compared to just under one-quarter of the Canadian-born population in the same age group.”

And it gets better with subsequent generations.

“Children of immigrants have a higher university completion rate than the children of two Canadian citizens by birth (41% versus 24%).”

Immigrants are also active in Canadian society.

“In 2016, a total of 32% of immigrants volunteered and 61% of immigrants were members of social organizations, which is slightly below their Canadian-born counterparts.”

By welcoming more foreigners, the plan also hopes to maintain Canada’s humanitarian tradition.

“Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) welcomed over 1,400 survivors of Daesh, including vulnerable Yazidi women and children and their families.”

“Coordination with the settlement services community was a key component in meeting the acute needs of this group of newcomers.”

“In 2017, IRCC welcomed 26,000 refugees and 15,000 protected persons, all of whom were eligible to receive IRCC-funded settlement services.”

Temporary residents, such as students, have brought huge benefits to the country too.

“In 2016, visitors and international students contributed $31.8 billion to the Canadian economy.”

So Canada’s Immigration Plan for 2019–2021 is not about free-riders at all.

“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.”

But as with everything politics-related these days, people are split in two.

One half believes it’s a great opportunity to build the country’s economy and stronger international relationships. The other half, however, believes this plan is absurd and naive.

Since the day Justin Trudeau got elected as the Prime Minister of Canada, people couldn’t help but compare Canada with the US.

On one side we have a 47-year-old who opens his country doors to everyone, from regular immigrants to refugees, but who seems to have brought more financial problems with him as he took the Prime Minster’s post. And on the other side we have… Trump. Trump and his walls. But it seems that Canadians are disappointed with the two equally.

Renee A Campeau said on Twitter, “Marissa Shen, who’s life was taken by one of Trudeau’s Syrian refugees who was allowed into Canada. Justin is more preoccupied by his image on the international stage than the security of Canadians. The man is incredibly naive, incompetent and dangerous.”

Kylee M.: “Just an FYI, people born in Canada commit murder too. Are you just as outraged when that happens, or only when you can scream about immigrants?”

Armchairpundit: “Every nationality in Canada has a member who has committed a crime. Shall we kick out every immigrant member of those nationalities? Syrian, Somali, Croatian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Philippino, Russian, Italian? Shall I go on?”

nICK zOTOFF: “Exactly!!! The generalization that because they came from a war torn country that seemingly breeds violence, our country would be safer by not letting them in is ridiculous!”

Amrita Pooni: “Saw some images of #yellowvestscanada – Canada cannot afford this populist/isolationist/discriminatory rhetoric. Any academic can tell you that with a growing senior population and a birth rate of 1.6 we will need immigrants to fill gaps in the labour market.”

Susan Larson: “Canada is actually welcoming immigrants. They have standards though – a list of behaviors and social mores they expect (see their website). Oh, and they expect gainful employment.”

Michael Carman: “I was raised a Liberal, but I can clearly see what’s happened to Canada with Trudeau in charge. Canada has never been so divided. Therefore, I’m not tied to a particular party. If the current PM is no good, he doesn’t deserve another chance. Someone else does.”

Renee A Campeau: “I agree, the air in this country is toxic. Deep divisions are being between the regions of this country. Canadians born in Canada vs immigrants. Justin Trudeau has caused this division with his PC politics. The man is looking to divide to keep himself in power.”

Rick Knowlan: “I think the new paradigm we need is that Canada should invite immigrants who share our values, want to be part of Canada, and will be delighted to participate in Canadian life.”

Michael Doyle: “People are coming to the US because we’re free and there’s endless opportunities. […] Canada is experiencing the same thing. These immigrants are not looking to kill anybody. They want to better their lives and their families. Let them do so.”

Jackson: “Our streets are filled with homeless we have a housing problem and 5.7% unemployed and we’re taxed at 42%. Canada is full until we clean up the mess we have here.”

Gabby: “It is [hard] to get an immigrant visa to Canada (not tourist). It is a based on a point system, the more qualified you are, the more points you get and the easier it is to get it approved.”

Maria Geyer has compared some of the most terrifying events that have recently taken place in America, and found that not a single one of those happened because of an immigrant.

“Las Vegas Shooter: Not an immigrant. Sandy Hook Shooter: Not an immigrant. Parkland Shooter: Not an immigrant. Charleston Church Shooter: Not an immigrant. Aurora Movie Theater Shooter: Not an immigrant. Gabby Giffords Shooter: Not an immigrant.”

WreckEmTech: “There’s a difference between an immigrant & an illegal immigrant, genius. There’s a legal process involved with moving from one country to another. It’s not just America. Try moving into Canada without going through the process & see what happens.”

Nomorelies: “An immigrant myself, problem with the refugee program is the way it was done, the poor screening, missing documents, economic impact on taxpayers. Health care, housing, allowance, free education. Can Canada sustain all while ‘there is no money’ for veterans? PM blurs the lines.”

Jin Jiang: “It could be good if we have the infrastructure ready for these immigrants. Canada, maybe we should improve our infrastructure before bringing in more?!”

One good thing about this whole debate is that people are finally participating in their country’s politics and want to be involved.