Canada faces big questions about the future of immigration

Alia Dharssi, Calgary Herald

As other countries turn away refugees or have divisive debates on limiting newcomers, Canadians will welcome as many as 300,000 immigrants to the country this year, up from a cap of 285,000 in 2015.

Immigration Minister John McCallum, who is fresh off of a Canada-wide summer consultation on immigration policy, is looking to boost that number even higher next year.

“We are in need of new blood because Canadians aren’t having enough babies,” he said in Calgary in August.

“The labour force growth depends very much on the entrance of immigrants.”

The Trudeau government has signalled changes are coming, with McCallum stating as recently as Sunday that he supports paths to permanent residency for migrant workers, but it’s unclear how far-reaching the moves will be.


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