Immigration levels to Canada to increase from 2018
After provincial, territorial and federal governments clearly signalled that immigration levels in Canada will increase in 2018 after a recent forum, it was also indicated that levels assigned got only one year following the recent Federal, Provincial and Territorial Forum of Ministers Responsible for Immigration.
Immigration.ca quotes a statement after the forum that says a consensus was reached among ministers on the significance of rising immigration levels and planning for multi-year levels.
The statement adds that with a multi-year strategy to levels planning, increased certainty would be provided and long-term planning will be better informed.
An immigration levels plan of a longer-term could be announced this fall. Earlier, Ahmed Hussen, the federal immigration minister, set yearly levels for the following year in every annual presentation to Parliament.
The forum’s outcome resonates with comments made by Hussen recently when he told Toronto Life magazine that he could assure that immigration levels wouldn’t drop in response to a question if levels would increase.
It reveals how crucial immigration is to the future economic well-being of Canada as per the politicians of Canada.
The statement added how important migrants were the workforce needs of the country, along with demographic concerns and in engendering economic growth in the long-term.
The improved partnership is required across governments to assist the delivery of better settlement services and successful results for all newcomers. To achieve this, ministers agreed to fortify partnerships and research new models for cooperation.
Discussed also by ministers were issues linked to the federal Excessive Demand policy, and they pledged to continue the talks so that the policy continues to identify the essence to protect health, social services and education while applicants are being fairly treated.
A unanimous approach was reached by ministers on the encouragement of Francophone immigration to provinces outside of Quebec with the objective of raising Francophone immigration.
Building on the impetus that was fixed in Moncton earlier in 2017, ministers are looking forward to discussing with Francophonie ministers in Ontario in 2018 to measure progress.
In late October 2016, when the levels of 2017 were announced, the unchanged aggregate figure was reported as disappointing by the national press.
Importantly, however, the numbers witnessed a growth of over 12,000 in the economic class and 4,000 more in family class as against 2016. On the other hand, refugee numbers declined by 15,800 after which saw Canada welcome more than 40,000 people from Syria on the whole.
Interested parties are waiting to see 2018 levels ranging between 310,000 and 320,000, which is expected to be announced this fall and would account for a per capita immigration rate of 0.88 percent.
The number of new permanent residents planned for 2017 were 172,500 in Economic Class. Included in this are immigrants chosen under a number of programs such as the Federal Skilled Trades, Federal Skilled Workers and the Canadian Experience Class (people apply under the Express Entry system), provincial nominees, federal business programs and Quebec.
The number of new permanent residents planned for 2017 under Family Class were 84,000, included in which are spouses/partners, parents, grandparents and children.
The number of refugees comprising new permanent residents is 40,000, while those belonging to humanitarian are 3,500.