National Immigration Strategy for Canada

Canada will accept 300,000 new immigrants in 2017, announced Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister, John McCallum. By increasing the number of permanent residents selected in the economic programs, the government is aiming for strengthening the Canadian middle class, supporting the economic growth and attracting investment.

Immigrants play important role in the Canadian economy. As the population of the country ages, it is expected that the number of retirements will soon outpace the number of Canadian youth joining the labour market. With the Canadian labour force in decline, researchers predict that immigration will soon account for all net labour force growth.

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“The 2017 levels plan will put Canada in a strong position for the future and support our overall economic and social development as a country,” says John McCallum.

“The 2017 levels plan will put Canada in a strong position for the future and support our overall economic and social development as a country,” says John McCallum.

The plan has been decided after wide-ranging consultations with Canadians from coast to coast over the summer. It balances the country’s need for more new immigrants and the government’s fiscal policy.

According to the plan, the number of permanent residents selected in economic programs will increase by 7% over 2016. Thanks to the already launched Express Entry immigration selection system newcomers with skills and experience will be able to quickly start contributing to the Canadian economy and society. The 2017 plan also sees an increase to family class levels by 5%. It is expected that the higher number of processed applications will reduce the processing times and will reunite more families.

Even though in 2017 Canada will accept fewer refugees than in 2016, the number of the admitted refugees and protected persons will still be one of the highest in Canadian history.