“Economy will need more immigrants”, says The Toronto Star, Saturday, October 25, 2008.
The Star quotes the latest report on Canada immigration policies and systems by the Conference Board of Canada that “Immigration levels in the country will have to go up significantly for future economic growth.”
“To meet long-term domestic labour market needs and to remain competitive in the global search for talent, Canada will have to increase its number of immigrants from the existing 250,000 to 360,000 annually by 2025.”
The report highlights what should be done to meet the country’s economic needs through immigration, including measures to allow the growing number of temporary foreign workers the option to become permanent residents. It also suggests increasing refugee intakes to maintain a well-balanced immigration system.
Douglas Watt, one of the report’s authors, praised the Government’s new initiatives, including the Provincial Nominee program that allows each province to independently attract immigration to Canada; relaxation of work restrictions for foreign students; and the newly created Canadian Experience Class that allows migrants here temporarily to apply for permanent status without leaving the country. But Watt said more has to be done for migrants with temporary status to become permanent residents.
The Star further states “with the increasing numbers of skilled immigrants and temporary workers, the report states refugee admissions, which have flatlined, should also be raised to meet the country’s economic needs.”
For further information, please refer to Saturday October 25, 2008 Toronto Star and Renewing Immigration: Towards a Convergence and Consolidation of Canada’s Immigration Policies and Systems published By Conference Board of Canada on October 24, 2008. The Conference Board of Canada is a not-for-profit Canadian organization dedicated to researching and analyzing economic trends, as well as organizational performance and public policy issues.
There is no doubt that Canadian demographics going forward will require more immigration to Canada to support our aging population.
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