According to the statistics, 248,751 immigrants came to Canada in 2011, while that number jumped to 257,515 for 2012. For comparison, Canada’s annual target of about 250,000 immigrants represents 0.8 per cent of Canada’s total population, while the United States’ target of about one million represents only 0.4 per cent of their population.
But perhaps the federal government shouldn’t be taking credit for the higher numbers when it is the provinces in Canada that are doing more to bring immigrants to the country.
Our own immigration lawyer Michael Niren was quoted in the article and discussed this very subject.
“A closer look at these numbers reveals that the big increase is through the Provincial Nominee Programs rather than the Federal Skilled Worker or Sponsorship routes,” he said. “What this tells us is that the doors are opening provincially but the federal program numbers are in fact decreasing, not increasing.”
He continued, “Notable exceptions is the Super Visa Program for Parents and Grandparents, which are temporary, not permanent, visas. So a deeper look at the data reveals that the Feds are not keeping up with the demand. The provinces should be given the ‘golden star’ this time around.”
The article continued to demonstrate how different economists and business groups agree with this stance, saying that Canada should up the number of immigrants it accepts every year to about 400,000.
The full article can be found here.
After this story was published, I was advised by a reporter for Yahoo News that Immigration Minister Kenny’s Office took issue with my quote in this article:
My Response to this was:
“that this doesn’t change the fact that the numbers for the traditional Federal routes which are generally not as restrictive in terms of applicant pre-arranged employment, destination of settlement, investment requirements etc., are on the decline. The PNPs are just no substitue for the Fed programes such as Family Sponsor, FSW program etc which are more open ended and have served as a main stream for immigration for decades. The PNPs are great and are not unilaterally controlled by the Feds but are negotiated with the Provinces.
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