Do Immigration Limits Hurt Growing Canadian Cities?

Since Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced Canada’s new immigration targets for 2013, there’s been a lot to talk about. Portrait of a boy with the flag of Canada painted on his face

On October 31st, Minister Kenney tweeted: “In 2013 we’ll keep immigration levels at ~250,000. The NDP says we should increase immigration by 40% to at least 350,000. What do you think?”

He also tweeted later on the same day, “even though 90% of CDNs oppose higher immigration levels.”

The Globe and Mail’s Economy Lab published an excellent article on the subject, as if to speak to those 90% of Canadians and ask them if they get how immigrants help boost the population in mid-sized urban centres across Canada, bringing in more tax dollars, more jobs and more business.

Formerly desolate and empty urban suburbs in Canada are now growing because they have the population that demands better infrastructure and development: more stores, more parks, more services and more everything for everyone.

While Toronto and Vancouver (and their surrounding areas) are where the most immigrants make their home, their total share of all of the immigrants that come to Canada each and every year is decreasing as smaller cities across Canada are welcoming more immigrants – including Moncton, Charlottetown, Fredericton, Saskatoon and Trois-Rivieres. These cities are growing because they have jobs that need filling – and the local population is not filling them.

But according to the article, the Ontario government wants more immigrants than it’s getting, and with the current target in place it will be impossible to ensure Ontario’s share of newcomers to Canada is high enough while other cities still have enough people moving there to help them develop and grow. The article is great, and definitely worth a read if you’re one of the 90%.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

The content and comments of this blog are not legal advise and and may not be accurate or complete. If you require legal advice, contact a licensed legal practitioner directly. If you post on this blog, you assume full responsibility for disclosing your identity to the public and VisaPlace nor its affiliates are not responsible for protecting your privacy nor your identity concerning your participation in our blog and you assume any risks in participating.

Customer Reviews

Completely smooth process. Rania did a great job in my Canada work permit. The team is absolutely competent and knowledgeable. Alicea was so amazing and was able to answer any of my questions immediately. I had peace of mind throughout the application. I would recommend them to other friends looking for assistance with their applications.

Theressa Jaranillain the last week

I highly recommend VisaPlace to anyone seeking help with navigating the legal minefield that is Permanent Residency. As someone who is very easily stressed, Lauren & Mariana have saved me a lot of sleepless nights. They are fast, efficient, reliable and honest and I will be telling any of my friends to use them for immigration. Thanks to them, my future with my husband in Canada is bright

Hannah James2 weeks ago

Visa place is the best!!! I use Yasmeen to do paperwork work for my mom to come to Canada and she was amazing. Very helpful and always reply to your email promptly. My experience was awesome everything was a success and I will recommend VISA PLACE to anyone who want quick and successful results. Thank to all the team at Visa Place but a special thank you to Yasmeen again.

Donnica Waugha month ago

Associations