Canada Must Increase Immigration Levels, Says Immigration Minister Sean Fraser
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has stated in an interview that Canada needs to increase its immigration ambition amid concerns for the same, raised by policy experts. Canada is planning on ramping up its immigration levels in the coming years. Experts have also stated that immigration may not be the best answer to Canada’s labour shortages.
In 2022, Canada gave permanent residency to 431,645 people which was a record high. The government has plans for increasing this number in the coming year with the goal to reach 500,000 immigrants per year by 2025 to address the country’s labour shortages and demographic changes. Some policy experts, however, have stated that immigration may not be the right solution to Canada’s labour shortages as it could have a negative impact on health care, housing, and the labour market.
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser reportedly spoke with The Canadian Press and shared that Canada needs to increase its immigration numbers, backing the Liberal government’s November 2022 plan. “If we don’t continue to increase our immigration ambition and bring more working-age population and young families into this country, our questions will not be about labour shortages, generations from now. They’re going to be about whether we can afford schools and hospitals,” he said.