In what it calls the “most ambitious immigration levels in recent history,” the Government of Canada announced on Wednesday that it will welcome almost one million immigrants into the country by 2020.
According to the federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussein, the multi-year plan will “responsibly grow the number of permanent residents Canada welcomes annually.”
Beginning with 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018, and growing to 330,000 in 2019, and 340,000 in 2020, the “measured, gradual, increase” will trend towards 1% of the population by 2020, which in turn will spur innovation and represent a “major investment in Canada’s prosperity, now and into the future,” said Hussein.
The plan is meant to support both Canadian businesses and labour market needs by fostering economic growth “in the face of slowing labour force growth and an aging population,” said Hussein.
In addition, the government said, this new plan will “create the space needed to reduce backlogs” and decrease processing times for families sponsoring spouses, children, parents, grandparents, and caregivers.
Hussein said the plan will “benefit all Canadians because immigrants will contribute their talents to support our economic growth and innovation, helping to keep our country at the forefront of the global economy.”