The Canadian government has pledged to welcome 400,000+ new immigrants over the next three years, beginning in 2021, and is on track to achieve this goal. This policy is essential to support Canada’s continued economic growth.
Ottawa’s decision to increase the level of immigration provides Canada with an infusion of skilled talent, supports the increase demands for goods and services, and builds investments in our economy. It is a protective step to safeguard our economy, while reducing the labour shortages linked to retirement and strengthening Canada’s gross domestic product.
While I am excited about the commitment, the recent Conference Board of Canada report, Counting on Immigration: Assessing COVID-19’s Impact and Planning for the Future, emphasizes that more urgently needs to be done to create an environment of success for these newcomers. The report points out that the cohort of immigrants who arrived during the COVID-19 pandemic face unique challenges – challenges Canada is not yet prepared to support. Our economic resurgence is still precarious, with the International Monetary Fund predicting a longer than expected recovery timeframe.
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