Under its new "immigration levels plan," Canada projects that it could welcome as many as 350,000 people as permanent residents in 2019 alone, with 176,000 of those being "federal economic and provincial/territorial nominees, 89,000 being admitted under its family reunification program, and 58,500 being welcomed as refugees, protected persons or for other humanitarian reasons.
TORONTO — The Canadian Parliament has announced plans to add more than 1 million new permanent residents in the next three years.
Outlining Canada's immigration goals for 2019-2021, the annual report states that "under this plan, Canada will welcome more talented workers with the skills and expertise our economy needs, reunite more family members and accommodate more refugees looking to start new lives."
Hussen, an immigrant from Somalia, said the influx will help offset Canada’s aging population and declining birth rate while growing its labor force.
Canada’s friendly stance toward new residents comes as many other Western nations, including the United States, are adopting more restrictive immigration policies.
The immigration minister also asserted that welcoming more permanent residents into the country was a way to address the "new challenges" Canada faces, "such as an aging population and declining birth rate."
Canada wants to welcome one million more immigrants through 2021.
As President Donald Trump threatens to declare a national emergency over immigration in the U.S., Canada, is preparing to welcome more than one million new permanent residents over the next three years
“Thanks in great part to the newcomers we have welcomed throughout our history, Canada has developed into the strong and vibrant country we all enjoy,” said Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.