In 2018, the Government of Canada released the first multi-year immigration levels plan, which sets targets for the amount of immigrants that Canada will admit from 2019 to 2021. According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the plan is designed to contribute to an immigration system that supports the middle class through economic growth, supports diversity, and helps build vibrant, dynamic and inclusive communities while maintaining border integrity to ensure the safety of Canadians. The plan is made up of Canada’s federal immigration programs, with economic class immigration, family class migration, as well as refugees and humanitarian claims. In total, Canada plans to admit over 1 million immigrants in this three year time span, an increase from the previous 2017 levels plan.
In this episode, we discuss increasing Canada’s population, economic migration, refugee policy and settlement and integration policy.
We are joined by Doug Saunders from the Globe and Mail, Parisa Mahboubi from the CD Howe Institute, Audrey Macklin from the University of Toronto and John Shields from Ryerson University.