Canada needs more newcomers for labour shortage, Says Minister
Canada’s Immigration Minister has insisted that the country needs more newcomers to tackle labour shortages and demographic changes that threaten the future of the country.
In an interview with the Canadian Press, the minister advocated that if Canada doesn’t continue to increase its 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 explained.
The statement comes weeks after the liberal government announced a new immigration plan that would let Canada welcome 500,000 immigrants per year by 2025. As far as stats for 2022 are concerned, 431,645 people became permanent residents of Canada.
Fraser said in the interview that many of the new permanent residents already live in Canada. For instance, 157,000 international students became permanent residents in 2021.