Canadians to be consulted on future of immigration programme

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will consult Canadian residents and citizens online, to determine the future direction of the country’s immigration programme.

Moraine Lake, Alberta

Moraine Lake, Alberta

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has welcomed the highest sustained levels of immigration in Canadian history,” said Canada’s Immigration Minister Jason Kenney on Friday. “Given the importance of immigration to our economic growth and long-term prosperity, we are especially keen to hear the views of Canadians as we prepare for the years ahead.”

Through online consultations, the government is actively seeking public feedback on a number of factors, including the appropriate level of immigration for Canada and the most suitable mix among economic, family, and refugee and humanitarian classes.

Participants will also be asked for their views on the increasing role of economic immigration in supporting Canada’s future prosperity and the government’s move toward a faster and more flexible immigration system.

It was also announced last week that the country’s Parliamentary Secretary, Rick Dykstra, is beginning a series of cross-country consultations with stakeholders to discuss the programme’s future. The invited stakeholders will represent a variety of perspectives, including those of employers, labour, academia, learning institutions, professional organizations, business organizations, regulatory bodies, municipalities, Aboriginal groups, settlement provider organisations and ethnocultural organisations.