Immigration Policies and Programs

Canadians Invited to Shape Future Immigration Policies and Programs

The Canadian government has launched a new initiative called “An Immigration System for Canada’s Future” to help create an immigration system that is “strong, easy to navigate, and adaptive to change”. In a press release, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that this program would focus on gathering public opinion and ideas to ensure that policies and programs are aligned with the needs of Canadian communities.

The initiative will involve a series of in-person dialogue sessions, thematic workshops, and a survey for the public and clients. The government hopes that by collecting a diversity of perspectives from all levels of government, businesses, academia, post-secondary institutions, settlement organizations, and implicated sectors in Canada, they will be able to inform Canada’s future immigration policies and programs. The initiative is expected to continue through the spring of 2023, and Canadians are invited to participate in the survey that will be launched by IRCC later in March.

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Canada’s most recent population and census data highlight the need for initiatives like this to optimize Canada’s immigration system. In 2022, Canada welcomed a record-high number of new permanent residents (437,000+), just one year after setting a new record for the percentage of Canada’s population accounted for by immigrants (23%). Further establishing the importance of immigration to Canada’s prosperity is the reality that immigrants are “helping rejuvenate Canada’s aging population”, as almost two-thirds of this country’s immigrants from 2016-2021 are between the core working ages of 25 and 54 years old.

The initiative is built with the intention of capturing a diversity of perspectives, and many groups will be given a chance to provide input and ideas through this effort. The government believes that public opinion will be crucial in creating an optimal immigration system that is aligned with the needs of Canadian communities. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser chaired the first in-person dialogue session in Halifax, and the initiative aims to benefit communities across the country for decades to come.

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This new initiative demonstrates Canada’s commitment to improving its immigration system by engaging with Canadians and other stakeholders. The government recognizes that immigration is vital to Canada’s economic and social prosperity and that public input is necessary to create an effective immigration system that benefits all Canadians. With a focus on collaboration and diversity, the initiative will help create an immigration system that is responsive to changing needs and positions Canada as a global leader in immigration policy.

In conclusion, Canada’s “An Immigration System for Canada’s Future” initiative aims to create an immigration system that is strong, easy to navigate, and adaptive to change. By gathering public opinion and ideas, Canada hopes to align its policies and programs with the needs of Canadian communities. With a focus on collaboration, diversity, and inclusivity, this initiative will benefit communities across the country for decades to come. Canadians are invited to participate in the survey that will be launched by IRCC later in March to contribute to the future of Canadian immigration.

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