Many people think of Canada as one of the most welcoming
countries in the world. Sadly, that is no longer true. Since 2008
it has become harder to get into Canada, to stay here permanently,
and to become a citizen. This is due to a steady stream of changes
by the federal government that affect virtually all aspects of our
immigration and refugee policy.
Many of the changes came without public discussion or debate
with the minister of citizenship and immigration having the power
to make significant changes by issuing "ministerial
instructions" to immigration officers, thereby bypassing the
democratic parliamentary process.
Despite immigration remaining fairly constant at approximately
255,000 immigrants per year over the past 10 years, more people in
the economic class have been selected, fewer in the family class
and far fewer refugees. With a current population of just under
36M, Canada should be admitting 288,000 newcomers annually, just to
maintain its historical rate of immigration. But in the year ending
July 1, 2015, Canada admitted only 239,800 immigrants during the
12-month period, down from 267,900 the previous year. The
shortfall, close to 30,000 immigrants, places Canada's per
capita rate of immigration at .66%, the lowest under the Harper
government and far lower than the .8% that was predominant prior to
2006. This represents a huge loss in human capital benefit to our
In 2014, refugees represented less than 9 per cent of the
immigration flow to Canada, while the economic class rose to nearly
70 per cent.
A new system called Express Entry for the management of economic
immigrants was introduced in January 2015. The mid-year report of
the program, issued in July, indicates that 85 per cent of
successful applicants were already living in Canada as temporary
entrants. This confirms a move toward a "two-step"
immigration system where individuals first come to Canada as
temporary workers or international students and then try to make
the transition to permanent residence.
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September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
Canada received more than 320,000 immigrants in the last 12 months, approaching levels not seen since the early 20th century. The per capital immigration rate at .88%, is consistent with previous Liberal government policies.
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
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