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Government seeking input regarding the future of Canada’s immigration policy

Over the course of the next month, the Government of Canada is giving its citizens a chance to voice their opinions on the future of immigration.

“Immigrants have always been a central part of Canada’s success. The contributions of newcomers result in jobs, innovation, and economic growth. Immigrants also strengthen our country socially and culturally.

“The Government of Canada is committed to an immigration system that supports Canada’s diversity and helps grow our economy as it strengthens our society. This is an ambitious undertaking that will help determine the way forward on immigration to Canada.” stated a government press release.

In 2016, the country will be welcoming anywhere between 280,000 and 305,000 new permanent residents. In the last ten years, an average of 255,000 permanent residents have been admitted to the country, equalling roughly 0.8 per cent of Canada’s population, said to be one of the highest such proportions in the world.

This summer, the country has been invited to take part in public consultations to shape the future of immigration in Canada through online written submissions; roundtable discussions led by parliamentarians; stakeholder engagement by department officials; and pubic opinion research.

“The feedback gathered from the consultations will be used to help guide decisions on how many people we will welcome in the coming years and the future of immigration in Canada,” said Sonia Lesage Spokesperson for Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

The online form is looking to answer questions on various topics including strengthening the Canadian fabric, modernizing immigration, addressing Canada’s diverse needs and taking a leadership role in global migration and immigration.

Questions range from asking Canadians how many newcomers should the country welcome in 2017 and beyond to more complex questions like: “How can immigration play a role in supporting economic growth and innovation in Canada?” and “What modernizing techniques should Canada invest in for processing applications?”

Citizenship and Immigration Canada is taking online submissions though August 5.

To submit your opinions on immigration visit the CIC website 

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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