OTTAWA : Canadian government has announced that it is aiming to maintain its target of welcoming 5,00,000 new permanent residents in 2026, reported CBC News.
Canadian Immigration Minister Marc Miller said that the target is meant to support the labour supply while easing pressures on housing and health care.
“What Canadians are telling us, what economists are telling us, is that we have to dive into the micro-economic impacts of immigration,” Miller said in a press conference.
According to CBC News, the Canadian government has steadily increased its immigration targets in recent years to boost the workforce and support an ageing population.
Last year, Canada released a plan to grant permanent residency to 465,000 people in 2023, and it was set to rise to 500,000 by 2025.
However, the immigration target for 2015 was under 300,000, reported CBC News.