Canada’s Immigration Minister Pushing for More Changes

CIC News
Published: October 1, 2005

Immigration levels to increase by 35% over five years.

Canada's Immigration Minister Joe Volpe confirmed that he is preparing a proposal that will raise the current yearly immigration quota to over 300,000 within five years. Details of the proposal have yet to be released. The initiative would include recruiting more people to work outside of the major Canadian metropolitan areas of Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. The plan is also expected to accommodate foreign nationals who were previously here on student visas. Canada's foreign affairs minister, Pierre Pettigrew has stated that the country needs more immigrants to replace its aging workers who are headed for retirement.

Minister Volpe's presentation outlines five key areas:

1. Increasing overall immigration numbers.
2. Providing better service both in bringing in immigrants and visa issuance.
3. Matching immigrants with Canadian jobs needed to fill the gaps in local markets. This also means allowing potential immigrants to receive commensurate credentials in Canada before they apply, or before they are accepted.
4. Regionalizing immigration to promote equitable settlement among Canada's provinces and territories.
5. Regularizing foreign nationals already in Canada.

Share this article
Share your voice
Did you find this article helpful?
Thank you for your feedback.
Subscribe to our newsletter
Did you find this article helpful?
Please provide a response
Thank you for your helpful feedback
Please contact us if you would like to share additional feedback, have a question, or would like Canadian immigration assistance.
  • Do you need Canadian immigration assistance? Contact the Contact Cohen Immigration Law firm by completing our form
  • Send us your feedback or your non-legal assistance questions by emailing us at
Top Stories
Canada’s population grows by over one million in less than a year
Express Entry: IRCC invites 1,499 candidates in latest draw
Category-based Express Entry draws: A year in review
Join our free newsletter. Get Canada's top immigration stories delivered to your inbox.
More in Express Entry
Express Entry: IRCC invites 1,499 candidates in latest draw
Candidates have received ITAs in that latest Express Entry draw
Category-based Express Entry draws: A year in review
people in nature and smile with grandparents, parents and children bonding.
How some Express Entry candidates may benefit from category-based selection draws
Business people smiling and having a meeting in the office.
How do Express Entry draws in 2024 compare to 2023?
A man sitting at a table looking intently at his laptop.
Link copied to clipboard