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Government of Canada Launches National Conversation on Immigration

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People gathering to celebrate Canada Day in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, with Canadian flags fluttering across the sceneThe government of Canada has this week launched what it calls a ‘national conversation on immigration’, in which Canadians are being consulted on the present and future of Canada’s immigration policy. The government has provided a detailed questionnaire, and participants have until August 5 to submit their views across a range of topics.

Among other questions, participants are being asked how many immigrants Canada should welcome, what ‘mix’ of immigration categories is appropriate, what settlement services should be offered to newcomers upon arrival, and how best Canada can attract global talent and international students.

Other consultation activities include cross-Canada round-table discussions led by the Immigration Minister and Parliamentary Secretary, stakeholder engagement by departmental officials, and public opinion research. The Liberal government, which came into office last November, promised to make governing more open and transparent. Moreover, the Liberals stated both before and after last year’s election that it would review Canada’s immigration policies across the board.

In a statement, the government said that ‘Canada’s strength lies in its diversity. Our diversity is closely tied to immigration and is a valued part of Canada’s story—we are asking Canadians to help us write the next chapter. The feedback gathered from Canadians 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.

‘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 statement goes on to say.

‘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.’

Readers can view the questionnaire by clicking here. The form is segmented into four fields that cover:

  • Strengthening our Canadian fabric
  • Unlocking Canada’s diverse needs
  • Modernizing our immigration system
  • Leadership in global migration and immigration

“What a breath of fresh air this is. A national conversation such as this is the very essence of democracy and open society. People across Canada now have the opportunity to submit their views on some very important and nuanced questions, of which there are fifteen in total,” says Attorney David Cohen.

“The first question — ‘How many newcomers should we welcome to Canada in 2017 and beyond?’ — is arguably the most striking. I believe that this government has a vision for growth, both in terms of the economy and the population base. Indeed, this government may be realizing that it is difficult to have one without the other.”

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16 thoughts on “Government of Canada Launches National Conversation on Immigration

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    I wanna come to go canada

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    A change must be made regarding family reunification. If a sister or a brother wants to sponsor her adult siblings to come is not possible if she is married. This is crazy. At least one sibling should be aloud to be sponsored on family visa. Canada should do more for family reunification. Are politicians hating their siblings? Cause otherwise I don’t understand the reason.

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    hamed djomand

    Jai l’honneur de vous mettre au courent de mes nouvelle avant tout reçoit mai salutation du jours bonjour et bonsoir, je m’appelle Hamed djonmand réfugiés en guinée depuis l’année 2000

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    Mohammed yaugob Adam

    I need Visa immigration for Canada.
    I won’t Canada liveing and working.

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    cheikh tidiane ndiaye

    je voudrais immigrer au canada et je vous consulte pour voir mon éligibilité.

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    I applied for PNP as an distant relatives with 5.50 IELTS bands three years ago with a job offer , free acomdation and transportion

    After submitting my application in oct 2013 I decide to married last year to a physiotherapist
    At time when I submitted my application
    The IELTS required Bands were 5.50 bands

    Last month June I received a refusal email

    I had put my life in a hold for rhree years ..sis not start a family
    My wife is been taking extra courses on side to prepare herself to migrate to Manitiba
    My Aunt is been looking forward to come and live with them . Also
    She is given us job letter until or when I upgrade my skills
    WhT I
    Saying someone with job offer and kind jesters should be considered with 5.50 bands

    Now I am given two months to redo my IELTS
    All am saying someone with job offer , free acomdation etc should have to go thru
    Thank you


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