Canadians will have the opportunity to share their opinions about the Trudeau government’s immigration policy.
In a press release on Monday, the government announced the launch of “An Immigration System for Canada’s Future,” saying the initiative would inform the future of immigration policy in Canada.
“I encourage all Canadians to take the time to share their ideas and perspectives, and help us shape an immigration system that will contribute to Canada’s success for generations to come,” said Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration.
The survey opens Monday, Mar. 27th, and closes Thursday, Apr. 27th.
The news comes a week after Statistics Canada showed that international migration made up more than 95% of Canada’s population growth in 2022 – a record total growth of more than 1,000,000.
Canadian policymakers have turned to immigration as a primary tool to counteract Canadian labour shortages, which pile up as a significant portion of the population reaches retirement age and birth rates decline.
While policymakers increase immigration to address labour shortages, polled Canadians worry about the side-effects.
A November poll from Leger showed 75% of Canadians worried the plan to hike immigration would lead to excessive demand for housing, health and social services.