Canada is currently facing demographic challenges due to ageing population and to fill the skill gap in the country, John McCallum, the Minister of Immigration in Canada wants to substantially increase the number of immigration to Canada beyond its existing level.
McCallum mentioned in his speech to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Manila, Philippines that, “so why not substantially increase the number of immigrants coming to Canada? And that is, I think, I hope, what we are about to do . . . the direction in which I would like to go is to increase substantially the number of immigrants”.
The immigration plan for the year 2016 of the Liberal government of Canada forecasts to invite more than 3,00,000 PR visa holders in Canada. This is going to be a decade high immigration projection of the country and around 7% higher than the 2015 plan.
McCallum reveals his three year immigration plan during this fall where he plans to promote innovation and economic growth. This plan will be presented by the government’s objectiveto raise the number of immigration to Canada.
McCallum mentioned that till now nothing has been finalised on immigration as it requires consent of the other Cabinet members and the nationals of Canada for bringing it in to action.
During his tour to Asia, he announced in Beijing that the Canadian government wants to come up with more number of visa offices in China so that more and more interested Chinese candidates could visit Canada.
The Immigration department under the leadership of McCallum is planning to implement changes by the end of 2016, which will include changes in the Canadian Citizenship act and Temporary Foreign Worker scheme.
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