Canada plans to welcome 500,000 immigrants a year

In Canada, the federal government plans to raise its annual economic immigration rate with a project to welcome 1.5 million new permanent residents per year by 2025, which in itself would represent a historic record. According to a press release from Immigration Department,in 2021, the country accepted more than 405,000 immigrants, the most we have ever welcomed in a single year“.

The country, which has nearly 40 million inhabitants, wishes in particular to respond to labor shortages in several sectors such as health care, manufacturing or even the technological and engineering fields or simply STEM (science, technology , engineering and mathematics)… So many sectors where Morocco is rather well endowed and from which a good number of concerned who would be attracted by these sirens of the North would be all designated to try the adventure as long as they respond to it.

Indeed, the sectors targeted are above all those of construction and agriculture (a labor force present in large numbers in the Kingdom), but also health, while the voluntary exile of white coats from Morocco n There is more to do since nurses and doctors are trying their luck in other places such as France, Spain, the Gulf countries, or the USA. Canada is also looking for labor in the early childhood or education sectors, an area where Morocco struggles to retain teachers).

That said, it was the Canadian Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, who unveiled the main lines of this project during a press conference in Ontario during the week. The federal plan plans to welcome 465,000 newcomers from 2023, to reach 1,500,000 in 2025. However, it has placed a strong emphasis on economic immigration on the basis of professional skills or experience. applicants’ work. ” These new thresholds (500,000/year) were necessary to ensure Canada’s economic prosperity, while the country is struggling with a labor shortage, approximately one million positions are vacant “said the Minister of Immigration of the Canadian government of Justin Trudeau.

The other side of the coin, Ottawa foresees an overall decrease in the number of refugees welcomed into the country, and a more moderate increase for family reunification. All good for the Moroccan diaspora in Canada. For Quebec, according to its Prime Minister Fran├žois Legault, who does not support the federal government’s project, “the Province” wishes, on the contrary, to limit the immigration thresholds to 50,000. Sean Fraser’s announcement was greeted with coldness given that Statistics Canada predicts that by 2041, up to 34% of Canadians will be immigrants. Indeed, the country is also on the verge of a “record wave” of retirements, Statistics Canada warned as a result last spring.

Quebec’s top official says he understands there are economic goals and raising immigration thresholds, but he argued that “Quebec has the special challenge ” of protect and promote French“, indicating in this that “already at 50,000, it is difficult to stop the decline of French”. In short, if we have understood the message, in the case it is the English-speaking provinces that are the most apt to receive the new wave of immigrants. Happy then, the followers of Shakespeare.

That said, if the province of Quebec is reluctant to align itself with the policy of the Government of Canada, there are currently, all the same, more than 900,000 positions to be filled in many sectors of the country. Unemployment has also reached historic lows in recent months, standing at 5.2% in September. In order to overcome this, Ottawa therefore plans to grant permanent residence to 465,000 people in 2023 (i.e. 18,000 more than previously), 485,000 in 2024 (i.e. 34,000 more) and 500,000 in 2025.

But by 2025, the goal is for more than 60% of total admissions to be economic migrants, said Sean Fraser. Moroccan candidates for exile, to your forms!

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