CIC consulting Canadians on immigration levels and mix

Mississauga, June 21, 2013 — Citizenship,  Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced that Citizenship  and Immigration Canada (CIC) launched online consultations for public input on immigration  levels and mix today.

In addition, Parliamentary Secretary Rick Dykstra is  beginning a series of cross-country consultations with stakeholders today,  starting in Mississauga.

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has welcomed the  highest sustained levels of immigration in Canadian history,”  said Minister Kenney. “Given the importance of immigration to  our economic growth and long-term prosperity, we are especially keen to hear  the views of Canadians as we prepare for the years ahead.

The government  welcomes stakeholder and public feedback on the appropriate level of immigration  for Canada and the most suitable mix among economic, family, and refugee and  humanitarian classes. Participants will also be asked for their views on the  increasing role of economic immigration in supporting Canada’s future  prosperity and the government’s move toward a faster and more flexible  immigration system.

In planning for the total number of people to admit as new permanent  residents each year, the government must not only balance its immigration  objectives, but also consider broader government commitments, input from  provinces and territories, and current and future economic conditions. In  addition, the government must take into account CIC’s operational ability to  process applications in a timely manner, as well as the capacity of Canadian communities  to welcome newcomers.

These  consultations present an opportunity to raise greater public awareness of the difficult  decisions involved in managing a global immigration system. There are competing  visions and diverging goals for the future of the immigration program. Engaging  stakeholders and the broader public is key to CIC’s development of an overall  strategy for Canada moving forward.

Invited  stakeholders represent a variety of perspectives, including those of employers,  labour, academia, learning institutions, professional organizations, business  organizations, regulatory bodies, municipalities, Aboriginal groups, settlement  provider organizations and ethnocultural organizations.