Canada would let 300,000 immigrants into the country in 2017, to help drive economic growth as the country despite recommendations to increase it to help spur economic growth.
While speaking to reporters, immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum said the new target “lays the foundation for future growth.”
The previous target from 2011 to 2015 was 260,000, but that swelled to 300,000 this year because of what McCallum called the “special circumstances” of the Syrian refugee crisis. That number will now be the permanent base.
The government’s economic growth council had recommended raising immigration levels to 450,000 over the next five years, but McCallum rejected that target today.
“I do believe it is true that more immigrants for Canada would be a good policy for demographic reasons,” McCallum told reporters.