Canada to let 300,000 immigrants enter country in 2017

Some government officials suggested an increase to quota, which maintains this year’s target, to help spur economic growth for top companies

Canadian immigration minister John McCallum said more immigrants would be a ‘good policy for demographic reasons’.
Photograph: Chris Wattie/Reuters

Canada said on Monday it would let 300,000 immigrants into the country in 2017, maintaining this year’s target despite recommendations to increase it to help spur economic growth.
The government said it was establishing 300,000 as a new baseline for the admission of permanent residents, with the majority of those allowed into the country to be selected as economic immigrants.
While the target is unchanged from 2016’s plan, it is above the average of 259,542 immigrants admitted from 2011 to 2015.
Immigration minister John McCallum told reporters that making the 300,000 target permanent laid the foundation for future immigration growth.
“I do believe it is true that more immigrants for Canada would be a …
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