The standing testimony to Canada’s increasing immigration levels has always been the support from the local population since the beginning of the 21st century. Barring a few exceptions, a new survey conducted by Environics Institute has found that the majority of Canadians continue to hold positive views on key aspects of immigration.
It is now true that the majority of Canadians want their government to increase immigration levels as they believe that immigrants play a significant role in the economy and in the growth of the country’s population.
The public opinion survey is titled Fall 2021 Focus Canada and noted Canadians’ views on immigration, through telephonic responses with 2,000 Canadians between September 7 and 23, 2021.
“A clear majority supports current levels of immigration, views immigrants as good for the Canadian economy, and believes they are important for building the country’s population,” as per the survey findings.
All views from respondents remained “mostly stable” over the past 12 months.
Immigration is Necessary for Population Growth
Most Canadian have rejected the idea that there is too much immigration to Canada. Nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of respondents disagreed with the idea that immigration levels in Canada are too high.
In fact, more than half (57 per cent) of respondents wanted the Canadian government to welcome more immigrants to help in population growth. At the same, 37 per cent of those surveyed disagreed, and 6 per cent have no clear opinion on the matter.
This finding is highly significant as it “reflects a sea change in perspective from the 1980s and 1990s when most Canadians firmly rejected the premise.”, as mentioned in the survey.
Healthy Support for Immigration Across Party Lines
Across the lines of federal political parties in Canada, the attitude to maintain healthy immigration levels in Canada found support.
Three-quarters (75 per cent) of Liberal Party supporters, agree with current immigration levels. Among New Democratic Party supporters, the figure is 81 per cent. Just over half (54 per cent) of Conservative Party of Canada supporters think that immigration levels are adequate. Bloc Québécois supporters are more likely than last year to endorse current immigration levels, at 70 per cent.
The current Canadian immigration level stands at 401,000 new immigration each year by 2023. The new government is further expected to increase the immigration levels to boost the post-pandemic recovery.
Immigration is Good for Canadian Economy
Nearly 80 per cent of Canadians hold high regard for the contribution of immigration to the economy. They agree with the premise of the economic impact of immigration is positive and is need of the hour post-pandemic.
76 per cent of Canadians, with 39 per cent strongly supporting, want the government to encourage more entrepreneurs to immigrate to the country and start new businesses. The regions of Atlantic Canada and Ontario is expected to attract more immigrants in the coming years.
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