Canada’s immigration minister has announced an ambitious goal of admitting up to one million immigrants into the country by the year 2020, which would bring Canada’s immigration up to approximately 1 percent of the country’s population.

This year, as many as 300,000 immigrants were admitted into Canada. Next year, this number will be increased to 310,000, and then an expected 330,000 for 2019 followed by up to 340,000 in 2020.

Ahmed Hussen made the announcement this morning in what the Liberal government is calling “the most ambitious immigration levels in recent history.”

Canada has long been one of the most desired countries to live in, with immigrants to the country comprised of refugees, family members as well as economic migrants.

“Our government believes that newcomers play a vital role in our society,” Hussen said. “Five million Canadians are set to retire by 2035 and we have fewer people working to support seniors and retirees.”

Right now, up to 75% of population growth across Canada is due to immigration, a percentage that will be closer to 100 in 2035.

Jeff herbold

Jeff Herbold is the lead editor for Plains Ledger. Jeff  has written for several publications including the Calgary Herald, Bleacher Report and CBC News. Jeff is based in Lethbridge Alberta and covers issues affecting the prairies. When he’s not busy writing, Jeff enjoys backpacking and kayaking.

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