‘It’s a drop in the bucket’: expert says Ottawa’s immigration plan falls short, CBC News

A national group dedicated to integrating immigrants into Canadian society says Canada’s new immigration plan isn’t all it had hoped for.

The Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance says the multi-year immigration plan laid out by the federal government on Wednesday falls short of targets it sought from Ottawa.

The Liberal government’s plan to welcome nearly one million immigrants over the next three years will see 310,000 people arrive in 2018, up from 300,000 this year. That number will rise to 330,000 in 2019, then 340,000 in 2020.

But the alliance, which represents the immigrant settlement sector in Canada, says those numbers should be higher.

“Given the challenges that we’re facing in this country, we feel this number is far too low,” said Chris Friesen, a member of the alliance and the director of settlement services for the Immigrant Services Society of B.C.

Instead, Friesen said the alliance would rather see an increase of 50,000 every year. He said this would better address problems surrounding Canada’s aging population, declining birth rate and accelerated retirements.

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