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2018 Immigration Levels Plan for Canada

    Increasing the share of economic immigrants to Ontario

    As the federal government releases the 2018 Immigration Levels Plan for Canada, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce has written a letter to the Hon. Ahmed D. Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. The letter presents the case for increasing the share of economic immigrants to Ontario and increasing the allocation for Ontario under its provincial nominee program, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

    Economic class immigrants are needed to address growing demographic concerns across Canada and Ontario, including the erosion of the tax base from an aging population and low labour productivity, as well as the skills mismatch.

    Ontario statistics show that the number of economic immigrants to the province is in steady decline. In 2016, Ontario received 29 percent or 45,110 of Canada’s 155,745 economic class immigrants, while making up 38.3 percent of the population. Out of all the provinces in Canada, Ontario received the smallest proportion of its immigration intake from the economic class.

    Read the letter to Minister Hussen.

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