New polls reveal a decline in Canadian support for immigration, prompting experts to warn the federal government of the potential consequences. These results emerge just before Immigration Minister Marc Miller announces the government’s latest immigration plan, which will outline the number and composition of permanent residents over the next three years. This comes on the heels of record immigration, bringing Canada’s population to over 40 million.
According to a recent study by the Environics Institute for Survey Research, 44% of Canadians now believe there is too much immigration in the country. This sentiment is largely driven by rising economic concerns rather than xenophobia, as 74% maintain that immigration is generally beneficial to Canada and its economy. However, only 34% express satisfaction with the direction their nation is taking, with economic challenges such as inflation, cost of living, and housing affordability topping their list of concerns.
The increase in opposition to immigration reflects a dramatic reversal from last year’s figures when 69% disagreed with the notion that immigration levels were too high. This shift in public opinion is expected to impact the forthcoming immigration levels announced by Minister Marc Miller.
Similar findings have been observed in other surveys, such as a Nanos poll conducted in September, which reported 53% of Canadians favoring a reduction in immigration. The country added over one million new residents last year alone, with immigration accounting for 98% of this increase.
Experts attribute this change in attitudes partly to misinformation about immigration’s effects on society and the economy. With economic anxiety at the forefront of Canadians’ minds, it remains crucial for policymakers to address these concerns while balancing the need for skilled immigrants to support Canada’s workforce and economy.
The decrease in support for immigration among Canadians within the recent elections appears that there are concerns about the impact of expanded immigration on the economy. Whereas most individuals are still aware of all the benefits of moving to Canada and its economy, concerns about expansion, cost of living, and housing affordability have expanded in public opinion. As the federal government plans to declare new immigration targets, policymakers have to be compelled to address these concerns and communicate effectively with the Canadian public to ensure continued support for current immigration policies. This benefits the country’s economy, society and culture.
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