Canada It is one of the largest countries in the world. Its long territorial expansion means it has plenty of room to grow, but some labor trends have made it difficult for the northern nation to search for workers to replace the thousands of employees who are retiring with no replacement.
At the beginning of the month, the government of Canada announced an aggressive plan with the objective of entering half a million immigrants per year until 2025, with the objective of having a million and a half more workers in the next three years, which would serve to make up for the lack of births that complicates the northern nation. Currently, one in four Canadians came to the country as immigrants, the largest number by the vast majority of the G7 member countries, which typically make up 14% of their population.
Although not everywhere regards this idea with great appreciation, much of Canada it matches the size and is open to immigration. According to Geoffrey Cameron, a political scientist at McMaster University, “part of the reason there is a great deal of confidence in immigration is that it was very well run by the government in a way that was in the best interest of the country.” According to him, a large part of the first world nations are affected by a crisis due to the low birth rate of children and an increasingly elderly population. However, not everywhere similar measures are as accepted as in the neighboring country of the United States.
One of the reasons Canadian immigration works so well is because instead of a quota system like most other nations, the northern country uses a points system similar to New Zealand and Australia with the aim of attracting highly-abled permanent residents.
The other side of the coin
But, even within the same nation, not everyone agrees with the government’s point of view. A poll by the Association for Canadian Studies of Leger found that 49% of those interviewed thought the number was too high while 31% thought it was correct.
Where it generates the most inconvenience is in Quebec, one of the provinces with a marked identity in Canada. There, the governor, who is the one who sets the immigration limits of the province, stated that he will only accept 50,000 a year. The central reason they give for this is the French language that is spoken within the region, which they see in danger with the arrival of new settlers.