February 9, 2019 – Most Canadians believe immigrants make Canada better, a new poll has revealed.
A survey of 1,000 Canadian by the Research Co revealed 55 per cent agreed that ‘the hard work and talent of immigrants makes Canada better’.
The same percentage said the level of immigration to Canada should stay the same or increase in the coming years.
Meanwhile, more Canadians also feel immigrants have a positive effect in Canada.
The poll results were released on Tuesday, February 5, and based on a survey conducted from January 14 to January 17.
Asked if they agreed with the statement ‘The hard work and talent of immigrants makes Canada better’, the Canada-wide sample across all age-groups saw 55 per cent agree.
For those aged 55 and over, 69 per cent agreed, while the proportion dropped to 46 per cent for both the 18 to 34 and 35 to 54 age-groups.
Among the provinces, Saskatchewan and Manitoba (64% agree), Alberta (61%) and Ontario (56%) all beat the national average.
The positive response comes as no surprise given the labour market shortages currently being experienced in Canada.
Businesses need skilled foreign workers to grow, in turn helping the Canadian economy grow.
Statistics Canada figures show job vacancies increased across the country over the last 12 months, spearheaded by Quebec.
Asked if the number of legal immigrants allowed to relocate to Canada should increase or decrease, 55 per cent said either increase or remain the same.
With the federal government planning to welcome more than one million immigrants over the next three years, Canadians are aware current immigration levels are high.
This makes it significant that more than half of the respondents were either happy with the current levels (35%), or would like to see even more immigrants arrive (20%).
Respondents from British Columbia (60%), Saskatchewan and Manitoba (60%), the Atlantic region (60%) and Alberta (58%) all beat the national average.
Asked if immigrants were having a positive or negative effect in Canada, 46 per cent said positive, while 36 per cent said negative and 18 per cent were not sure.
The positive response was higher among people aged 18 to 34 (55%), but lower among those aged 35 to 54 (39%).
In the provinces, Quebec (52%), the Atlantic region (51%), British Columbia (47%) and Saskatchewan and Manitoba (47%) all beat the national average.
In a federal election year in which immigration is set to become an important issue, surveys such as these will take on more importance for Canadian politicians.
The bold move by the current Liberal government to announce immigration levels rising to 350,000 per year by 2021 means they are banking on support for immigration from the Canadian population.
However, legal immigration is just one part of the argument, with the opposition Conservatives increasingly trying to politicize the steady flow of irregular border crossers coming over from the US and claiming asylum.
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