Preliminary data from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Canada indicates that as of 2012, Canada has maintained a continuous record breaking level of immigration for the past 7 years.
Since 2006, approximately a quarter of a million immigrants have been welcomed to Canada each year. In 2012 alone, the number of permanent residents admitted to Canada was 257,515. From 2006-2012, Canada has admitted approximately 30, 250 more individuals than in the previous decade. Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister, Jason Kenney, attributes this growth to the changes that he has overseen in Canada’s immigration system, noting: “The government is continuing to move toward a modern and effective immigration system that attracts the skilled immigrants that Canada’s economy requires. This new fast and flexible system will respond more effectively to Canada’s labour market needs, support family reunification, and provide protection to genuine refugees.”
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