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November 1, 2022

STATEMENT: Federal Immigration Targets

Positive step, but how Canada approaches enhanced immigration will be critical

The Business Council of Alberta applauds the announcement by the Government of Canada of substantially enhanced immigration targets. Labour shortages are currently the top issue of concern for Alberta businesses, and there are over 100,000 open jobs in our province. 

Immigration is a key driver of Canadian prosperity and vibrancy. In light of climbing labour shortages and an ageing population, one thing is certain: we need more Canadians, and increasing immigration targets will be critical in tackling these growing crises.

How Canada approaches this enhanced immigration will be critical. There will need to be increased funding for settlement agencies, meaningful efforts to clear processing backlogs, and enhanced focus on economic migration in the skill categories that our economy and country most needs to succeed.

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