Canada announces record numbers of expats entering the country


More and more expats are seemingly venturing to Canada to become permanent residents, a fact that is welcomed by the Canadian government.

According to official figures 280,636 new residents joined the ranks of Canada's population, and the Canadian government couldn’t be more pleased.

Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, said: “While other Western countries cut back on immigration during the recession, our government kept legal immigration levels high. Canada’s post recession economy demands a high level of economic immigration to keep our economy strong.”

The figure is actually six percent more than they expected. In recent years a skilled worker program has been implemented to get more expat workers in to the country as there were fears that the country itself could not meet the demand for skilled job roles.

With that in mind Canada made more effort to get the workers in, and they aren't about to stop either, Kenney added: “Since 2006, our government has allowed for the provincial nominee program to expand significantly, from 8,047 people in 2005 to 36,419 in 2011.”