The projected number of immigrants coming to Canada this year is the most in decades.
The Liberals plan to bring in just over 300,000 new Canadians by the end of 2016.
The government is required each November to table a document laying out how many new permanent residents it intends to accept in the coming year.
But Immigration Lawyer Ries Pagtakhan says governments often fall short of hitting their goal.
“Where the devil is in the details is to see if the federal government is going to push resources to process these things. There has been a real problem with the family class backlog, and that has to be alleviated.”
The government’s immigration program is broken into three categories: economic, family, and humanitarian. Immigration Minister John McCallum says this year’s focus will be on the latter two, which Pagtakhan isn’t a fan of.
“The economic class are immigrants that are chosen for their work experience, their education level, their skill level. And when you take away numbers from that, to put it towards other categories who aren’t selected on those bases, that’s a problem.”
Minister McCallum confirms that fewer spaces will now be available to immigrants wanting to come to Canada for work.