Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) released statistics in May 2010 showing that it continues to maintain a high rate of immigration. Canada welcomed more than half a million permanent and temporary residents last year, a figure CIC says is helping to support the economic recovery in Canada.
Canadian immigration minister Jason Kenney said “Momentum toward a full economic recovery continued throughout 2009, and immigration will continue to support that momentum. The Government of Canada is maintaining immigration levels to meet Canada’s short, medium, and long-term economic needs, help offset our aging population and low birthrate, and sustain our workforce”.
In 2009, Canada welcomed 252,124 new permanent residents, well within the target, the government had set. About 60 per cent of those new permanent residents were economic immigrants, according to the CIC.