By CIC News |
Since becoming Canada’s new Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Marc Miller has made his initial public remarks through interviews with RedFM Canada, CBC Radio Canada and Bloomberg News.
These interviews give us some insight into his mindset as it relates to some key areas of the Canadian immigration landscape.
Current immigration levels and the value of increased immigration to Canada
Minister Miller has said that he views immigration as a key to addressing labour shortages across Canada, including in industries such as the agricultural trades and healthcare.
Immigration, says Miller, is important to help “build [Canada], to make [it] a better place … [and] to make sure that our economy is thriving.”
Speaking further to the importance of immigration to this country, Miller emphasizes that immigration helps Canada combat the country’s aging natural population. For that reason, IRCC’s plan is to either keep immigration levels the same or continue raising them over time.
“I don’t see a world in which we lower [immigration targets], the need is too great … whether we revise them upwards or not is something that I have to look at but certainly, I don’t think [we will] lower them.”