By Open Democracy |

If Canada’s smaller urban centres want to continue growing, they will need to attract more international migrants.

Canada will need to see a significant and sustained level of immigration into its mid-sized urban centres over the next 15-20 years in order for the country to continue to offer high quality public services and public infrastructure. For these services to continue, there are two choices, either to squeeze more tax revenue out of a stagnant economy or foster a growing economy that is driving new organic tax revenue growth.

The solid rate of economic growth needed for the state is virtually impossible without a substantial increase in the size of the workforce – therefore immigration.

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