• Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has launched their initiative “An Immigration
System for Canada’s Future”.
• The initiative provides Canadians and other stakeholders with the opportunity to share their ideas
and perspectives on how Canada can build a stronger, more adaptive immigration system.
• The IRCC website explains that in order to support the Canadian economy and strengthen
communities, “it is essential to have immigration policies and programs that are modern,
responsive to change, and aligned with Canada’s social, economic and cultural needs.” In order to
do so, until April 2023, IRCC will be working with people across the country to collaborate on a
vision for the future of Canada’s immigration system.
• The initiative began in February with an in-person dialogue session in
Halifax, which was chaired by Canadian Immigration Minister Sean
• The IRCC press release contained information that the initiative is
expected to involve more in-person dialogue sessions, as well as
“thematic workshops and a survey for the public and our clients”.
• Today, IRCC made this survey available to the public. The survey invites
people to share their thoughts about provide advice for the future of
What kinds of questions can I expect in the survey?
• The survey begins with inquiring about your initial thoughts on the current immigration system in
Canada. In particular, IRCC asks if you think that the Government of Canada is on the right track or
wrong track in its management of immigration and your opinion on the number of immigrants
coming to Canada.
• After responding to these questions, IRCC provides basic information about Canada’s immigration
system, including the distinct ways people interact with the Canadian immigration system and the
policies and laws that shape this system. The survey continues by asking about the main challenges
or gaps that are facing Canada’s current immigration system and provide you with space to discuss
• When asking about the characteristics or qualities that describe what you would want Canada’s
immigration system to look like, the survey highlights important Canadian immigration trends.
• For example, Canada has an aging population. People in Canada are not having as many children,
and soon immigration will account for 100% of population growth. In addition, many regions and
industries in Canada are facing shortages of workers. Immigration and temporary foreign workers
can help to meet future labour market needs.
• Population growth from immigration can add to these pressures but can also bring in workers to
help sectors like construction and healthcare. Other trends discussed include how Canada can
respond in a global humanitarian crisis, the fairness and transparency of the immigration system
and how federal, provincial, and territorial stakeholders can be involved in selecting and settling
• In considering these trends in your vision for Canadian immigration, you are asked about the
changes that would need to happen to in order to make your vision a reality.
• Building 32, 502, 5th floor Kushal Bazaar, 33, Nehru Place, New Delhi,
• 89202 54882