Record High Immigration Is Unsustainable

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Trudeau's Liberals plan to increase immigration from 431,645 in 2022, which was already a historical record, to 500,000 in 2025. This is double the 250,000 when the Liberals took power. The previous record was 400,900 in 1913. Unless we are indigenous, we wouldn't be here without the immigration of our forefathers (and foremothers) who came to this country in search of a better life. Having said that, in the middle of both a housing and healthcare crisis might not be the best time to have such a mass influx of newcomers. The ability to absorb this increase without putting a strain on the resources of current Canadian citizens and having the immigrants afford decent housing and accessing the healthcare system is highly doubtful. As well, the Liberals have allowed the number of foreign students and other non-permanent residents to quadruple from half a million to two million, with the net increase in 2022 alone of 607,782, adding more fuel to the housing wildfire.


There are restrictions on immigrants with chronic health problems to help avoid a drain on social services such as health care. When Justin Trudeau came to power immigrants were turned away if their condition would cost taxpayers more than $7,000. In 2021 it was tripled to $21,000 but the limits don't apply to refugees or illegal immigrants who can take advantage of free Canadian health care. The number of seniors admitted under the family reunification system that will be reliant on the Canadian welfare state was increased from 5,000 per year to 20,000. The Fraser Institute has calculated a lifetime cost of $300,000 for every retiree who came to Canada as a new immigrant since they are mostly unproductive but use the health care system and are eligible for CPP after 10 years and Old Age Security when over 65. Trudeau also kept the cap on the number of temporary foreign workers that a business can employ at 20 per cent, when it was due to be reduced to 10 per cent.


Immigrants and non-permanent residents will usually end up in the big cities where the cost of living is already such a problem that many residents are leaving them for cheaper housing costs on the outskirts or in rural areas. This is proving to be a shock for immigrants, many of whom are competing for low-income jobs as well as affordable housing. "Strong population growth from immigration is adding both demand and supply to the economy: newcomers are helping to ease the shortage of workers while also boosting consumer spending and adding to demand for housing," the Bank of Canada said in a press release on its latest rate hike. Inexplicably, Justin Trudeau acknowledged the problem by saying, without taking responsibility for the problem, "Whether it's temporary foreign workers of whether it's international students in particular, they have grown at a rate far beyond what Canada has been able to absorb". A glaring ommission in his comments is the same acknowledgement about immigrants.


"The new immigration rates will immigration increase pollbe substantially higher than rates in similar countries, such as Australia," said New Brunswick political science professor Ted McDonald. "There's no assessment that I have seen of the impact of these targets on housing affordability and availability, no assessment of these targets in terms of additional pressures on health care," said Andrew Griffith, a former high-ranking official at Immigration and Citizenship Canada.


Quebec Premier Francois Legault is maintaining that the province cannot accept more than 50,000 immigrants a year despite Ottawa's plans to significantly raise the country's immigration levels. "The federal government," Legault told reporters Wednesday, "needs to understand that Quebec is facing a special challenge to preserve the French language."


The ability of the government to properly screen applicants is also questionable. Opposition parties say the fact the government allowed half of foreign nationals red-flagged as security risks into the country between 2014 and 2019 is shocking and erodes Canadians' trust in the immigration system. This is very concerning and undermines trust and confidence of Canada's immigration process, NDP MP and Immigration critic Jenny Kwan said in a statement Tuesday. She was responding to a National Post report that between 2014 and 2019, 46% of foreign nationals flagged by security agencies to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for ties to serious offences such as war crimes, espionage and terrorism were allowed to take up residency in Canada.


It has just been announced by Immigration Minister Marc Miller that the number of student visas for 2024 will be capped at 364,000 a 35 percent decrease from the 560,000 of the previous year. The decision was prompted in part due to the strain strong population growth is putting on the housing market. Bank of Canada governor Tiff Macklem says the newly announced cap on international student enrolments should help ease rent price inflation. There has been no word on any reduction of regular immigration as it looks like the Liberals are sticking to their runious plan.


Conservative MP Lianne Rood discovered that Ottawa budgets about $224 per day to feed and house some foreigners who claim asylum after illegally entering the country. At the end of 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada recorded 42,387 pending refugee claims by irregular border crossers. And the per diem cost may go even higher once factoring in the other “essential items” provided for free to claimants, including “toiletries, medicines, diapers. “The NDP-Liberal government is giving TEN TIMES the benefits to illegal border jumpers than it is giving to help Canadian seniors! DISGRACEFUL!” she wrote on X.


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