Canada to keep immigration levels same for 2013
Published Wednesday, October 31, 2012 1:28PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 31, 2012 11:10PM EDT
OTTAWA -- Canada will keep its intake of immigrants the same for the seventh straight year.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says the government plans to admit between 240,000 and 265,000 people in 2013.
Within those numbers will come a cut to the federal skilled worker program, with the government planning to admit fewer people under that policy.
Instead, they'll be increasing the number of people accepted under the Canada Experience Class program.
That program facilitates permanent residence for people already in Canada as students or temporary foreign workers.
Kenney says that program will grow because it's been shown that those who are already in Canada have a better chance at economic and social success.
The New Democrats say they're concerned that a focus on economic immigrants is coming at the expense of families and refugees.