The Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) Minister of Canada, Chris Alexander, announced that the country has welcomed 150,000 new citizens in 2014 and more than 1,300,000 new Canadians since 2006.
Since 2006, Canada has benefited from highest levels of immigration. Citing to a report, Alexander stated that for the eighth consecutive year the country has plans that it would receive 240,000 and 265,000 permanent residents in 2014. According to a 2011 statistics, some 86% of permanent residents became the citizens of Canada.
Economic immigrants qualifying under various immigration programs such as Canadian Experience Class, Live-In Caregiver, Skilled Worker and Skilled Trades program form the largest group of new permanent residents. This is followed by family class immigrants under family reunification program. Family class immigrants include spouses, parents and grandparents, and dependent children of citizens of Canada under any one of the sponsorship programs. Overall, these two categories of immigrants accounted for 88% of permanent residents in 2013. On the other hand, refugees, applicants of compassionate and humanitarian grounds have formed the remaining group of the permanent residents admitted to Canada.
Over the years, CIC has made many amendments that have changed the entire immigration system, which included both family class and economic immigrants. The reforms include introducing caps for applications, language requirements for economic programs, and lessening the dependent children’s age to control the children sponsorship to the country. The Government of Canada is expected to put all its efforts to streamline the immigration system to shore up Canada’s economy and its interests.