As CIC cuts categories and quotas, the census underscores the importance of immigration to sustaining Canada’s population growth.

In the past 2 years, CIC has:

– reduced the number of refugees granted PR status in Canada by 25%

– reduced family class immigration by 15%

– shut down the parents & grandparents category for 2 years all the while issuing a press release saying CIC was shutting it down in order to speed up processing

– shut down the entrepreneur category

– introduced a quota on independent skilled workers in 2010 and then in 2011, cut that quota in half

– introduced a quota on investor immigrants in 2010 and then in 2011, cut that quota in half (the annual quota filled up in 2 weeks, effectively shutting the category down the for rest of the year)

– Jason Kenney has hinted at new policies to tighten up provincial nominee programs. Read: fewer immigrants in those categories and less discretion on the provinces to determine which  immigrants it selects

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