Newcomers should spread evenly across the country, says immigration minister

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Immigration Minister John McCallum who was in China recently trying to get more Chinese to either visit, invest or move to Canada. But what would be really nice is if newcomers consider cities and towns other than Vancouver and Toronto.

“We would like to spread the immigrants across the country relatively evenly. The last thing we want is that every immigrant either goes to Toronto or Vancouver,” he said in an interview to a newspaper recently.

McCallum also added that the government has yet to make a decision on how many immigrants it will propose for 2017, that announcement is expected in September, along with figures for 2018 and 2019.

Given that new immigrants can breathe new life in moribund towns and smaller cities that are struggling economically, it is important for the government to actually make newcomers aware of the potential and prospects that await them in these places. If not they will continue to end up in Toronto or Vancouver.

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John McCallum acknowledged there are limits to the government’s ability to disperse migrants, as once people become permanent residents they have a constitutional right to move wherever they want. – CINEWS

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