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Liberal immigration plan positive, but reduces Economic Class

The Liberal government’s recent announcement that it will admit between 280,000 and 305,000 new permanent residents in 2016 is generally positive but shrinking Economic Class numbers are problematic, Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman tells AdvocateDaily.com.

At a recent news conference in Brampton, Immigration Minister John McCallum said the federal government is seeking a record number of new immigrants this year by increasing spaces available for family reunification and refugee resettlement — a range that's the highest projected level in decades, the Canadian Press reports.

McCallum said the plan is “grounded in Canada's tradition of being a welcoming and generous country” and signals “a significant shift in immigration policy towards reuniting more families, building our economy and upholding Canada's humanitarian traditions to resettle refugees and offer protection to those in need,” the wire service reports.

Peter Baraian