Canada expects up to 265,000 new immigrants in 2009

Improvements to skilled worker program will speed up application process
||Last Updated: 01/23/2009

The federal government will accept between 240,000 and 265,000 new permanent residents in 2009 and is working to make the immigration process more responsive to employer needs, according to the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.

“While countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia are talking about taking fewer immigrants, our planned numbers for 2009 are on par with last year and are among the highest for this country over the past 15 years,” said Jason Kenney.