Feds consider limiting immigration

High unemployment could affect targets
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 02/19/2009

Rising unemployment and the worsening economy could force the federal government to reconsider its immigration targets.

Ottawa plans to stick to its pledge to accept 240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents this year, but the worsening recession could lead the government to rethink those numbers in the coming months, said Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

Canada's immigration system needs to be sensitive to the changing labour market and avoid welcoming thousands of immigrants who would then face unemployment, he said.