How Will Immigration Affect Canada’s Economic Growth?

The Conference Board of Canada, September 18, 2018
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Drawing upon Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan 2018–2020, The Conference Board of Canada has recently quantified the economic and fiscal impacts of upping immigration. To further understand immigration’s impact on the economy, we have also tested a counterfactual scenario of a “zero immigration world” in which Canada closes its doors to newcomers completely. And, we have been able to differentiate between the contributions to real GDP growth of the economic, refugee, and family classes.

Webinar Highlights

In this recorded webinar, Kareem El-Assal of the Conference Board draws on these findings and more to explore how immigration is set to impact Canada’s real GDP and GDP per capita, the 65 and over population, the worker-to-retiree ratio, and provincial spending on health care. He also discusses the Conference Board’s recommendation on future immigration levels. In addition, Kareem touches on how the three immigration classes affect real GDP growth and will focus on the merits and challenges of family class immigration. Finally, he goes beyond what is contained in our recent reports to discuss the policy implications of our research findings on key issues such as Canadian public opinion, immigrant labour market integration, and family class immigration.

By watching this webinar, you will learn more about:

  • How the 2018–2020 Immigration Levels Plan and the possibility of continued increases to immigration levels could affect Canada’s economic and fiscal standing through to 2040
  • The economic and fiscal impacts of a counterfactual scenario in which immigration is cut to zero
  • The Conference Board’s position on future immigration levels
  • How the economic, family, and refugee classes contribute to real GDP growth
  • The merits and challenges of family class immigration
  • The policy implications of our research findings on Canadian public opinion, immigrant labour market integration, and family class immigration. For instance, what do our findings on the family class mean for the Provincial Nominee Program? What would real GDP growth look like if immigrants had better labour market outcomes?

About Kareem

Kareem El-AssalKareem El-Assal is a Senior Research Associate and Senior Network Manager, Immigration. Kareem manages the Conference Board’s immigration research and annual Canadian Immigration Summit. His research covers various areas including permanent resident selection, settlement and integration, temporary foreign worker programs, refugees, international students, intergovernmental relations, and entrepreneur and investor programs. He often shares the Conference Board’s research findings with the media.

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