On the eve of the country’s 150th anniversary, The Conference Board of Canada hosted the Canadian Immigration Summit 2017: Innovating at 150 and Beyond. Over 300 delegates attended the event in Ottawa. This briefing summarizes the Summit’s discussion points and recommendations; gives an overview of the importance of immigration to Canada’s economic future; and highlights key remarks made by federal and provincial immigration ministers at the event. It also looks at two important questions explored at the Summit:
- With populism on the rise globally, how can Canada maintain public support for its immigration system?
- With the federal government set to boost immigration levels, how many immigrants should Canada admit moving forward?
The report then provides delegate suggestions on how Canada can improve its selection, settlement and integration, and citizenship policies.