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Canada's immigration attitudes hardening, government poll suggests

Last Updated Nov 7, 2017 at 2:29 pm PDT

People take the citizenship oath at Pier 21 immigration centre in Halifax on July 1, 2017. An internal government survey of Canadians' perceptions of immigration suggests attitudes could be hardening. The Immigration Department polls Canadians every year ahead of putting together their annual plan on immigration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adina Bresge
Summary

The survey shows a modest increase in the number of people who think the country is letting in too many immigrant

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – A newly available internal government survey suggests Canadian attitudes towards immigration could be hardening.

The federal Immigration Department conducts a public poll every year prior to putting together its annual immigration plan.

The results were posted following last week’s release of the plan, which calls for 310,000 people to be admitted in 2018, up from 300,000 this year.

But the 2017 survey, which collected input from 2,503 people, shows a modest increase in the number who think the country is letting in too many immigrants.

This year’s study also showed a slight decline in the number of people who believe they, their province or the country benefits from immigration.

The survey, which was conducted between July 31 and Aug. 30, carries a margin of error of plus or minus 1.96 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.