The economic development minister of Canada, Navdeep Bains, says they are encountering pushback from Canadians on their immigration plans because they are worried about their jobs.
He says that newcomers help create jobs and people need to view immigration as an aid to economic growth instead of a social issue.
He is asking the community to help him sell immigration as a tool for increasing opportunity and prosperity in Canada.
He says that people have to understand, bringing in newcomers is going to give Canada a competitive advantage, he also says that the government needs to work harder while telling this story, Bains made these comments while speaking with business leaders in Ottawa at an economic summit.
He said that the truth is there’s a lot of reluctance when it comes to immigration policy. Whenever they try discussing immigration and bringing in more immigrants since it will help the economy, they face public pushback.
He even asked the audience to share their thoughts. He asked for their help and the help of everyone in the room, to change this conversation since he was having trouble starting the conversation within the government.
Some are worried about immigration being negative since unemployment is high in certain parts of Canada.
Overall, he is finding it hard to explain to Canadians since they are worried someone is taking their jobs away. This is what he says has to change.
He wants to change the conversation so that people realize it isn’t a social policy but an economic policy. It is important to the country’s innovation and economic agenda. The right people will help create additional jobs and opportunities for Canadians.
There are many success stories about immigrants including his father who came to the country with just $7, took up three jobs and then started his own company which now employs 20 people.
He wants to engage with Canadians and explain to them how immigration is a good thing, a competitive advantage.