Most Canadians say immigration makes Canada a better country: study

October 24, 2020

By CIC News |

Two thirds, or 66 per cent, of Canadians reject the idea that immigration levels are too high. This figure is up 3 per cent from the same time last year, and an all-time high for available data dating back to 1977.

Attitudes toward immigration levels are becoming more positive in almost every segment of the population. The shift in opinion is most noticeable among Albertans, people with lower household incomes, and first generation Canadians. Positive views of immigration levels is most widespread in Atlantic Canada, and Canadians who have high levels of education and income. This survey also found that there is less of a gap in public opinion by age as 66 per cent of Canadians ages 18 to 24 disagree that immigration levels are too high, which is down 7 per cent. However, 67 per cent of Canadians age 45 and over disagree with the statement, up 8 percentage points.

Half of Canadians agree immigration needed for population growth

More than 56 per cent of respondents agree that Canada needs more immigration to increase its population.

About 36 per cent of the population disagrees and 7 per cent have no clear opinion.

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