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How do Canadians feel about the immigration levels?

In 2023, Canada's population reached 40 million, with a 2.7% growth due to immigration. Historically, Canadians have held positive views toward immigrants, with Canada ranked as the most accepting country for immigrants in 2019. However, in 2023, a shift was observed as the government's plan to welcome 485,000 permanent residents in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025 and 2026 was met with increased concerns about high immigration levels. Despite these concerns, there was no change in general attitudes towards immigrants. The belief that high immigration levels contribute to the housing crisis significantly drove this shift. Policymakers should monitor public attitudes towards immigration, as negative perceptions may affect the support and welcome immigrants receive. Notwithstanding the rising concerns about immigration levels, the public still feels positive about immigrants' contributions.

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