Day 6

Will Canada's 'shifting' immigration plan hurt small businesses across the country?

Canada's new immigration plan for 2016 is being called a significant shift. Brent speaks with editor-in-Chief of Canadian Business magazine James Cowan and the president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business Dan Kelly about the possible ramifications of Canada's new immigration plan for small businesses.
Businesses on Front Street in Dawson City, Yukon, are closed for the winter. Jan. 7, 2016. (Chris Windeyer/CBC)

Brent speaks with James Cowan, editor-in-chief of Canadian Business magazine, and Dan Kelly, the president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, about the possible ramifications of Canada's new immigration plan for small businesses.

Dan Kelly says that while he welcomes bringing in more refugees, he doesn't want it to be at the expense of economic immigrants.

James Cowan believes policies that prioritize economic immigrants aren't necessarily the most beneficial for business in Canada.

 

Earlier this week, Immigration Minister John McCallum announced Ottawa's plans to bring upwards of 305,000 newcomers to Canada by the end of this year.

It's considered a dramatic policy shift from a strong focus on economic immigrants under Harper toward sponsored family reunification and refugee immigration.

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