CHP Canada acknowledges that as a nation, we have a rich history of immigration, and we will continue to welcome immigrants to our shores. The Canadian economy cannot grow successfully without the skilled labour necessary to do so and immigration can be a source of such labour.
We therefore support Canada’s immigration point system which ensures that economic migrants add to the national skill set.
At the same time, this aspect of Canadian immigration policy is amongst the many that are fraught with problems. For instance there is no monitoring of the correlation between the job skills presented by potential immigrants and those demanded by labour market forces. This is a contributing factor to the many immigrants who have not been able to find satisfactory employment.
The CHP will therefore closely monitor labour market needs and match those needs with immigration applicants. This will help the new immigrant to readily establish themselves as contributing members of Canadian society, and prevent a drain on the social services for immigrants who cannot find employment.
Another aspect of Canadian immigration policy which needs to be re-evaluated is the use of immigration to try to reduce the ever increasing unfunded liabilities created by the growing numbers of those entitled to collect Canada’s CPP and OAS. Immigration has been touted as the necessary offset to the growing burden of retiring workers, but research from the Fraser Institute shows that this is unachievable and unsustainable.
Often new immigrants are middle-aged and will be retiring themselves in a short number of years. CHP Canada would place greater long-term emphasis on strengthening the family, and increasing the national birth rate, coupled with short-term immigration of skilled and qualified immigrants.