According to the article, recent polls suggest that 67% of respondents are concerned about rising immigration levels, as economic stressors such as a cost-of-living crisis and housing affordability challenges add to a growing anti-immigrant sentiment.
Mr. Jain, however, remains optimistic, emphasizing that this decline in support is linked to temporary economic pressures, especially considering the potential decrease in international students and stabilization of permanent residence numbers. He also believes that as economic conditions improve, the negative sentiment surrounding immigration may dissipate. Other experts share a similar view, suggesting that the perceived anti-immigrant turn is contingent on economic factors rather than a fundamental shift in attitude.
In response to the changing landscape, the government announced that beginning in 2026, it will not increase the intake of permanent residents. This is the first time that immigration levels have not been increased since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government came into power in 2015. The decision aims to stabilize newcomer numbers, allowing for successful integration while addressing housing, infrastructure planning, and sustainable population growth.
Mr. Jain’s insights, alongside those of other experts, underscore the dynamic interplay between economic conditions and public attitudes toward immigration in Canada, signaling a potential shift in sentiment once economic pressures ease.