Edition 24, November 2023 - New Environics Institute survey shows shifting attitudes toward immigration
9 November 2023
For respondents who felt there was too much immigration to Canada, 41% of British Columbians said the reason for this is that immigrants drive up housing prices and/or lead to lack of housing for other Canadians, compared to 29% in 2022. Interestingly, the percentage of respondents who cited that immigrants are a threat to Canadian culture and values as their reason for feeling there was too much. [...] Commitments from the Province of BC and the Government of Canada to address concerns about housing availability and affordability may work to offset these worries. [...] While the intended number of privately sponsored refugees (PSRs) will increase slightly, from 27,505 in 2023 to 28,250 by 2026, the number of government-assisted refugee (GAR) admissions maintains the decrease from last year’s 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan, from 25,000 in 2024 to 15,250 in 2025 and 2026. Prior to releasing the Immigration Levels Plan, IRCC also released An Immigration System. [...] Detailed information about targets for the 2024-2026 Immigration Levels Plan is available on the IRCC website. AMSSA and BC Refugee Hub release housing toolkit for front-line workers In response to ongoing challenges faced by newcomer clients in the BC housing market, there has been more focus on supporting appropriate housing placement and search by settlement service providers. AMSSA and the BC. [...] In addition, it presents innovative practices from agencies exploring new programs and partnerships to provide more housing options to clients. This toolkit is available on the BC Refugee Resource Network Resources page and provides downloadable tools for use and adaptation to an agency’s specific needs as well as a guide to the rental process and ways for providers to make effective use of the t.