In the past year, Canada welcomed 320,932 immigrants to the country, which marks the largest annual figure since July, 1971. Last year 240,844 were accepted into Canada.
The large bump can be attributed to the 30,862 Syrian refugees taken in since November 2015.
Immigration Minister John McCallum has indicated that he’d like to increase the country’s immigration levels in the near future, mainly to deal with the difficulties presented by an aging population.
McCallum’s desires may not jive with many Canadians, according to a recent Nanos Research survey conducted for the Globe and Mail here. 39% of respondents would like the federal government to invite fewer immigrants. 37% would like to accept 320,932 in 2017 as well. 16% believe the current number is too low.