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Survey says, young immigrants may leave Canada due to the high cost of living

Survey says, young immigrants may leave Canada due to the high cost of living.

Key Takeawyas:

  • According to a survey conducted by Leger for the ICC, 30% of new Canadians aged 18-34 and 23% of new Canadians with a university education plan to relocate within the next two years.
  • The cost of living in Canada has recently increased at a rate not seen in over 30 years, with economists predicting even higher inflation rates.

According to a new poll, 30% of new, young immigrants to Canada could leave in the next two years.

According to a survey taken by Leger for the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), 30% of new Canadians aged 18-34 and 23% of university-educated new Canadians said they plan to relocate within the next two years.

While both Canadian adults and new Canadians surveyed thought Canada provided a high quality of life for immigrants, researchers found that Canadians were more optimistic about Canada’s prospects than immigrants themselves.

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In a press release issued Wednesday, ICC CEO Daniel Bernhard said, “Canada is a nation of immigrants — as well as one of the stories we say ourselves is that we are welcoming to fresh immigrants, wherever they may be from.” “However, while this may be true in general, new survey data suggests that many new Canadians are experiencing a crisis of confidence in the country, which should raise alarm bells in Ottawa.”

When asked if they believe Canadians don’t understand the challenges faced by immigrants, 72 percent of new Canadians said yes, compared to 54 percent of Canadians.

The cost of living in Canada is one of the issues raised by immigrants in the survey. According to the survey, 75% of new Canadians between 18 and 34 believe that the rising cost of living makes immigrants less likely to remain in Canada, a sentiment shared by 46% of Canadians in the same age group.

The cost of living in Canada has recently risen at a rate not seen in more than 30 years, with economists predicting even higher inflation rates. With record-low mortgage rates catapulting Canadian home prices 52 % higher over the last two years and fewer rentals accessible at an affordable price, housing is also becoming increasingly scarce.

As per a survey, young immigrants may leave Canada due to the high cost of living
As per a survey, young immigrants may leave Canada due to the high cost of living. Image from CBC News

The current leadership, as well as the high cost of living, have been the top two reasons given by new immigrants who would not suggest Canada to other prospective immigrants as a place to live.

Over the next three years, the federal government plans to increase the number of new permanent residents in Canada to fill gaps in critical workforce sectors such as health care and education. However, researchers believe that Canada will need to provide more support to newcomers for this to happen.

“The data indicate that younger, highly skilled immigrants, in particular, are beginning to fall through the cracks,” said Dave Scholz, Leger’s executive vice-president, in a statement. “We must continue to work hard to ensure that we are welcoming newcomers and providing them with the resources they need to succeed and that we remain a country of opportunity.”

Source: CTV News

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