Close to 40 percent of Canadians believe the immigration target for the country is too high, a new poll from the University of British Columbia and the Angus Reid Institute suggests.
Travel restrictions caused by COVID-19 have prevented many immigrants from entering Canadian borders. Since restrictions are now beginning to relax for the first time in over a year, the Trudeau Liberals plan to bring in over 400,000 new Canadian residents by next year.
Polls show that 39 percent of Canadians believe the government's plan is excessive. More than a third of Canadians believe welcoming 411,000 immigrants is a good amount of people. About 13 percent of Canadians believe the government can improve on their goal and welcome even more people into the country.
Albertans and Saskatchewanians counted for the majority Canadian residents who believed the figure was too high of a number for new immigrants, with 50 percent of Alberta and 54 percent of Saskatchewan arguing so.
It's an opinion that is also shared with people who voted for a Conservative government in past elections, with 64 percent disagreeing with Canada's immigration plans.
In total, one-in-eight Canadians believe the government should welcome more immigrants into the country than current targets.
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