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2022 record year for immigration to Canada, but housing challenges persist


Canada is bringing in more newcomers than ever before, breaking an all-time immigration record last year.


But the path to prosperity for new arrivals remains difficult as people face inflation, low wages in many sectors of the economy, and in particular, a lack of affordable housing.


To get a sense of the scale of this, immigration now makes up three quarters of this country’s population growth.


Canada is bringing in more newcomers than ever before, breaking an all-time immigration record last year. But the path to prosperity for new arrivals remains difficult as people face inflation, low wages in many sectors of the economy, and in particular, a lack of affordable housing. To get a sense of the scale of this, immigration now makes up three quarters of this country’s population growth.


“It is a testament to the strength and resilience of our country and its people. Newcomers play an essential role in filling labour shortages, bringing new perspectives and talents to our communities, and enriching our society as a whole,” Sean Fraser, Canada’s minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, said in a news release.


There were nearly 431,645 permanent residents added in 2022, shattering 2021’s previous high.


And while the country needs immigrants given so many people are retiring, Shawkat Hasan with the BC Muslim Association says many are having issues finding affordable housing.


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