Immigrants a $20-billion burden to taxpayers? 0
A new report from the Fraser Institute suggests recent immigrants are costing Canadian taxpayers $20 billion annually.
“Immigrants who arrived since 1986 earn less and pay less tax than they receive in benefits from government spending,” writes Fraser Institute senior fellow Herbert Grubel in the study titled Canada’s Immigrant Selection Policies. “They are costing Canadian taxpayers about $20 billion annually.”
The think-tank claims this burden could be lifted if Canada’s immigrant selection process were to move away from the current points system — which takes into account candidates’ education, work experience and language competence — and toward a new system dependent on the employment needs of the private sector, wherein pre-arranged work contracts would become the main selection criterion for immigrants.
Grubel argues Ottawa should quit allowing immigrants to sponsor parents and grandparents, a proposal immigration advocates claim doesn’t take into account the intangible benefits an immigrant’s family members would bring if allowed to enter Canada.
“How well integrated would you be, how settled would you be without your family, your loved ones?” said Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., a social services organization assisting new immigrants. “Do we want Canada to be perceived as a nation that just uses people’s skills and then forgets about their family system, their social system?”