OTTAWA, ON – Today Hon. Michelle Rempel issued the following statement in response to the announcement that the Liberal government will be cutting the number of newcomers it receives through economic streams, and through the Caregiver Program: “It is the responsibility of the federal government to balance the needs of the Canadian economy with our humanitarian responsibilities. The 2016 Immigration Levels Plan, which was finally tabled today after much delay, indicates that the federal government will be cutting economic immigration, which was at no time communicated to Canadians during the election campaign. “With nearly a 250% increase to the refugee stream, Syrian refugees are still without language training and permanent housing, which the government has not explained how it will pay for. Cuts to the economic immigration stream will further compound these issues. The Liberals talk about transparency, but their actions are deceptive and misleading. “The Liberal government has announced that they are cutting 15,000[1] spots for federal skilled workers, 8,000 spots from caregivers, and 900 spots from business immigration streams. They are effectively cancelling our previous Conservative government’s plan to reduce the backlog in the Caregiver Program, which included increasing our targets to 30,000 caregivers each year for a two year period. “These caregivers support families and the most vulnerable, and they play a vital role in Canada’s economy. What effect will this have on the backlog in caregiver applications?” ________________________________ [1] Numbers are based on high estimates from http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/notices/2014-11-06.asp compared to high estimates from http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1038699. Note that Federal Economic – Highly Skilled high estimates for 2016 include Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.