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Century Initiative welcomes key findings of the 2021 Focus Canada report

October 22, 2021

Results show continued public support for immigration and its role in Canada’s prosperity

The Environics Institute released the second report from its 2021 Focus Canada survey. The survey was conducted in partnership with the Century Initiative, supported by Scotiabank.

This year’s survey of more than 2,000 Canadians provides important insights into Canadian attitudes towards immigration and refugees. As the leading Canadian organization dedicated to thoughtful, purposeful population growth, Century Initiative is encouraged by the survey’s findings and we wanted to share the highlights with you, our supporters.

Among the survey’s most compelling findings is that two-thirds (65%) of Canadians reject the idea that immigration levels are too high, and a majority of Canadians (57%) agree that the country needs more immigration to grow our population. These results are essentially unchanged from 2020, but reflect a sea change in perspective from the 1980s and 1990s, when most Canadians firmly rejected the premise.

Equally important – over 80% – agree that immigration has a positive impact on the country’s economy. Canadians continue to see immigrants as making Canada a better rather than a worse country, mostly because of what they contribute to diversity and to the economy.

The Focus Canada survey shows that when it is done right, Canadians will support immigration and recognize its economic value to the country. That is why CI’s work – and your support for it – is so important.

Read the full report.