Canada needs more Chinese immigrants, says federal minister

Canada’s immigration minister says the country needs more newcomers, but as housing prices skyrocket in Vancouver and Toronto the government hopes to attract them to other cities.

John McCallum recently returned from China where he lobbied officials to double or even triple the number of visa application centres in the country, in an effort to court Chinese students, workers and visitors.

He says Canada’s aging population means more young blood is needed, but the government wants to spread immigrants relatively evenly across the country, using tools such as a pilot program to attract newcomers to Atlantic Canada.

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