article A recent survey suggests Canadians may be more comfortable with a government-led immigration policy than they were in years past.
The poll by Ipsos Reid, released Tuesday, showed 52 per cent of Canadians are more comfortable than they’ve been in recent years with the current immigration system, while just 30 per cent were less comfortable.
But it was still the case that 43 per cent said the government should control the country’s borders, while 36 per cent supported a more flexible approach.
The Ipsos survey comes as the Conservative government announced plans to increase the number of refugees resettled in Canada by about 40 per cent in a bid to combat a surge in the number.
It will allow up to 5,000 people a year to settle in the country and provide $8 billion in grants and financial assistance to assist refugees and other newcomers.
The poll of 1,000 Canadians aged 18 and over was conducted between Sept. 25 and Oct. 3.
Ipsos has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of 2 percentage points.
The margin of error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.