Immigration in Canada

November 29, 2023

Recently, there has been a lot of public discussion regarding the number of immigrants admitted to Canada each year and the impact that the increasing Canadian population has on public services. From November 24 to 26, 2023, we surveyed Canadians to explore their opinions and concerns regarding immigration in Canada.

Download the report to learn more.

Some of the key highlights of our survey about immigration in Canada include…

  • Since March 2022, the proportion of Canadians who would like to welcome more immigrants has dropped from 17% to 9%. 43% of Canadians would like to welcome the same amount, and 39% would like to welcome fewer. Conservative voters are significantly more likely to want fewer immigrants welcomed into Canada.
  • Over half of Canadians (53%) believe that the federal government’s plan will admit too many immigrants to the country. This proportion is higher among Conservative voters (70%) and Canadians aged 55 and over (60%).
  • Although 72% of Canadians agree that immigrants play a key role in growing Canada’s population, similar proportions believe that immigrants are contributing to the housing crisis (75%) and putting pressure on the health care system (73%) and the school system (63%).


This web survey was conducted from November 24 to 26, 2023, with 1,529 Canadians, 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel. A margin of error cannot be associated with a non-probability sample in a panel survey. For comparison, a probability sample of 1,529 respondents would have a margin of error of ±2.51 %, 19 times out of 20.

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