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Immigrants cost $23B a year: Fraser Institute report

ARPA Note: How should Canada, a nation of immigrants, treat new immigrants? ARPA Canada hopes to hold an event on multiculturalism and immigration for MP’s and Senators next spring in Parliament

National Post, May 17 2011: Immigrants to Canada cost the federal government as much as $23-billion annually and “impose a huge fiscal burden on Canadian taxpayers,” according to a think-tank report released Tuesday that was immediately criticized as telling only part of the story.

The Fraser Institute report (download the PDF here or see it below) says newcomers pay about half as much in income taxes as other Canadians but absorb nearly the same value of government services, costing taxpayers roughly $6,051 per immigrant and amounting to a total annual cost of somewhere between $16.3-billion and $23.6-billion. Keep reading

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