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Canada’s surging cost of living fuels reverse immigration

By AFP
December 11, 2023

TORONTO: The dream of making it big in Canada is turning into a battle for survival for many immigrants due to the high cost of living and rental shortages, as rising emigration numbers hint at newcomers being forced to turn their back on a country that they chose to make their adopted home.

The Canadian flag flies upside-down on Parliament Hill on Jan. 28, 2023. — AFP
The Canadian flag flies upside-down on Parliament Hill on Jan. 28, 2023. — AFP 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made immigration his main weapon to blunt Canada’s big challenge of an aging and slowing population, and it has also helped fuel economic growth. That drove Canada’s population up at its fastest clip in more than six decades this year, Statistics Canada said.