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Canada will stay open to 'large numbers' of immigrants to fill jobs

'We need to attract workers' to maintain businesses, public services, minister says

Canada’s Minister of Immigration Sean Fraser says skilled immigrants can help small Canadian communities protect their economic interests.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Canada aims to boost immigration as it combats labor shortages in the medical field and skilled trades, the country's immigration minister told Nikkei in a recent interview, a push that has attracted more people from Asia.

"We need to continue to welcome people in large numbers to offset [labor] challenges," said Sean Fraser, Canada's minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship.

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