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Canada admitted 260,000 immigrants in 2014, equivalent to 0.7 percent of its population, and plans to accept 300,000 in 2016, including refugees. Canada has traditionally admitted immigrants rather than guest workers, but during the economic boom beginning in 2000, the government allowed employers to have easy access to guest workers.
The number of guest workers rose rapidly, so that by the end of 2014 there were 353,000 foreigners in Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker and International Mobility programs. Stories of employers favoring guest workers over Canadians prompted the government in 2014 to tighten regulations and remind employers of their obligations to give priority to Canadians and to cap the share of low-skilled guest workers at 10 percent of all workers, with exceptions for some employers who could have up to 20 percent.