The Government of British Columbia is using the government’s massive data breach on immigration processing time to make forecasts for the upcoming fiscal year.
“The Government of BC’s 2017 fiscal forecast shows an increased net migration rate of 3.3 per cent, which represents the largest increase in population in the last 10 years,” the government said in a release on Wednesday.
“With the forecasted net migration growth, BC will need to take a closer look at immigration processing.”
The BC government expects that the government will need an additional $2.6 billion in 2018-19 to cover the costs of a large-scale surge in immigrants arriving from Mexico and Central America.
The increase in immigration is expected to come after BC’s new “sanctuary city” law, passed by the legislature earlier this year, went into effect on Jan. 1.
“It’s important to note that the Government is using its 2017 fiscal forecasts as a guide for the 2017-18 fiscal year,” the release states.
“Because the forecasts are not yet final, it is difficult to say how much of a fiscal shock the legislation will cause to BC.”
It also notes that the new legislation does not provide for an increase in public funding for health and other public services.
“As a result, BC is projecting an overall fiscal shortfall of $2,065.9 million for the fiscal year ending in March 2019,” the Government wrote.
“However, this is likely to be balanced by an increase of 1,832.9 new jobs in the province over the same period.”
The release does not mention that the increase in migration would come after the legalization of marijuana.