Historically, Canada was one of the few countries in the world that accepted immigrants. Today immigrants are going to a lot more countries than they had previously. According to Stephen Harper, we are now seeing a shift in our immigration system. We are going away from a “passive” immigration system in which Canada accepted people on a first come first serve basis, to a more “active” immigration system in which immigrants are chosen according to their potential benefit to Canada. One program that best embodies the government’s approach is the Canada Experience Class. Under this program, people are granted permanent resident status based on the fact that they have already proven that they can integrate into Canadian society and meet its labour-market needs. Workers and students who have spent time in Canada on temporary permits are given priority in getting their permanent resident status. Their applications are usually processed within one year. Approximately 100,000 students and 200,000 temporary workers come to Canada on an annual basis. This group has a good chance of gaining permanent residency in Canada. Canada plans to admit 265,000 new permanent residents in 2013.