CANADA TO AIM TO WELCOME OVER 400,000 IMMIGRANTS PER YEAR OVER THE NEXT THREE CALENDAR YEARS
Canada will aim to dramatically increase immigration levels by welcoming more than 1.2 million newcomers between 2021 and 2023, in order to support economic recovery through immigration.
As per the new 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan tabled today by the Canadian Immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino, Canada will target the highest level of immigration in its history, welcoming the following level of new permanent residents over the next three calendar years:
· 2021: 401,000 immigrants
· 2022: 411,000 immigrants
· 2023: 421,000 immigrants
In Canada’s immigration history, the year 1913 is the only time when Canada welcomed over 400,000 immigrants in a calendar year, admitting a total of 401,000 newcomers. This was over 5 per cent of its population in newcomers then. Canada has never come close to this figure again.
According to the government news release, the 2021‒2023 Immigration Levels Plan sets out a path for responsible increases to immigration targets to help the Canadian economy recover from COVID-19, drive future growth and create jobs for middle class Canadians.
Canada’s Health-care systems and other industries rely on the talent of newcomers to maintain supply chains, expand their businesses and, in turn, create more jobs for Canadians.
Although Canada continued to accept and process immigration applications throughout the pandemic, the global travel restrictions and capacity constraints led to a shortfall in admissions over the last several months. To compensate for the shortfall and ensure Canada has the workers it needs to fill crucial labour market gaps and remain competitive on the world stage, Canada has come up with its most ambitious immigration levels plan in its history, aiming to continue welcoming immigrants at a rate of about 1% of the population of Canada.
The 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan will aim to welcome about 60 per cent of the newcomers under economic class programs, with the next largest group being the family class, followed by refugees, and humanitarian & compassionate grounds classes.
Highlights of the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan include
· an increase in admissions over the 3 years of the plan to make up the shortfall in 2020
· a focus on economic growth, with about 60% of admissions to come from the Economic Class
· a continued focus on innovative and community-driven approaches to address diverse labour and demographic needs across the country
· a renewed commitment to capacity-building and digital transformation in Canada’s immigration system, to support operations and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on the processing of applications
· additional points for French-speaking candidates under Express Entry, to promote the growth of Francophone communities outside of Quebec
· a commitment to admit up to 500 refugees over the next 2 years through the Economic Mobility Pathways Project, an innovative approach that helps qualified refugees apply for permanent residence through existing economic immigration pathways
· a pathway to permanent residency for eligible asylum claimants who were working on the front lines of the pandemic between March 13 and August 14, 2020, providing direct care to patients in health-care institutions.
The 2021–2023 Immigration Levels Plan will help cement Canada’s place among the world’s top destinations for talent, creating a strong foundation for economic growth while reuniting family members with their loved ones and fulfilling Canada’s humanitarian commitments.
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