OTTAWA – Canada is on track to meet its goal of 431,645 new permanent residents this year instead of its initial plan to welcome 411,000 newcomers in lined to its immigration goals, to strengthen the economy, reunite families, and help refugees.
Each year, the federal department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) releases a new Immigration Levels Plan which it uses to guide its operations.
Over the coming three years, Canada will target the following number of new immigrant landings:
- 2022: 431,645 permanent residents;
- 2023: 447,055 permanent residents;
- 2024: 451,000 permanent residents.
In a statement to CIC News, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said “This levels plan is a balance of needs for our country and our international obligations. It focuses on attracting skilled workers who will contribute to Canada’s economy and tackle the labour shortage, while recognizing the importance of family reunification, and helping the world’s most vulnerable populations through refugee resettlement.”
“Our focus remains on supporting our economic resurgence through increased retention of newcomers in regions with real economic, labour and demographic challenges. I’m proud of what Canada has achieved thus far, and I want wait to see how newcomers will continue to make Canada a top destination of choice,” Fraser further stated.
In 2015, Canada accepted approximately 250,000 immigrants. It announced a new baseline target of 300,000 newcomers year in 2016. Prior to the pandemic, the target was set at around 340,000 immigrants, but due to the pandemic, immigration fell to less than 200,000 in 2020.
The Canadian government then made the unexpected announcement in October 2020 that it would look to welcome over 400,000 immigrants annually in the future to help support the country’s post-COVID economic recovery. This is one of the most aggressive targets in Canadian history.
Last year, Canada set a new record for newcomers by welcoming 405,000 new permanent residents, the majority of whom came from within the country. Prior to the pandemic, the majority of new immigrants to Canada came from other countries.
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