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Canada immigration targets

Canada landed 46,315 Permanent Residents in October 2021

Canada welcomed 46,315 new immigrants in October 2021. This puts Canada well on track to meet its 2021 goal of 401,000 newcomers.

Prior to the pandemic, the country welcomed between 25,000 and 35,000 new immigrants in a given month.

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Canada has already welcomed 313,700 newcomers this year. That represents an average of 31,370 new immigrants per month so far in 2021. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said he would be happy to increase immigration numbers further.

Canada immigration levels

To reach its 2021 target, the country needs to land 43,650 new permanent residents per month in November and December.

The Canadian government continues to emphasize its needs for immigrants to help recover from the pandemic’s economic impact.

In the first half of the year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) took significant steps to support the government’s ability to achieve the goal. For instance, see Canada announced dramatic increases to immigration levels for 2021 to 2023. See also Canada to spend Millions on immigration to spark economic recovery.

In addition, in May 2021, IRCC launched six temporary immigration streams. The programs will allow some 90,000 international student graduates and essential workers currently living in Canada to transition to permanent residence.

Canada ready to increase immigration levels again

In a Bloomberg interview, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said the government has until mid-February 2022 to present a new Immigration Levels Plan to parliament. The current plan targets 411,000 newcomers in 2022 and 421,000 in 2023.

Fraser said the government is on track to exceed its goal of offering permanent residency to 401,000 people this year. Speaking in the interview with Bloomberg, Fraser said he’s even prepared to increase immigrant targets — currently set at 411,000 for next year — if he deems additional newcomers are needed to fill labor shortages.