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Canada surpassed 2021 Immigration Target

Canada surpassed 2021 immigration levels plan target of 401,000 new PRs

Canada hit a historic record and surpassed its 2021 Levels Immigration Plan target. The country welcomed over 401,000 new permanent residents to Canada in 2021. This is the largest number in a single year in Canadian history.

The only other time that Canada surpassed the 400,000 immigrant figure was in 1913. However, this would fall in the subsequent First World War years.

In 2021 the Canadian government doubled down on its commitment to use immigration to help recover from the pandemic’s economic impact.

Canada relies on immigration to drive its economy, enrich its communities and support its aging population. One in 3 Canadian businesses is owned by an immigrant, and 1 in 4 health care workers is a newcomer. Immigration creates jobs, spurs innovation and helps address labour shortages. New Canadians contribute to communities across the country every day.

Immigration accounts for almost 100% of Canada’s labour force growth. Roughly 75% of Canada’s population growth comes from immigration, mostly in the economic category. By 2036, immigrants will represent up to 30% of Canada’s population, compared with 20.7% in 2011.

Immigration addresses labour shortages in key sectors such as health care. Immigrants make up 37% of pharmacists, 36% of physicians, 39% of dentists, 23% of registered nurses, and 35% of nurse aides and related occupations.

In 2019, Canada welcomed more than 341,000 permanent residents. Despite the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada also admitted over 184,500 new permanent residents over the course of 2020.

2021 immigration levels plan and success factors

In the first half of 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) took significant steps to support the government’s ability to achieve its 3-year immigration targets. 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 allowed some 90,000 international student graduates and essential workers living in Canada to transition to permanent residence in 2021.

This historic achievement is particularly significant in the face of the pandemic’s many challenges. From closed borders to domestic lockdowns, global migration was impeded by COVID-19 since 2020.

IRCC rose to the occasion and processed a record half a million applications in 2021. To achieve this, IRCC added resources, embraced new technology and brought more processes online.

These changes are all permanent improvements to Canada’s immigration system.

Under the Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023, Canada is looking to welcome 411,000 new immigrants in 2022 and 421,000 immigrants in 2023. In a Bloomberg interview, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said the government s prepared to increase these targets additional newcomers are needed to fill labor shortages.