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Canada targets 351,000 new permanent residents in 2021 despite pandemic

Bloomberg News reports that after consulting with with various business, labor and settlement organizations to gauge the current demand for immigration, Canada remains committed to bringing 351,000 permanent residents in 2021 despite current travel restrictions.

The coronavirus pandemic has set back Canada’s ambitious immigration targets. In March 2020, Canada unveiled a plan to increase immigration over the next three years — targeting 341,000 permanent residents in 2020, 351,000 in 2021, and 361,000 in 2022.

Although Canada had aimed to welcome 341,000 new immigrants this year, but so far only 128,186 new permanent residents arrived between January and August as the pandemic wreaked havoc on immigration and travel plans.

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino is leaning against scaling back the government’s immigration targets for the coming years, according to two people familiar with the matter. That includes bringing in 351,000 new permanent residents in 2021 — the most in a century. The government will update its three-year projections within the next month.

Bloomberg News


Bloomberg identifies several impacts of the pandemic and related travel restrictions on Canada’s immigration-related economics. For example, international students have largely been unable to travel to Canada. Decline in immigration is having significant knock-on effects in the housing market as apartment vacancy rates have increased significantly, condo rental listings doubled and average rents plummeted by 9%.

Canada 2020-2022 Immigration Level: Targets

EconomicFederal High Skilled91,80091,15091,550
Federal Business750750750
Economic Pilots: Caregivers; Agri-Food Immigration Pilot; Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot5,2007,1509,500
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program5,0005,0005,000
Provincial/Territorial Nominee Program67,80071,30073,000
Quebec Skilled Workers and Business25,250TBDTBD
Total Economic195,800203,050212,050
FamilySpouses, Partners and Children70,00070,00070,000
Parents and Grandparents21,00021,00021,000
Total Family91,00091,00091,000
Refugees and Protected PersonsProtected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad18,00020,00020,500
Resettled Refugees – Government-Assisted10,70010,95011,450
Resettled Refugees – Privately Sponsored20,00020,00020,000
Resettled Refugees – Blended Visa Office-Referred1,0001,0001,000
Total Refugees and Protected Persons49,70051,95052,950
Humanitarian and OtherTotal Humanitarian & Compassionate and Other4,5005,0005,000
Overall Planned Permanent Resident Admissions341,000351,000361,000

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You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.