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

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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.

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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.

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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

2020 2021 2022
Economic Federal High Skilled 91,800 91,150 91,550
Federal Business 750 750 750
Economic Pilots: Caregivers; Agri-Food Immigration Pilot; Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot 5,200 7,150 9,500
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program 5,000 5,000 5,000
Provincial/Territorial Nominee Program 67,800 71,300 73,000
Quebec Skilled Workers and Business 25,250 TBD TBD
Total Economic 195,800 203,050 212,050
Family Spouses, Partners and Children 70,000 70,000 70,000
Parents and Grandparents 21,000 21,000 21,000
Total Family 91,000 91,000 91,000
Refugees and Protected Persons Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad 18,000 20,000 20,500
Resettled Refugees – Government-Assisted 10,700 10,950 11,450
Resettled Refugees – Privately Sponsored 20,000 20,000 20,000
Resettled Refugees – Blended Visa Office-Referred 1,000 1,000 1,000
Total Refugees and Protected Persons 49,700 51,950 52,950
Humanitarian and Other Total Humanitarian & Compassionate and Other 4,500 5,000 5,000
Overall Planned Permanent Resident Admissions 341,000 351,000 361,000

See also Canada rated best country for accepting immigrants – Gallup World Poll

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