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Canada aims to target at least 400,000 immigrants per year

Canada announced its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan. Canada will target the highest level of immigration in its history.Over the approaching three years, Canada will aim to welcome the subsequent level of latest permanent residents:

  • 2021: 401,000 immigrants
  • 2022: 411,000 immigrants
  • 2023: 421,000 immigrants

The only time Canada welcomed over 400,000 immigrants in a year was in 1913, when it admitted 401,000 newcomers. It has never come close to this figure again. The 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan aims to welcome about 60 per cent of all immigrants under economic class programs, including through Express Entry and therefore the Provincial Nominee Program.

The Immigration Levels Plan is that the most vital immigration announcement made by the government of Canada annually . It outlines the amount of latest permanent residents Canada aims to welcome over the approaching years, and what categories Canada aims to admit them under.

Canada welcomes immigrants under the subsequent categories: economic; family; refugee; and humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Earlier this year, on March 12, the federal announced Canada would aim to welcome over a million new permanent residents between 2020 and 2022. Days later, Canada had to shut its borders because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, Canada will likely fall well in need of the 341,000 immigration target it set for this year, however it’s been holding Express Entry draws throughout the pandemic that will end in Canada breaking its Express Entry record this year. In addition, Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws remain ongoing.

Canada’s immigration record was achieved in 1913 when it welcomed 401,000 immigrants which were over 5 per cent of its population in newcomers. Today, a 5 per cent newcomer intake would result in 2 million new immigrants arriving to Canada.