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Posted on October 31 2020

Canada to welcome 400,000+ immigrants in 2021

By  Editor
Updated January 13 2024

On October 30, 2020, the federal government of Canada announced its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan. The announcement comes as a part of the 2020 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration.

2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan

Year Projected Admissions – Targets
2021 401,000
2022 411,000
2023 421,000

According to the statement by Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco E. L. Mendicino in the Annual Report, “Canada continues to be a safe and welcoming destination for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Immigrants enrich Canada beyond measure …. Newcomers bring their heritage and culture, but also their talent, ideas and perspectives.”

For over a century, Canada has relied upon immigration as a means of supporting the economic, cultural along with population growth in the country.

In addition to those choosing to migrate overseas to Canada, many others head towards Canada as well for staying temporarily – as a temporary foreign worker, international student, or simply a visitor.

Irrespective of their pathway into Canada, all contribute to the Canadian economy, while supporting the success and growth of different industries. The diversity and multiculturalism in Canada also gets a boost in turn.

Emphasizing the importance that immigration holds for Canada, the 2020 Annual Report lays down that, “Immigration has helped to build the country that the world sees today – a diverse society with strong economic and social foundations, and with continued potential for further growth and prosperity.”

Further, the Report states, “Immigration will continue to be a key driver in advancing Canada’s economy, especially in the context of low birth rates and its vital role in growing the working age population, and it will remain so into the future.”

Estimates suggest that by early 2030s, the population growth in Canada will rely exclusively on immigration.

The immigration target for 2020 was set for 341,000, as per the 2020-2022 Immigration Levels announced on March 12 this year. However, the imposition of COVID-19 special measures a week later [on March 18] has impacted the total admissions of newcomers into the country.

In order to compensate for the shortfall, the federal government of Canada has set – in 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan – the most ambitious immigration target in Canadian history.

Historically, the only time that more than 400,000 immigrants found their way into Canada within a year was in way back in 1913.

2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan
  Immigrant Category Target for 2021 Target for 2022 Target for 2023
Overall planned permanent resident  admissions 401,000 411,000 421,000
Economic Federal High Skilled [includes the FSWP, FSTP, CEC] 108,500 110,500 113,750
Federal Business [Start-up Visa Program and the Self-employed Persons Program] 1,000 1,000 1,000
AFP, RNIP, caregivers 8,500 10,000 10,250
AIPP 6,000 6,250 6,500
PNP 80,800 81,500 83,000
Quebec Skilled Workers and Business Between 26,500 to 31,200 CSQs to be issued To be determined To be determined
Total Economic 232,500 241,500 249,500
Family Spouses, Partners and Children 80,000 80,000 81,000
Parents and Grandparents 23,500 23,500 23,500
Total family 103,500 103,500 104,500
Total Refugees and Protected Persons 59,500 60,500 61,000
Total Humanitarian and Other 5,500 5,500 6,000

Note. – FSWP: Federal Skilled Worker Program, FSTP: Federal Skilled Trades Program, CEC: Canadian Experience Class, AFP: Agri-Food Pilot, RNIP: Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, AIPP: Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, CSQ: Certificat de sélection du Québec.

Canada’s annual Immigration Levels Plan determines the total number of permanent residents that Canada aims to admit in a calendar year.

According to the 2020 Annual Report, “The 2021–2023 Immigration Levels Plan has been developed considering the evolving situation of COVID-19 and its implications for permanent resident admissions.”

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate Overseas, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No. 1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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