Canada’s immigration minister had expressed confidence that Canada will be achieving their 2021 immigration target despite the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Marco E. L. Mendicino, “I am confident that we are doing everything we can to meet that target and we will meet that target and the reason it is important to hit that target is because immigrants create jobs”.
Immigration is important for Canada. As per the Message from the Immigration Minister in the 2020 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, “Even as we adjust to the extraordinary challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot lose sight of the enormous benefits immigration presents to our prosperity and way of life. Newcomers bring their heritage and culture, but also their talent, ideas and perspectives”.
While Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] has continued to accept and process applications even during the COVID-19 pandemic, immigration has been impacted to a certain extent with service disruptions and limitations.
Addressing the shortfall, the federal government of Canada has set an ambitious immigration target as per the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan.
|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|
|Quebec Skilled Workers and Business||Between 26,500 to 31,200 CSQs to be issued||To be determined||To be determined|
|Family||Spouses, Partners and Children||80,000||80,000||81,000|
|Parents and Grandparents||23,500||23,500||23,500|
|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, PNP: Provincial Nominee Program, AFP: Agri-Food Pilot, RNIP: Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, AIP: Atlantic Immigration Pilot, CSQ: Certificat de sélection du Québec.
Previously, Canada had set an immigration target of 351,000 for 2021, followed by 361,000 admissions in 2022.
Recently, 6 new pathways to Canadian permanent residence have been announced. While there is a cap of 90,000 on 3 of the categories targeted at anglophone applicants, the other 3 new Canada PR streams for bilingual and francophone candidates have no numerical limit.
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