The Government of Canada will welcome more than 400,000 Permanent Residents in 2021 as part of its plan to fill the gap in admissions of new immigrants affected by the global travel restrictions due to global COVID-19 pandemic.
According to 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan tabled by Marco Mendicino, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Canada aims to welcome immigrants at a rate of about 1% of the population of Canada.
“Although Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continued to accept and process applications throughout the pandemic, the global travel restrictions and capacity constraints led to a shortfall in admissions over the last several months,” the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said in a statement.
The statement further added “To compensate for the shortfall and ensure Canada has the workers it needs to fill crucial labour market gaps and remain competitive on the world stage, the 2021 to 2023 levels plan aims to continue welcoming immigrants at a rate of about 1% of the population of Canada, including 401,000 permanent residents in 2021, 411,000 in 2022 and 421,000 in 2023. The previous plan set targets of 351,000 in 2021 and 361,000 in 2022.”
Meanwhile, Minister Mendicino said “Immigration is essential to getting us through the pandemic, but also to our short-term economic recovery and our long-term economic growth. Canadians have seen how newcomers are playing an outsized role in our hospitals and care homes, and helping us to keep food on the table. As we look to recovery, newcomers create jobs not just by giving our businesses the skills they need to thrive, but also by starting businesses themselves. Our plan will help to address some of our most acute labour shortages and to grow our population to keep Canada competitive on the world stage.”
According to IRCC, the pandemic highlighted the contribution of immigrants to the well-being of canadian communities and across all sectors of the Canadian economy.
IRCC also added that this multi-year levels plan recognizes the importance of family reunification and Canada’s global commitment to protecting those most at risk through refugee resettlement.