Canada Aims to Welcome over 400,000 Immigrants Every Year – The immigration levels plan is one of the most important announcements made by the government of Canada each year. The number of permanent residents and the category under which they are to be admitted is explicitly stated in the announcement. Usually, Canada admits foreign nationals under the following categories: Refugee, Family, Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds.
Before the pandemic hit in 2020, the Government of Canada had announced on the 12th of March that it would be increasing the number of immigrants admitted into the country between 2020 through to 2023. However, with the pandemic, it may be safe to assume that they had fallen short of its set target hence the new plans released earlier this year.
In February of 2022, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government announced its ambitious plan to welcome more than 1.3 million immigrants over the next three years. According to the plan released earlier this year, the government of Canada intends to add more than 431,000 Permanent residents this year, 447,000 in 2023, and 451,000 in 2024. Figures for this year and 2023 were revised from the previously released plan for 2020.
Why is Canada Welcoming Over 400,000 Immigrants Every Year?
According to Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, immigration has helped shape Canada into the country that it is today, and in this post-pandemic era with the Canadian government focusing on economic recovery, immigration is a key factor in aiding this recovery.
Immigration has since been a major driver of Canada’s economy and accounts for a significant amount of its employment growth.
Also, to combat the negative fiscal impacts of its low birth rate and aging population, the nation is set on maintaining high levels of Immigration.
This year 2022, Canada would welcome 56% of new immigrants under the economic class pathways such as the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), Express Entry, and the Temporary to Permanent Residence (TR2PR) stream.
With the IRCC set to land almost 83,000 newcomers this year through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), the PNP would be the main pathway for admitting economic class immigrants. This year, admissions through Express Entry have been cut in half by the IRCC to focus on PNP but this would return to its normal levels by 2024 when the target would be on Express Entry Immigrants.
By 2024, overall admissions would amount to 1.14% of the Canadian population with over 60% of the newcomers admitted as Economic Immigrants selected on the basis of their occupation or skill.