Canada will continue to raise immigration levels beyond the year 2020, even though many new permanent residents are unable to enter the country owing to the border restrictions imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. Bloomberg reports that in 2021, Canada is planning to welcome 351000 new permanent residents and in 2022, the target will be 361000 new permanent residents.
The total number of new permanent residents admitted by Canada between January and August 2020 is 128430. It was just days before travel restrictions were imposed on March 18 in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, Canada’s Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced that the country will be admitting over one million immigrants by 2022. But after the travel restrictions came into place, the admission of new permanent residents came down to merely 64 per cent.
Canada, for years, has been depending on immigration to ensure the availability of skilled workers and sustain a healthy level of population growth. Earlier, Mendicino stated that immigration would remain of “enduring value” to Canada. A meeting of Canada’s immigration ministers held in July also sent across the message that Canada is planning to keep the immigration levels high in the years to come too.
Though the immigration targets for the current year are high for Canada, travel restrictions are keeping the actual numbers low. Canada was planning to welcome 341000 new permanent residents in 2020. But only 128,186 new permanent residents arrived here between January and August 2020.
The low levels of immigration have already started to affect different sectors of the country and one among these is the housing market. It is expected that Mendicino would announce new immigration levels for Canada by the end of this month. If that happens, it will be the second announcement of immigration levels this year. He is supposed to present a new multi-year levels plan before the Parliament before November 1. A mandate letter from Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Mendicino is also expected, which will also make Canada’s future plans for immigration more clear.
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