Owing to the border restrictions introduced by Canada in the wake of COVID-19, there has been a significant drop in the rate of immigration to the country. This has led to a drastic fall in the population growth of Canada, highlighting once again why immigration is so important for this country. A report named ‘Canada’s Population Estimates, Fourth Quarter 2020’ released by Statistics Canada, a statistical services agency, says that international migration accounted for more than three quarters of the total population growth of Canada since 2016. It reached 85.7 percent in 2019. However, following the border and travel restrictions introduced in the wake of COVID-19 in March 2020, the percentage fell to 58. So the population increase through international migration in 2020 was about 80 percent lower compared to 2019.
Drop in Canada immigration rates
In 2020, the total number of immigrants welcomed by Canada was 184624. It is just half of the number of immigrants welcomed by Canada in 2019. According to Statistics Canada, the population growth rate of the country in 2020 was the lowest since 1945. Among the Canadian provinces and territories, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories witnessed zero population growth rate last year. In Newfoundland and Labrador, population was reduced by .6 per cent. The increase in death rate owing to COVID-19 is also a reason for the dismal rate of population growth in Canada.
Measures to improve Canada immigration rates
In the wake of this drastic drop in immigration, Canada has raised the immigration targets for this year. IRCC in its website said, “As we confront the pandemic’s second wave and chart a course for our recovery, attracting skilled immigrants who bring the talents and skills our economy needs to thrive is a central part of our plan.”
As per the Immigration Levels Plan of Canada for 2021-2023, the country will be welcoming more than 1.2 million immigrants during this period. The target for 2021 is 401000. For 2022, the target is 411000 and for 2023, it is 421000.
Speaking about the importance of immigration, Canada’s minister for immigration Marco 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.”
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