In the Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023, Canada announced that the country will be accepting more than 400,000 immigrants each year between 2021 and 2023. Out of these, around 60 per cent will be economic class immigrants, including those who would be admitted through Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program. Though Canada had announced that the country would be welcoming more than one million new permanent residents between 2020 and 2022, the border restrictions that had to be imposed in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak have affected the immigration levels. The rise in Canada’s immigration targets has given a new hope for aspiring immigrants who wish to move to the country permanently.
Indians and Canada immigration levels
Experts predict that this rise in immigration levels will greatly benefit Indians, as a significant majority of immigrants admitted to Canada every year are Indians. In the past few years, the number of Indians being admitted to Canada has increased remarkably. The total number of Indians admitted per year increased from 39,340 in 2016 to 85000 in 2019, which means an increase of 105 per cent. Two of the major reasons that boosted the number of Indian immigrants are the restrictive immigration policies of the US as well as the high demand for tech workers and healthcare workers in Canada. The number of Indian students enrolling in Canadian education institutions has also increased significantly from 76,075 in 2016 to 219,855 in 2019, which is a rise of almost 300 per cent.
Because of a high number Indian immigrants and students admitted to Canada every year, Indians have become one of the fastest growing communities in the country. In the total Canadian population of 37 billion, Indians constitute more than 1.6 million.