The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) has succeeded in breaking the record in terms of the number of new permanent residents admitted to the country in 2022. A total of 431645 new permanent residents were admitted to Canada in the year and it surpassed the number of 2021, which was 401000. About this achievement, Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said, “It is a testament to the strength and resilience of our country and its people. Newcomers play an essential role in filling labour shortages, bringing new perspectives and talents to our communities, and enriching our society as a whole. I am excited to see what the future holds and look forward to another historic year in 2023 as we continue to welcome newcomers.”
IRCC processes a high number of applications
The IRCC processed a total of 5.2 million applications in 2022 and these included applications for permanent residence, temporary residence and citizenship. This is also double the number of applications processed in 2021.
According to the IRCC, new resources, new technology, streamlined processing and bringing more processes online are reasons for the increase in the number of applications processed and for the high number of admissions. The government has committed $50 million to the IRCC for 2022-2023 in the Fall Economic Statement to address the ongoing backlog of applications. At present, the backlog stands at 1.09 million applications across all lines of business as of November 30, 2022.
Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025
As per the Immigration Levels Plan for 2023-25, Canada will be welcoming as high as 500000 new permanent residents each year by 2025. For 2023, the target is 465000.
Canada needs immigrants
Canada depends completely on immigration for labour force growth. Canada still has around one million job vacancies. Canada’s population is aging fast and the country is facing a shortage of skilled labourers. Besides, around nine million Canadians are about to hit their retirement age of 65 by 2030. Canada’s population growth is also totally dependent on immigration as the country has one of the lowest global birth rates. So, boosting population is another purpose of Canada behind welcoming such a high number of immigrants.