As per the Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023, the country will be welcoming more than 400000 immigrants per year. According to the Plan, Canada will be welcoming 401000 immigrants in 2021; 411000 immigrants in 2022 and 421000 immigrants in 2023. The last time Canada admitted more than 400,000 immigrants was in the year 1913.
Under latest Immigration Levels Plan, around 60 per cent of all immigrants will be admitted under economic class programs, through Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program.
The Immigration Levels Plan is the important immigration announcement made by the Government of Canada every year. It is in this Plan announcement Canada reveals how many new immigrants the country will be admitting each year. Canada admits immigrants under the following categories, which are economic, family, refugee, humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
Earlier, on March 12, Canada had announced the Immigration Levels Plan for 2020-2022. But soon, the country had to close the borders owing to COVID-19 pandemic. So it is unlikely that Canada will be meeting the immigration target set for the current year, which is 34100. But despite the restrictions related to COVID-19, the country has been conducting Express Entry draws and Provincial Nominee Program draws.
Why is Canada keeping immigration levels high?
Canada’s population is aging fast, with nearly 18 per cent of the population above the age of 65. Also, the country has one of the lowest birth rates at 1.47 births per woman. The slow population growth will affect Canada’s economic growth and future spending on social welfare. So the country is trying to overcome this crisis by primarily resorting to immigration.
Canada immigration during COVID-19
COVID-19 seriously affected the immigration plans of Canada for the year 2020, with the number of new immigrants admitted to the country dropping significantly. In August 2020, Canada admitted 64 per cent fewer new permanent residents compared to August 2019. This was mainly because even those who obtained permanent residence status could not travel to the country owing to travel restrictions.
A recent study conducted by Environics Institute has observed that Canadians have a positive attitude towards immigration as they think that immigration would make the country better. This is in contrast to the neighbouring US, which has adopted a number of anti-immigrant policies in the past few years under the rule of President Donald Trump. But Canadians look at immigration as helpful for long-term recovery from the impact of COVID-19 on the country’s economy.
Canada will be admitting more number of immigrants in the coming years. So if you are thinking about moving to Canada permanently, start the preparations today. For guidance and support, contact CanApprove now!