In 2020, Canada was severely affected by the impact of COVID-19. However, the fall in the number of immigrants revealed the significance of immigrants and their contributions towards the Canadian society. So, in 2021, Canada took certain effective measures to improve the situation. As a result, there has been a remarkable rise in the number of immigrants admitted to the country.
In 2021, immigrants have contributed in a big way towards to economic recovery of Canada. They have found jobs in Canada’s healthcare system, Canada’s technological companies, farms etc. Canada reopened its borders for international travellers in September 2021, even while many other countries closed their doors to immigrants. Still the country continues to loosen border restrictions and plans to welcome more immigrants in the coming months. The economy, which is recovering fast from the impact of COVID-19 has also opened up thousands of job opportunities.
Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-23
As per the Immigration Levels Plan of Canada for the years 2021-23, the country is planning to welcome up to 1.2 million new immigrants. For the year 2021, the target is 401000 new immigrants. For 2022 it is 411000 and for 2023, the target is 421000. In 2021, around 108500 of the admitted candidates will be economic immigrants, who belong to categories such as federal high skilled immigrants, federal business immigrants and immigrants through the Provincial Nominee Program or the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.
Digitizing the immigration process
Canada government has also been upgrading and modernising the immigration system in the past few years. Today, Canada has one of the most sophisticated immigration systems in the world. The IRCC is aiming to accelerate the digitization of immigration processes over 2021. They have already implemented advanced data analytics to process temporary resident visa applications from countries which have a high volume of applications. This helps the IRCC employees to accelerate their work and take informed decisions.
High level of immigration in 2021
As a result of increased number of immigrants admitted, the population of the country significantly rose in 2021. The population is expected to grow further in the coming two years. Canada government will also be introducing new plans to improve the current immigration streams and systems and to introduce new programs and pathways for immigrants.
Canada to welcome more immigrants
Ever since the early 2000s, Canada has been steadily increasing the number of immigrants admitted to the country every year. The country upholds the principles of multiculturalism and openness towards immigrants. The government under the incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has particularly been keen about increasing the number of immigrants admitted to the country every year. The trend is all likely to continue especially in the context where the Canadian population is aging fast and the birth-rate is declining.