On October 30,2020 Marco Mendicino – Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship presented Canada’s immigration targets for 2021 – 2023 as per below:
2021: 401 000 immigrants
2022: 411 000 immigrants
2023: 421 000 immigrants
Above proposal aim for the highest number of immigrants in Canadian history. The goal of increased levels is to help economy to recover after COVID-19, drive future growth and create new jobs.
The global pandemic proved how Canadian economy relies on immigrants. Due closed borders and travel restrictions employers experienced labour shortages in many sectors. Especially in farming, producing and health industry.
Even though Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continued to process applications, due limited resources and capacity it created labour gaps. New immigration levels for coming years should compensate the shortfall and increase admissions to Canada for new immigrants.
Currently, Canada is experiencing a 64%drop in the number of new permanent residents landing in the country comparing to 2019.A lot of them were not able to travel and their documents expired.
New Plan will help to place Canada among the world’s top destinations for talents, create a foundation for economic growth , reunite families and fulfill humanitarian commitments.
Coming years will show how the IRCC is helping to fill targeted quotas.
“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.”
– The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
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