Immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino suggested that Canada is on track to meet the ambitious immigration targets for 2021.
Mr. Marco Mendicino said 26,600 newcomers were admitted in January, in a video interview with Bloomberg news. That translates to about ten (10) percent increase from January 2020, before Canada went into total lockdown in March.
Mr. Mendicino said that with new admissions in February, the federal government is almost forty (40) percent ahead of the pace required to meet the ambitious immigration targets of 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021.
On February 13, the federal government of Canada invited 27,332 immigration candidates to file for permanent residence via the popular Express Entry system, about five times more than the last record-breaking draw.
Canada’s immigration department, IRCC, invited every single candidate who was qualified for the Canadian Experience Class. An estimated Ninety (90) percent of these candidates were already in Canada at the time of the draw.
Canada’s borders are still partially closed for non-essential travel. After travel restrictions went into force in March 2020, the number of permanent residents decreased to about fifty (50) percent. The year ended with Canada admitting just 184,370 newcomers compared with 341,175 in 2019.
This reduced number of new immigrants means Canada’s population growth slowed to a halt in 2020. In an average year, immigrants make up about eighty (80) percent of Canada’s population growth.
In an effort to make up for the shortfalls of new immigrants, Canada increased the immigration targets over the next three years. Rising from 401,000 this year to 421,000 in 2023.
Canada is prioritizing immigration applicants who are already living in the country, while travel restrictions are still in place.
The Canadian government has not released any details on when travel restrictions will be lifted. For now, Canadian citizens, permanent residents, their family members, essential workers, and foreign students are among the key groups exempted from travel restrictions.Share with friends