Canada Welcomed 11,000 New Permanent Residents In August 2020

Canada welcomed 11,315 new permanent residents in August 2020. This was less than the 13,645 newcomers welcomed by Canada in July.

In addition to welcoming a fewer number of immigrants in August than the previous month, Canada’s August 2020 total was well short of the about 31,600 new immigrants it welcomed in August 2019.

The COVID-19 pandemic is to blame, of course, with Canada imposing travel restrictions since March of this year to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Before the advent of the pandemic, Canada was targeting the arrival of 341,000 newcomers in 2020 which is the same level it achieved last year.

Between January and August of 2020, Canada has received 128,400 new permanent immigrants. Based on current realities, it seems Canada’s permanent resident intake will fall short of 200,000 new immigrants this year for the first time since 1999.

The fall in Canada’s immigration target levels is temporary and is a function of travel restriction and other service disruptions related to the pandemic. Canada still remains committed to welcoming high levels of immigration.

The first sign of commitments to immigration is the ongoing Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program draws throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Bi-weekly Express Entry draws are continuing with Canada just having sent out a record-breaking total of Canadian permanent residence invitations to successful skilled workers candidates during the third quarter of 2020.

The PNP is also very active with the likes of Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Alberta, each hosting PNP draws during the pandemic. Quebec also, which operates its own immigration system, conducted its largest draw in over one year last week.

In late September, the federal government of Canada outlined immigration as a key priority in supporting Canada’s economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic.

Recently, Canada announced the re-opening of its Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP).

In the announcement, the Canada immigration ministry stated it would accept 30,000 PGP applications in 2021.

Given the PGP normally accounts for around six (6) percent of all new permanent immigrants to Canada each year, the 2021 PGP target is more sign that Canada remains committed to welcoming over 300,000 newcomers next year and beyond.

Canada will release its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan later this month.

The announcement will throw more light on the country’s immigration plans post-pandemic.

While Canada’s August 2020 permanent residents’ intake was much lesser than usual, and the coronavirus pandemic will likely keep new immigrants levels low in the short run, we can expect a massive rebound in Canada’s immigration levels as soon as next year.