In an interview with Bloomberg News, Canada’s minister for immigration Marco Mendicino said that over 26,600 new permanent residents were admitted in the month of January, 2021. This reflects a 10% rise since January 2020, before Canada went into the COVID-19 specific lockdown. Also, this shows that Canada is on track to achieve its ambitious immigration goals for 2021.
With new admissions in February – which was also marked by the historic Express Entry draw specific to CEC; see our news article specific to this historic draw that happened recently – Mendicino claims that the government is nearly 40% ahead of plans to meet the government’s 2021 immigration target of 401,000 new permanent residents. The federal government invited 27,332 immigrants to apply for permanent residence via the renowned Express Entry system on February 13, nearly five times more than the previous record-breaking draw. Every applicant eligible for the Canadian Experience Class were invited by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in this specific draw. It is estimated that 90% of these candidates were already in Canada at the time of the draw.
Why Canada is inviting more immigrants now?
The number of new permanent residents arriving in dropped by about half after travel restrictions were enforced in March 2020. In comparison to 341,175 new permanent residents admitted in 2019, Canada only admitted 184,370 new permanent residents in 2020.
As a result of this, Canada’s population growth came to a halt in 2020 due to the lower number of new immigrants. Arriving new immigrants account for about 80% of the population growth in Canada on an annual basis.
Canada has now increased its immigration targets for the next three years to compensate on the low number of new immigrants- from 401,000 people this year, up to 421,000 in 2023.
The federal government has not specified when or how the travel restrictions will be lifted. For the time being, Canadian nationals, permanent residents (newly arriving permanent residents as well as existing PR card holders) and their relatives, international students and essential workers are excluded from travel restrictions.
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