Canada Remains on Track to Welcome 401,000 New Permanent Residents in 2021

Canada has welcomed over 184,000 new permanent residents this year.

Canada recorded yet another strongest month for new permanent resident (PR) arrivals by welcoming nearly 40,000 immigrants in July 2021.

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Marco Mendicino, the Immigration Minister of Canada made this announcement in a telephonic interview with Reuters.  the federal government revealed that Canada welcomed about 39,500 new immigrants in July, even more than the 35,700 admitted in June.

“We’re ahead of where we expected to be at this point in the year, and we are going to continue to accelerate the pace of landing new permanent residents,” Mendicino said. He further asserted, “We are going to deliver on that goal.”

Canada is pursuing its most ambitious immigration plan in Canadian history as it intends to welcome over 1.2 million new immigrants by the end of 2023. It seeks to welcome more newcomers to support Canada’s post-COVID economic recovery as well as support the ageing demography. 

So far, Canada has admitted some 184,000 newcomers this year. Regular conduct of nomination draws has helped significantly towards the cause. 

What does it mean for Canadian Immigration?

The levels welcomed in July and June are higher than usual. Reports claim it to be among the highest monthly totals in Canadian history. 

Experts now think that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will play catch-up to achieve its target of 401,000 new immigrants this year. The last time Canada achieved this feat was in 1913 when it admitted 401,000 new immigrants into the country. 

IRCC will need to land an additional 217,000 newcomers in the remaining five months of 2021, which is an average of 43,400 per month.

Ever since the imposition of public health restrictions last year, Canada has been favouring a domestic pool of temporary workers and international skilled graduates to nominate for permanent residency. 

The opening of Canadian borders to fully vaccinated tourists has raised hopes among the overseas immigration aspirants to be considered for PR nominations through the in-famous Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) & the Federal Skill Trades Program (FSTP). 

The minority government led by Trudeau is expected to seek a September 20 election – two years ahead of schedule yet is not expected to have any significant impact on immigration. Canada continues to welcome more international students to graduate and work in the country. With a Canadian work experience of at least one year, they are eligible to apply for Canada PR.

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