Canada to welcome 390000 new immigrants in 2022

Bumper intake of over 1 million immigrants to Canada

Canada has revealed the much-awaited Immigration Levels Plan for 2020-2022 according to which, the country will be welcoming around one million permanent residents during the Plan period. Canada is continuing its approach of gradually increasing the immigration levels and in 2022, Canada may admit up to 390000 new immigrants.

In 2018, the number of newcomers admitted to Canada was 320,000. In 2019, it increased to 341000 and in 2020, Canada targets to welcome another 341000 new immigrants. The target for 2021 is 351,000 new immigrants and for 2022, the target is 361,000. As per the plan, the total number of newcomers to be admitted by Canada in 2022 may go up to 390000.

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During the plan period, 58 percent of the newcomers will be admitted through economic class immigration programs that include Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Programs, Quebec’s programs and other federal programs such as the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP). PNP admission target has been increased by 20 percent for 2022 compared to 2019. Canada will admit yet another 5200 new immigrants through pilot programs such as Agri-Food Immigration Pilot and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. The intake through these pilots is also likely to be doubled by 2022.

Though the AIP program will be made permanent, the target will remain the same at 5000. As the immigration sector of Quebec is undergoing major reforms, the Quebec immigration levels for 2020-2022 will be determined only after consulting with the provincial government.

Twenty-six percent of the total newcomers to be admitted during the Plan period will enter Canada through family class immigration programs while the remaining 16 percent will be admitted on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Canada’s family class immigration target will remain stable at 91000 during the Plan period. The increase in the number of immigrants admitted on humanitarian and compassionate grounds will also be minimal.

Canada is increasing the immigration levels to maintain a steady supply of people, who can sustain the growth of the country’s economy as workers, consumers, and taxpayers.  Canada’s population is aging fast and the birth rate is low. In this situation, Canada cannot maintain a healthy population growth without immigration.

Immigration experts predict that Canada will continue to increase immigration levels gradually and eventually will admit 400,000 a year. In the current decade, around 3.5 million people are expected to settle in Canada. Canada’s next Immigration Levels Plan will be tabled in November 2020, which will contain immigration targets for 2023.

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