#Breaking: Canada raises immigration targets to record level, eyeing COVID-19 recovery.
Canada will welcome more than 1.2 million new immigrants over the next three years, with an annual intake that could reach 401,000 in 2021; 411,000 in…
Canada has launched its boldest immigration plan in modern history in the midst of a second wave of COVID-19, increasing the number of newcomers it will bring into this country at record levels in a bid to stimulate the post-pandemic economic recovery.
“We are at a unique juncture in Canadian history. We are facing the challenge of our generation, and we will meet our moment,” Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said Friday after he tabled the federal government’s 2021-23 immigration plan in Parliament.
According to the plan, Canada will welcome more than 1.2 million new immigrants over the next three years, with an annual intake that would reach 401,000 in 2021; 411,000 in 2022; and 421,000 in 2023 — equivalent to one per cent of the population.
The previous multi-year plan, unveiled right before the onset of the pandemic lockdown in March, set targets of 351,000 in 2021 and 361,000 in 2022.