Canada accepts 401,000 new immigrants in 2021

IRCC announced its immigration targets for 2021 and the two following years. Consequently, they are going to accept 401,000 new immigrants in 2021.

Why accepting new immigrants in 2021

According to the government of Canada, immigrants play an integral role in economic growth. Of course, they also contribute to the cultural mosaic of Canada. While opposition to immigration exists, the majority of Canadians support immigration. Consequently, it is no wonder Canada would like to accept even more new immigrants in 2021.

What about the economic downturn in 2020

There is no doubt the spread of COVID-19 had an immense adverse effect on the Canadian economy. However, it is fair to say; immigrants had nothing to do with the downturn. On the contrary, many new immigrants assisted healthcare workers in fighting the disease. Consequently, we could hope they will contribute even more to the healthcare system and our economy in 2021.

What will be the composition of new immigrants in 2021?

According to IRCC, about 60% of new immigrants will fall under economic programs. Therefore, the majority of new immigrants will be entrepreneurs or skilled workers. As a result, we could expect a drop in the CRS points and more Express Entry applicants’ opportunities. Of course, we could potentially see more successful PNP applications. Similarly, we could also see more provincial business immigrations under programs such as OINP-ES.

What about 2022 and 2023

The government will accept 401,000 new immigrants in 2021. However, they intend to accept even more immigrants in the following years. In fact, they will accept 411,000 applicants in 2022 and 421,000 in 2023. Of course, I personally doubt if they actually manage to pull these numbers off. However, the world of immigration is full of surprises. I keep my fingers crossed; they keep their promise.

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