permanent residents in 2021

Canada reaches target of 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021

To compensate for the shortfall in admissions during 2020, Canada decided to welcome 401,000 new permanent residents  in 2021, as part of the 2021–2023 Immigration Levels Plan. The previous plan set targets of 351,000 in 2021. This time, the goal was higher than ever.

Fortunately, this week, the Government confirmed that Canada reached its target for new permanent residents in 2021. Also, this is the first time in its history that Canada has welcomed this many immigrants in a single year.

“Surpassing the previous record from 1913, this is the most newcomers in a year in Canadian history”, said IRCC in a news release.

It is important to mention the target goes up in 2022. The government hopes to welcome 411,000 new permanent residents by the end of next year. Although the objectives are high, it should be noted that a landing can occur in two different ways:

This year, IRCC focused on issuing PR to those within the country, since they are less likely to be impacted by COVID-related disruptions. For example, in December 2020, IRCC stopped FSWP invitations to pursue an aggressive strategy, according to a memo. The strategy was to invite CEC candidates and candidates under the TR to PR pathway.

In the news release, immigration minister Sean Fraser stated “Canada is built on immigration, and we will continue to safely welcome the immigrants that Canada needs to succeed. I can’t wait to see the incredible contributions that our 401,000 new neighbours make in communities across the country.”

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