- With the notable exception of Indigenous people, all Canadians are immigrants from somewhere else.
- The story of immigration fills so many chapters in Canada’s history, including the most recent.
As part of the 2021–2023 Immigration Groups Plan, the Government of Canada decor a target of welcoming 401,000 newly permanent residents in 2021 to help Canada recover from the pandemic and chart a more prosperous future.
The Right Honorable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, announced today that Canada had met its goal of welcoming over 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021. In addition, this year saw the most newcomers in Canadian history, breaking the previous record set in 1913.
This historic achievement is especially significant in light of the pandemic’s numerous challenges. COVID-19 has upended global migration, from closed borders to domestic lockdowns.
However, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) employees rose to the occasion, processing a record half-million applications in 2021. IRCC increased its resources, embraced new technology, and moved more processes online to accomplish this.
All of these changes are long-term improvements to Canada’s immigration system.
As we continue to battle the pandemic, we have made the most of the talent that already exists within our borders. The vast majority of these new permanent residents were already in the country on temporary visas.
We specifically launched new programs to engage essential workers, health care professionals, international graduates, and French-speaking newcomers. Another pillar of our system is family reunification, and we have reunited spouses and children while allowing more families to sponsor parents and grandparents.
Canada requires immigration to fuel its economy, enrich its society, and support its aging population. An immigrant owns one in every three Canadian businesses, and one in every four healthcare workers is a newcomer.
Immigration, according to business, labour market experts, and economists, creates jobs, stimulates innovation, and helps address labour shortages. Every day, new Canadians contribute to communities across our country, and we will continue to welcome more of them like we build the Canada of the future.
The yearly Immigration Levels Plan, which was tabled in Parliament on October 30, 2020, establishes the annual number of permanent residents that Canada accepts.
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