Canada is hoping to welcome 1.2 million immigrants over the next three years in an effort to increase its immigration targets following the massive blow that the economy had suffered amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2021‒2023 Immigration Levels Plan was announced today detailing how many people they’re hoping to make permanent residents each year: 401,000 in 2021, 411,000 in 2022, and 421,000 in 2023.
“Immigration is essential to getting us through the pandemic, but also to our short-term economic recovery and our long-term economic growth,” said Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino. “Canadians have seen how newcomers are playing an outsized role in our hospitals and care homes, and helping us to keep food on the table.”
“As we look to recovery, newcomers create jobs not just by giving our businesses the skills they need to thrive, but also by starting businesses themselves. Our plan will help to address some of our most acute labour shortages and to grow our population to keep Canada competitive on the world stage,” he added.
As they push these efforts, the Ministry promised to be stricter with its health screenings at the Canadian border as well as monitoring and enforcement.
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