How Canada has managed 405,000 new immigrants in 2021?

Canada is a prospering country. Canada is a progressive country that looks after their populations. It maintains high standards in the health care system and education sector. It provides high standards of living for its citizens and believes in making Canada a better place to live in. 

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Most of the increase in population is due to higher immigration rates. As per the data revealed by IRCC, even during the pandemic Canada has been able to exceed its target by landing 405,303 new permanent residents last year in 2021. This is the second time in the history of Canada, it  has crossed the 400,000 mark earlier than it was in the year 1913. 

According to the Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023 aimed to welcome 401,000 immigrants in 2021 to support Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery.

In 2020, Canada only welcomed 184,000 new immigrants, due to which the country’s population growth fell to the lowest level since the First World War. 

Before the pandemic, Canada was targeting the arrival of 341,000 new immigrants per year but it could not go as planned due to international travel restrictions. In 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) focused on completing as many temporary residents who were already in Canada to permanent residents in order to meet its target. 

IRCC believed that this was the most effective way to achieve its target amid COVID-19 travel restrictions and other pandemic related challenges. To complete the process IRCC held Express Entry draws that invited high totals of Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates from January until September.

In May, IRCC launched six immigration streams (“TR to PR”) in an effort to land some additional 90,000 international students and temporary foreign workers living in Canada. 

In view of a general observation it has been observed that Canada’s immigrants arrive under economic class programs. In the year 2021, a total of 70 percent landed from within Canada and 30 per cent coming from abroad. For more details you can check CWC website. 

To speed up the process and also road to recovery IRCC welcomed a large number of new in-Canada applications in the first half of last year and then warmed up the processing by June and concluded the year landing upwards of 40,000 permanent residents per month Canada’s new permanent resident landings by month in 2021

Distribution of new immigrants land in 2021-

All in all a total of 252,975 permanent residents landed under the economic class. This turns out to be 62 per cent of all immigrants landed in 2021, which is higher than the 58 per cent figure that was targeted under the 2021 levels plan. This shows that Canada welcomed over 20,000 more economic class immigrants in 2021 than it had targeted. Then a total of 80,990 under family class landed in 2021, which was well short of the 103,500 family class immigrants Canada targeted under the 2021 levels plan. The family class accounted for 20 per cent of new landings last year, which was below the levels plan target of 26 per cent.

As per the records, the CEC is the leading pathway for new permanent residents with 130,555 people landing under the program, or 32 per cent of all immigrants landed in 2021. In 2019, the CEC accounted for roughly 30,000 people or about 9 percent of all new landings.

Where did Canada’s new immigrants land?

Now the interesting question is where the new immigrants land? Ontario alone hosted about 49 percent of all new immigrants last year, a higher share than the some 45 per cent it landed prior to the pandemic, in 2019. Hence, most of the CEC members are residing in Ontario.

BC was another major beneficiary of IRCC’s dependence on the CEC. It landed 17 percent of all new immigrants, compared with 15 per cent in 2019. Quebec is in third, at over 12 percent of 2021 landings, followed by Alberta at almost 10 per cent.

Quebec’s share remained the same compared to 2019, whereas Alberta’s share fell from the 13 per cent it landed in 2019. Alberta’s lower share can be explained in large part to it not landing as many immigrants under the CEC as Ontario and BC. Manitoba and Saskatchewan saw their national shares also fall for the same reason.

The Atlantic region also saw their national share decline, since they are dependent on the PNP and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot for their arrivals. On the other hand, Nova Scotia set a provincial record by landing over 9,000 immigrants last year.

Well, the above shows the preferred areas by immigrants and the places where growth is visible. So, now those who want to apply can have a better idea at CWC website. 

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