Canada to Welcome Over 1.3 Million Immigrants in Next 3 Years

Canada will welcome over 1.3 million immigrant workers in the next three years, more precisely 431,645 in 2022, 447,055 in 2023, and 451,000 in 2024.

The move has been announced by Canada’s Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser, who unveiled the Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024. The latter outlines a responsible immigration pathway that will also help the Canadian economy recover, VisaGuide.World reports.

In a press release issued on February 14, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship of Canada revealed that last year, Canada welcomed more than 405,000 new permanent

Residents-  the highest number of immigrants admitted in a single year in the country’s history.

Through this plan, Canadian immigration authorities intend to help increase the attraction and retention of newcomers in regions with a lower population, which are facing workers’ shortages and thus economic difficulties.

The plan’s key points include the long-term focus of economic growth, with nearly 60 percent of economic admissions in economic class, assistance to vulnerable categories for getting residency in the country, and increasing the total admissions to 1.14 percent of the Canadian population by 2024.

Previously, on January 21 this year, the Government of Canada revealed a plan to modernize its immigration system to boost economic recovery and improve client experience. By implementing the plan, the authorities intend to help address the key challenges that immigrants wishing to move to Canada face, such as reducing inventories and creating predictable processing times that applicants for visas, residence, and work permits, expect.

According to the Department for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, thousands of positions across all sectors are still awaiting employment, although many jobs have been recovered that were lost during the pandemic. Immigration now accounts for 100 percent of the workforce increase, with five million Canadians expected to retire at the end of this decade, as a result of which employment ratio to retirees will drop to just 3:1.

The press release also highlights that, for the past two years, Canada would not have been able to overcome challenges in some critical industries and sectors of the economy without new migrant workers.

At the same time, Canada remains determined to repatriate 40,000 Afghan nationals over the next two years.

“To date, more than 7,550 Afghan refugees now call Canada home as a result of these efforts. By working with partners in the region, we are using all avenues available to secure safe passage for those in Afghanistan,” the statement of the government of Spain reads.

Nonetheless, the Immigration Levels Plan 2022–2024 will assist economic growth after the pandemic by reuniting family members with loved ones and fulfilling Canada’s humanitarian commitments.