The Government of Canada has released details on its immigration levels plan for 2019-2021 period, which replaces the three-year plan introduced in fall 2017. Through the new immigration plan, the government intends to take in 40k more immigrants in Canada in 2020, compared to this year.
According to a notice issued by the Government of Canada, the new immigration levels plan is designed to contribute to an immigration system that strengthens the Canadian middle class through economic growth. The notice also points out that the 2019-2021 plan supports diversity and helps build vibrant, dynamic and inclusive communities, while maintaining border integrity to preserve the safety and security of Canadian citizens.
“The 2019-2021 plan includes a small number of adjustments to previously-announced targets in 2019 and 2020. The new plan also commits to increasing admissions to 350,000 in 2021, which will be equal to nearly 1% of Canada’s population,” the notice further explains.
According to data presented by the Canadian government, it plans to admit 330,800 foreign nationals to live in Canada in 2019, 341,000 in 2020 and finally 350,000 in 2021.
The target in the Protected Persons and Dependents Abroad category for the year 2019 is increased by 1,000 admissions to help address growing demand. Thus the overall target is increased by the same amount, from 340,000 to 341,000. In 2021 the plan increases by an additional 9,000 admissions, with 6,500 persons set to be admitted to the Economic Class and 2,500 others under humanitarian streams.
And while 191,600 are set to be admitted in Canada under work purposes, the number will increase to 202,300 in 2021. At the same time, only 1,500 more will be admitted in 2021 compared to 2019 under to family reunion purposes.
Canada could admit 450k immigrants by 2025
According to the Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, in certain regions in Canada there is a huge need for workers.
“This plan is making us very competitive in the global market. It enables us to continue to be competitive, it enables us to continue to present Canada as a welcoming country and to position us to continue to be (a leader) in skills attraction,” he asserts, adding that the government part of which he is, is taking a measured approach, keeping in mind the need to ensure newcomers have access to suitable settlement services.
The federal government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth, has advised Canadian government to raise the number of immigrants to 450,000 by 2025, indicating that in fact Canada could admit such a huge number of immigrants even by 2021.