The Canadian federal government expects to welcome roughly 432,000 immigrants this year as part of a three-year strategy to fill major labour-market gaps and assist the country's post-pandemic economic recovery.
According to the yearly immigration levels plan, which was introduced in Parliament on Monday, Canada plans to accept 431,645 permanent residents in 2022, followed by 447,000 in 2023 and 451,000 in 2024. The vast majority of permanent residence places – 56% – will be reserved for immigrants coming to Canada to fill employment openings this year.
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser told The Globe and Mail that the COVID-19 outbreak has underlined how important immigrants are to Canada's prosperity, since newcomers occupy numerous front-line roles.
According to Ottawa, immigration accounts for 100% of labour-force growth, and with 5 million Canadians projected to retire by the end of this decade, the worker-to-retiree ratio will fall, illustrating the need for more immigration.
According to Goldy Hyder, president and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, the number of job openings in the nation is reaching an all-time high, and immigration will be a crucial driver of the recovery. He applauded the government's immigration objectives on Monday, but he said that the strategy must be backed up with expanded processing capacity and newcomer assistance.
According to Mr. Fraser, the government recently employed 500 extra processing personnel and put aside $85 million in new money to eliminate application backlogs.
Since the Liberals came to office in 2015, overall immigration has increased significantly. Numbers continued to rise until 2020, when, due to the obstacles created by the pandemic, Canada only welcomed 184,500 newcomers. Restricted foreign visa offices, closed borders, quarantine restrictions, and difficulties scheduling flights all had a significant impact on the immigration system.
In 2021, Canada received 405,000 new permanent residents, exceeding the all-time record of 400,000 established in 1913. The bulk of the entrants were already in Canada on temporary visas, including skilled trades, health care, and technology employees, as well as international students.
With Canada officially stating a desire to attract more international talent, 2022 is the perfect time to begin your immigration procedure in order to climb the ladder to Canadian permanent residency.