Canadian Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino unveiled plans That the Liberal government want to bring in more than 1.2 million immigrants over the next three years in an effort to use immigration to boost the country’s economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.
The Minister disclosed what he called an “ambitious” three-year immigration plan today that set targets for bringing skilled workers, family members and refugees into Canada.
Canada aims to bring 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021, 411,000 in 2022 and 421,000 in 2023.
The minister said he’s confident the government can meet the targets despite the COVID-19 pandemic, by working around travel restrictions while adhering to safety measures such as mandatory quarantines for immigrants coming in.
“With nearly 60 percent of all new admissions in the economic class, our plan will continue to focus on Canada’s economic growth,”
Mendicino said the government would offer permanent resident status to temporary foreign workers, international students, and asylum claimants already in Canada.
At a news conference in Ottawa, Mendicino said immigrants drive the population and economic growth that pays for vital programs such as health care.
“Put simply, we need more workers, and immigration is the way to get there,” he said.
According to Mendicino, the numbers also aim to compensate for the shortfall this year due to the pandemic and represent about one percent of Canada’s population.
With nearly 60 per cent of all new admissions in the economic class, our plan will continue to focus on Canada’s economic growth,” he said.
The breakdown of next year’s plan includes:
232,000 immigrants in the economic class.
103,500 in the family class.
59,500 refugees and protected persons.
5,500 on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.