Immigration Rate in 2020
Canada welcomed 184,370 new permanent residents in 2020. Newcomer flows fell due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it has yet to recover pre-pandemic levels. Since 1998, this is the lowest rate of immigration to Canada. In fact, in 1998, 174,000 immigrants arrived in Canada.
Leading up to 2020, Canada had been welcoming over 300,000 new immigrants per year. It was about 0.9 percent, three times as many new immigrants per capita as the United States. Canada’s immigration rate fell to 0.5 percent in 2020 as the country welcomed under 200,000 immigrants. The immigration rate fell significantly.
Canada’s Immigration Minister Marco Medicino announced in March 2020 that the country would welcome 341,000 new immigrants, just like in 2019. However, new travel restrictions soon followed to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data shows that the immigration rate fell about the same time the travel restrictions went into effect.
To support the country’s economic recovery, Canada will continue to welcome high levels of immigrants. IRCC and provinces and territories across the country have continued to process applications. They intended to process as many applications as possible so that ones eligible to obtain permanent or temporary status can now proceed with it while travel restrictions persist. Canada’s government is fully determined to enable the country’s immigration system to recover as soon as possible after the global pandemic.
Canada Will Continue to Welcome New Immigrants
According to the ambitious 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada aims to welcome at least 401,000 immigrants each year. Mendicino explained he was confident that the targets were realistic despite the pandemic. IRCC is inviting more immigration candidates living in Canada at the moment to apply for permanent residence through the Express Entry System. Through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), provinces and territories are following a similar suit.
Officials expect Canada’s immigration rate to increase and exceed 200,000 newcomers in 2021.