Canada Immigration Levels 2022 Set to Increase

24.11.2021

Canada Immigration Levels 2022

Sean Fraser is well aware that he has a lot of work ahead of him.

Fraser discussed the prospects and difficulties of his new post with Shelly Hagan of Bloomberg and Nicholas Keung of the Toronto Star in his first big interviews as Canada’s immigration minister.

The minister said that Canada’s immigration quotas would be increased if required to alleviate labor shortages. Due to the pandemic, Canada is presently suffering substantial employment shortages due to fewer immigrants migrating from other countries. The government is now pursuing its most ambitious Immigration Levels Plan in history, intending to welcome 401,000 immigrants in 2021, 411,000 more in 2022, and 421,000 more in 2023.

If companies and communities require additional employees from companies and communities, Fraser said he is “very much open to” even greater levels. The Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024 is expected to be released no later than February 10, 2022.

 

 

Total of 46000 immigrants landed in Canada

The minister also said that Canada is on pace to meet its goal of 401,000 Canada Immigration Levels this year.

According to statistics acquired by Bloomberg from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), 46,315 new permanent residents arrived in October, up from 45,000 in September. During the contemporary period, these numbers are Canadian monthly records (monthly immigration landing data is only readily available dating back to 1980).

A landing occurs when a temporary resident of Canada or a visitor from another country gets their immigration status changed to a permanent resident of Canada. The great majority of persons who arrived in Canada during the epidemic were already temporary residents. This explains why Canada’s population and labour force growth has slowed. In reality, according to Statistics Canada, Canada’s population rose by just 0.5 per cent last year, the worst growth rate since World War I. Under normal conditions, the majority of new permanent residents arrive in Canada from another country.

Between January and October 2021, Canada received 313,838 immigrants. However, to meet its newcomer target for 2021, it needs to net around 87,000 additional immigrants (an average of 43,500 per month) in the last two months of this year.

Challenges and advantages of new immigration system

In an interview with the Toronto Star, Fraser discussed current problems, admitting, “There is no lack of hurdles ahead of me.”

“I don’t want to signal to you today that all of these difficulties will be addressed in a short amount of time,” Fraser said, referring to Canada’s 1.8 million immigration applications backlog. They weren’t formed in a day, and they won’t be amended in a day, either. I’d want to speed up some of the work that will help remove some of these backlogs. It will make the procedure easier for families who are attempting to start a new life, reconnect with family members, or find work to contribute to our economy.”

He said that citizenship applications are being computerized, and IRCC is looking at other problems that are holding down the immigration system. He said, for example, that denying temporary access to family members who are awaiting the processing of a sponsorship application makes no sense.

The minister also said that since taking office in October, most of his emphasis has been on resettling Afghan refugees. The federal government has agreed to relocate 40,000 Afghans, but just 3,500 have been relocated so far. “Canadians have every reason to be upset about what’s going on in Afghanistan,” Fraser added. However, the reality on the ground right now is that we don’t have access as we had in Syria, and I believe that’s the calculation that many Canadians are attempting to make.”

Nonetheless, Fraser sees a huge chance to help change the immigration system ahead of him.

 

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