Canada Opens Borders to Hundreds of Thousands of Skilled Immigrants

The Canadian government released on October 31 the new multi-year “Immigration Levels Plan” for 2019 to 2021, which envisages a steady increase in the numbers of individuals allowed into the country.

The new plan continues to grow the number of permanent residents Canada welcomes annually to 330,800 in 2019, 341,000 in 2020 and 350,000 — nearing one per cent of Canada’s population — in 2021.

In 2017, Canada welcomed 286,000 permanent residents, more than half under Economic Class programs, as well as 44,000 refugees.

Explaining the increase

Explaining the increase, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) Ahmed Hussen highlighted the importance of immigration to Canada’s economy.

“The new multi-year immigration levels plan supports Canadian employers and businesses by ensuring they have the skilled labour they need to spur innovation and help to keep our country at the forefront of the global economy,” he said.

“Building on the strong foundation set out last year and continuing to increase economic immigration will help Canada stay competitive and attract talent from around the world.”

According to Hussen the plan remains focused on attracting the best and brightest from around the world, with the majority of the increase in 2021 allotted to high-skilled economic immigration.

In its official announcement the Ministry of Immigration says that Canada has welcomed generations of immigrants who have brought their talents to, and are an integral part of, local communities across the country.

The announcement stated “Immigration is a central pillar of Canada’s future economic success. In addition to spurring economic growth, immigration helps address the challenges our country faces with an ageing population, and plays a crucial role in keeping our country at the forefront of the global economy.”