Canada just announced its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan on October 30, and it is evidently not scaling down. The country aims to break the record by attaining the most massive immigration level in history. Canada welcomed over 401000 immigrants in 1913 and has never come close to this number to date.

Canada is focused on welcoming the following levels of new permanent residents through the next three years.

  • In 2021, Canada targets 401,000 immigrants
  • In 202, Canada targets 411,000 immigrants
  • In 2023, Canada targets 421,000 immigrants

For the coming three years, the immigration plans aim to welcome approximately 60 percent of the newcomers under economic class programs. The majority of immigrants enter Canada through the Express Entry and the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Every year, the Canadian governments announce the immigration level plans, including the anticipated number of new permanent residents over the following years. It also outlines the specific categories Canada aims to admit under including family, refugee, humanitarian, and compassionate grounds.

On March 12, the federal government, through the minister for immigration Marco Mendicino announced Canada’s intention of welcoming over one million residents between 2020 2022. However, this plan was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, culminating in the closure of major Canadian borders. As a result, there was a dramatic surge in the number of new permanent residents, which projects a fall in the 341,000-immigration target for 2020.


Nevertheless, Express Entry draws have been ongoing amid the pandemic, and thus, Canada is likely to break its Express Entry 2020 record. Provincial Nominee Program has also been continuing. Canada is going over and beyond to attain the highest immigration levels in history to counteract the dramatic reduction in the number of new permanent residents.

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