According to Canada’s immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, the country is on track to achieve the set target of welcome 401,000 permanent residents in 2021. The country hopes to continue achieving this population in consecutive years. In a recent interview with Reuters, the federal government revealed that out of the permanent residents Canada welcomed in 2021, the country registered 39,500 new immigrants in July, a population more significant than June’s admission of 35,700.

Canada is planning to welcome 401,000 new immigrants every year, starting with 2021 under the Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023 to tie the record set by the federal government in 2013. Before the coronavirus pandemic, Canada had set an annual target of welcoming 341,000 newcomers. To help the government achieve the target, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has enrolled the largest ever immigration plan in the country’s history as it seeks to welcome more newcomers to support its post-COVID economic recovery. So far, the federal government has admitted 184,000 newcomers in 2021 in hopes of achieving the target mark of 401,000 before the end of this year.

June and July’s significant admission of 35,700 and 39,500 respectively are among Canada’s highest monthly totals in the country’s history, reflecting what Canada needs to do if it still wants to achieve the set immigrant admission target this year. To hit the target, IRCC must register around 217,000 or more newcomers in the next five months, an approximate average of 43,000 immigrants monthly.

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