The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced that they made a record-setting 45,000 new immigrants in September. News broke out from CIC news house that the latest numbers have hit an all-time high in recent months. The data may regrettably go to waste as all this is a rough estimate. Lack of consistent data collection practices in the past means there is no data to compare against the new numbers.

Experts on the matter argue that the new numbers are not high at all. One such man is Robert Vineberg, an independent historian. He argues that 45,000 new immigrants achieved in September are unlikely to be a record-setter. Robert subsequently sites data dating back to the first century of Canada’s existence. He argues that the majority of immigrants arrive in the country during warmer months in summer and spring. His research suggests that 80 percent of over 400,000 immigrants gained entry into Canada in 1913 between May and September. The average for the five months is 64,000 per month.

Despite the harsh critiques, the new numbers are a marked improvement in numbers for a government struggling to get back on the horse after the Covid 19 pandemic. During the Covid-19 pandemic, virtually all operations were halted, leading to a backlog that the IRCC can only reduce with time and effort. The Canadian government is making efforts to increase these numbers by relaxing some immigration measures. Before Corona hit Canada, the country was receiving an average of 30,000 immigrants each month. These numbers quickly dropped to barely 4,000 in April 2020. These numbers steadily improved, but the initial goal of reaching 341,000 new immigrants became unattainable. The final numbers were 184,000 immigrants in 2020.

The Canadian government set a daring target for 2021; 401,000. The IRCC achieved these numbers in 1913. The first few months went swell until things slowed down in the second quarter. Fortunately, things began to look up in June as the government recorded 35,000 new immigrants.

A new immigrant has to have their legal status in Canada converted to permanent residence. You can acquire permanent residence in Canada while living and working in the country or your country of origin. Canada is majorly focused on converting the citizenship of the current population. People who are already living in Canada are already used to the culture and environment, making them a better option for permanent residency than immigrants landing from overseas. In addition, the people already living in Canada are less likely to be affected by new strains of Covid-19 that immigrants from overseas may introduce.

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