Government of Canada Plans to Support Economic Recovery Through Immigration
The recently adjusted 2021‒2023 Immigration Levels Plan highlights responsible increases to immigration targets, to help the Canadian economy recover from COVID-19, drive future growth and create jobs for middle class Canadians.
The pandemic has highlighted the contribution of immigrants to the well-being of our communities and across all sectors of the economy. And the Immigration Levels Plan has increased the target levels of immigrants invited to move here from...351,000 permanent residents in 2021 and 361,000 in 2022, to...401,000 permanent residents in 2021, 411,000 in 2022 and 421,000 in 2023.
Highlights of the plan include:
- An increase in admissions over the 3 years of the plan to make up the shortfall in 2020.
- A focus on economic growth, with about 60% of admissions to come from the Economic Class.
- A continued focus on innovative and community-driven approaches to address diverse labour and demographic needs across the country.
- A renewed commitment to capacity-building and digital transformation in Canada’s immigration system, to support operations and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on the processing of applications.
- Additional points for French-speaking candidates under Express Entry, to promote the growth of Francophone communities outside of Quebec.
- A commitment to admit up to 500 refugees over the next 2 years through the Economic Mobility Pathways Project, an innovative approach that helps qualified refugees apply for permanent residence through existing economic immigration pathways.
- A pathway to permanent residency for eligible asylum claimants who were working on the front lines of the pandemic between March 13 and August 14, 2020, providing direct care to patients in health-care institutions.
“Immigration is essential to getting us through the pandemic, but also to our short-term economic recovery and our long-term economic growth". - The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Further quotes and information can be read in the entire article, found here https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2020/10/government-of-canada-announces-plan-to-support-economic-recovery-through-immigration.html