Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, has revealed plans to bring in over 1.2 million new immigrants over the next three years.
Marco Mendicino, the Immigration Minister, disclosed this while unveiling what he termed an “ambitious” three-year immigration plan that set targets for bringing skilled workers, family members and refugees into Canada.
While speaking to reporters in Ottawa on Friday, October 30, Mendicino said the Canadian government aims to accept 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021, another 411,000 in 2022 and then 421,000 in 2023.
According to him, Canada needs more workers and;
Immigration is the way to get there. Before the pandemic, our government’s goal to drive the economy forward through immigration was ambitious. Now it’s simply vital.
Mendicino, while noting that immigrants drive the population and economic growth that pays for vital programs such as health care.
Canada, one of the top destinations of Nigerians, had expected to bring in 341,000 skilled workers, family members of Canadians and refugees this year.
However, because of the COVID-19 crisis including closed borders and visa offices, quarantines and few available international flights, only a fraction came.
To help make up the shortfall, Mendicino said the government would offer permanent resident status to temporary foreign workers, international students, and asylum claimants already in Canada.
According to Mendicino, the numbers also aim to compensate for the shortfall this year due to the pandemic and represent about one percent of Canada‘s population.
He also stated that immigrants drive the population and economic growth that pays for vital programs such as health care.
Put simply, we need more workers, and immigration is the way to get there. Before the pandemic, our government’s goal to drive the economy forward through immigration was ambitious. Now it’s simply vital.
The minister said he’s confident the government can meet the targets despite the COVID-19 pandemic, by working around travel restrictions while adhering to safety measures such as mandatory quarantines for immigrants coming in.
With nearly 60 percent of all new admissions in the economic class, our plan will continue to focus on Canada’s economic growth.
The breakdown of next year’s plan includes:
232,000 immigrants in the economic class, 103,500 in the family class, 59,500 refugees and protected persons and 5,500 on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
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