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Canada landed almost 38,000 new immigrants in August 2021

October 9, 2021

Canada’s new immigrant landings remain high.

CIC News has obtained new data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada that shows Canada landed some 37,780 new permanent residents in August. This marks the third month in a row that Canada’s immigration levels were higher than usual.

Canada landed nearly 40,000 new permanent residents in July, and nearly 36,000 in June. Prior to the pandemic, Canada welcomed between 25,000 and 35,000 new immigrants in a given month. Immigration levels fell significantly beginning in April 2020 following the implementation of COVID-19 public health measures in Canada.

Up until June of this year, Canada’s new permanent resident landings were short of the pace needed to achieve the country’s immigration target for 2021. Under the Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023, Canada aims to welcome at least 401,000 new immigrants annually beginning this year.

Between January and August, Canada has landed about 222,000 immigrants. This means it will need to welcome some 179,000 new immigrants, or an average of 45,000 per month for the rest of 2021 to achieve its levels goal for this year. The goal remains lofty, but it is achievable for the following reasons.

In the first half of the year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) took significant steps to support Canada’s ability to achieve the goal. This included holding by far the largest Express Entry draw in history on February 13, 2021 when it invited 27,332 candidates to apply for permanent residence. IRCC estimates some 90 per cent of these candidates are living in Canada amid the pandemic. Express Entry is the main way Canada welcomes skilled worker immigrants. This draw was nearly six times larger than the previous Express Entry invitation record.

Express Entry draws remained large throughout the first half of the year, with IRCC focusing on Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program candidates, given they are mostly in Canada right now and hence, are less likely to see their immigration process interrupted due to the pandemic.

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