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Nearly 40,000 immigrants welcomed by Canada in July 2021

August 22, 2021

Canada remains on track to welcome 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021, according to Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino.

In a new interview with Reuters, the federal government revealed that Canada welcomed about 39,500 new immigrants in July, even more than the 35,700 admitted in June.

Under the Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023, Canada is aiming to welcome 401,000 new immigrants each year beginning in 2021. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic this annual target was set at 341,000 newcomers.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is pursuing the most ambitious immigration plan in Canadian history as it seeks to welcome more newcomers to support Canada’s post-COVID economic recovery. All told, Canada has admitted some 184,000 newcomers so far this year.

The levels welcomed in July and June are higher than usual and are among the highest monthly totals in Canadian history. They are a reflection of Canada needing to play catch-up if it wants to achieve its target this year.

To achieve the target, IRCC will need to land an additional 217,000 newcomers in the remaining five months of 2021, which is an average of 43,400 per month.

Admitting this figure on a monthly basis to close 2021 will be difficult, but there is a chance it can be done. Before the pandemic, Canada welcomed an average of 25,000 to 35,000 new immigrants each month.

IRCC has several things going for it that makes it possible to achieve its levels goal or come close to it by the end of the year.

First, there are some 23,000 additional Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) holders that can now move to Canada following the easing of travel restrictions on June 21st.

Moreover, anyone else newly approved for permanent residence can now move to Canada.

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