New immigration to Canada falls again in May 2021
July 16, 2021
Canada welcomed 17,100 new permanent residents in May 2021.
New Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data released this morning shows that Canada’s new immigrant landings slowed for a fourth straight month following a strong start to the year.
After welcoming 24,680 new immigrants in January, Canada welcomed 23,395 in February, 22,425 in March, and 21,155 in April. All told, Canada has welcomed just over 108,000 immigrants through the first five months of 2021. This is short of the pace it needs to achieve the targets outlined in its Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023.
Canada is looking to welcome 401,000 new immigrants annually beginning this year. This is the most ambitious immigration target in Canada history as the country looks to harness newcomer arrivals to support its post-pandemic economic recovery.
Canada targeted the arrival of 341,000 new immigrants in 2020 but fell way short, only welcoming 184,000 newcomers as a result of the travel restrictions and other coronavirus-related disruptions that began in March 2020.