The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) tabled the 2021‒2023 Immigration Levels Plan on October 30.
The pandemic has highlighted the contribution of immigrants to the well-being of our communities and across all sectors of the economy.
During the COVID-19 pandemic this 2020, IRCC has continued to accept and process immigration applications, there’s still a shortfall in admissions over the last several months.
To make up for the shortfall, the 2021 to 2023 levels plan aims to continue welcoming immigrants at a rate of about 1% of the population of Canada:
- 401,000 permanent residents in 2021
- 411,000 permanent residents in 2022
- 421,000 permanent residents in 2023
Highlights of the plan include
- about 60% of admissions to come from the Economic Class
- additional points for French-speaking candidates under Express Entry
- a commitment to admit up to 500 refugees over the next 2 years through the Economic Mobility Pathways Project
- 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
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