Canada aims to add 1.45m immigrants by 2025
CANADA: With nearly one million job vacancies across the country, Canada is turning more squarely towards foreigners to address its labour shortage and has set record-breaking immigration targets for the coming three years.
Canada’s immigration minister Sean Fraser announced the new policy on Tuesday. It aims to attract a total of 1.45 million immigrants between 2023 and 2025. The government is aiming to attract 465,000 permanent residents in 2023, 485,000 in 2024, and 500,000 in 2025, according to its Immigration Levels Plan.
The number of immigrants sought for 2025 represents a 23 per cent increase from Canada’s latest record of accepting 405,000 newcomers last year.
While travel restrictions during the pandemic temporarily slowed immigration, Canada continues to be the fastest growing country in the Group of Seven major industrialised nations, according to census data collected last spring.
New data published last week by the national census agency revealed that 23 per cent of Canada’s population are immigrants, the highest proportion since Confederation in 1867, when the first four provinces unified to form Canada.
Statistics Canada is projecting that in about two decades, immigrants could make up 29 per cent to 34 per cent of the population if present-day immigration patterns continue, and if Canada’s birthrate falls below what is necessary to maintain the current population.
Since the early 1990s, Canada has maintained high immigration, attracting an average of about 235,000 newcomers per year, according to 2016 census data.
– NEW YORK TIMES