Canada set to welcome 1.2 million immigrants from 2021 to 2023 to make up for a shortfall this year blamed on the pandemic, the immigration minister announced Friday.
The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, tabled the 2021‒2023 Immigration plan calls for accepting 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021, 411,000 in 2022 and 421,000 in 2023.
The aim to increases immigration targets to help the country’s economy recover from COVID-19, drive future growth and create jobs for middle-class Canadians.
He said the government would offer permanent resident status to temporary foreign workers, international students and asylum claimants already in Canada.
In a statement sighted by MandyNews.com the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship said;
“Immigration is essential to getting us through the pandemic, but also to our short-term economic recovery and our long-term economic growth.
Canadians have seen how newcomers are playing an outsized role in our hospitals and care homes and helping us to keep food on the table. As we look to recovery, newcomers create jobs not just by giving our businesses the skills they need to thrive, but also by starting businesses themselves.
Our plan will help to address some of our most acute labour shortages and to grow our population to keep Canada competitive on the world stage
As with every other aspect of our lives, the pandemic has affected migration to Canada,” he said.