October 30, 2020—Ottawa—Canada Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, tabled the 2021‒2023 Immigration Levels Plan today.
To ensure Canada has the workers it needs to fill its labour market gaps and remain competitive on the world stage, plan aims to welcome 4,10,000 permanent residents in 2021.
The health, safety and security of Canadians remain our top priorities. Canada has strengthened health screening at the border. It will continue to closely follow the advice of public health officials as we welcome newcomers.
This plan also recognizes the importance of family reunification and Canada’s global commitment to protecting those most at risk through refugee resettlement.
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Highlights of the plan include:
- an increase in admissions over the 3 years of the plan to make up the shortfall in 2020
- a focus on economic growth, with about 60% of admissions to come from the Economic Class
- a continued focus on innovative and community-driven approaches to address diverse labour and demographic needs across the country
- a renewed commitment to capacity-building and digital transformation in Canada’s immigration system, to support operations and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on the processing of applications
- additional points for French-speaking candidates under Express Entry, to promote the growth of Francophone communities outside of Quebec
- 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, providing direct care to patients in health-care institutions
The 2021–2023 Immigration Levels Plan will help cement Canada’s place among the world’s top destinations for talent, creating a strong foundation for economic growth while reuniting family members with their loved ones and fulfilling Canada’s humanitarian commitments.