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  • Canada Immigration Sets New Annual Record With More Than 437,000 New Permanent Residents

    That’s 5,475 more new permanent residents, or almost 1.3 per cent more, than Ottawa’s Immigration Levels Plan which had set 431,645 newcomers as the target.

    The record-setting level of immigration to Canada in 2022 was also 31,080 new permanent residents higher, or 7.7 per cent more, than the previous record, set in 2021, when 406,040 newcomers made Canada their home.

    But it’s not the country’s economic powerhouses of Ontario and British Columbia which drove the surge in immigration last year. Those two provinces saw declines in the number of new permanent residents per year.

    Immigration to British Columbia fell by 11.9 per cent last year to 61,215 new permanent residents and Ontario saw a similar drop of 7.3 per cent and welcomed a relatively more modest 184,725 compared to the 199,295 in 2021.

    The big winners in terms of attracting more immigrants last year were the Prairie and Atlantic Canadian provinces.

    Manitoba welcomed 30.6 per cent more newcomers last year than in 2021 and Alberta saw a similar increase of 25.5 per cent in the number of its new permanent residents last year compared to 2021.

    Saskatchewan showed the greatest percentage growth in number of new permanent residents, almost doubling the number of newcomers it received last year to hit 21,635 from 10,950 a year earlier.

    Atlantic Canada also saw a similar surge in immigration in 2022. On the Rock, as Newfoundland and Labrador is affectionately dubbed, immigration jumped by 69.8 per cent to hit 3,490 new permanent residents in 2022.

    Immigration to Prince Edward Island nudged up by only 1.9 per cent last year but Nova Scotia saw a boom of 38.2 per cent in its level of immigration and the number of new permanent residents arriving annually to New Brunswick almost doubled, rising by 92.2 per cent, to hit 10,205 last year compared to 5,310 in 2021.

    Canadian Immigration Targets Are In Line With Century Initiative’s Recommendations

    In late November last year, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser unveiled the country’s latest Immigration Levels Plan which aims to welcome 465,000 new permanent residents this year, 485,000 in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025.

    Those are even more ambitious immigration targets than those recommended a few years ago by the Century Initiative, a non-profit organization which wants the country to more than double its population to 100 million by the year 2100.

    The current population of Canada is estimated to be a shade over 38.6 million. The Century Initiative touts population growth as vital for the country’s economic growth and prosperity.

    “Growing our population to 100 million by 2100 would reduce the burden on government revenues to fund healthcare, old age security, and other services. It would also mean more skilled workers, innovation, and dynamism in the Canadian economy,” notes the organization on its website.

    Highly-skilled immigrants seen as vital to resolving Canadian labour shortages

    “Any solution to our suffering workforce numbers and aging demographics will need a large influx of highly-educated professionals, skilled trades-people, general labourers, and those with entrepreneurial experience and spirit,” notes the Century Initiative report.

    “We need younger immigrants, to bolster the foundations of an aging workforce pyramid and encourage international students who come to Canada to contribute to the dynamism of our educational institutions to stay and apply their skills and talents to Canada’s future.”

    Canada is also working on creating a new pathway for permanent residence to many who are in the country on temporary visas, building on the lessons it has learnt through its launches of innovative programs which have successfully done this in other situations.

    Source: IRCC

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