Canada Plans to Welcome 1.2 Million Immigrants From 2021 to 2023

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino has announced plans to welcome about 1.2 million immigrants for the next 3 years from 2021 to 2023.

Though applications were accepted during the COVID-19 pandemic by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the global travel restrictions and capacity constraints led to a shortfall in admissions over the last several months. The new plan has increased the previously set targets of 351,000 in 2021 and 361,000 in 2022.


Immigration to Canada in 2019/Credit: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada/

The 2021 to 2023 levels plan aims to continue welcoming immigrants at a rate of about 1% of the population of Canada with 401,000 permanent residents in 2021, 411,000 in 2022 and 421,000 in 2023.

As per the news release, immigrants account for 33% of all business owners with paid staff, and 25% of workers in Canada’s health sector are immigrants.

2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan

Immigrant Category202120222023
TargetLow RangeHigh RangeTargetLow RangeHigh RangeTargetLow RangeHigh Range
Overall Planned Permanent Resident Admissions401,000300,000410,000411,000320,000420,000421,000330,000430,000
EconomicFederal High Skilled108,50081,000110,250110,50096,250112,900113,750100,000114,500
Federal Business1,0004001,2501,0002501,2501,0005001,250
Economic Pilots: Caregivers; Agri-Food Pilot; Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot8,5004,9009,25010,0004,50010,50010,2504,50011,000
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program6,0003,3006,2506,2503,0006,7506,5003,5006,750
Provincial Nominee Program80,80064,00081,50081,50063,60082,50083,00065,00084,000
Quebec Skilled Workers and BusinessSee the Quebec immigration planTo be determinedTo be determined
Total Economic232,500180,500237,000241,500199,000247,000249,500207,000253,500
FamilySpouses, Partners and Children80,00061,00081,00080,00060,00081,00081,00060,00082,000
Parents and Grandparents23,50015,00024,00023,50014,00024,00023,50014,00024,000
Total Family103,50076,000105,000103,50074,000105,000104,50074,000106,000
Refugees and Protected PersonsProtected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad23,50017,00025,00024,50019,00025,00025,00019,50025,500
Resettled Refugees – Government-Assisted12,5007,50013,00012,5007,50013,00012,5008,40013,000
Resettled Refugees – Privately Sponsored22,50014,90023,00022,50015,40023,00022,50015,50023,000
Resettled Refugees – Blended Visa Office-Referred1,0001001,0001,0001001,0001,0001001,000
Total Refugees and Protected Persons59,50039,50062,00060,50042,00062,00061,00043,50062,500
Humanitarian and OtherTotal Humanitarian & Compassionate and Other5,5004,0006,0005,5005,0006,0006,0005,5008,000
French-speaking immigration admissions necessary to meet objective in Francophone Immigration Strategy 4.4% of total admissions outside Quebec12,14416,54

As per the news release, the Immigration Levels Plan sets immigration targets to help the Canadian economy recover from COVID-19, drive future growth and create jobs for middle-class Canadians.

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