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Canada targets 1.2million immigrants starting next year to make up for pandemic shortfall

Canada targets to welcome 1.2 million immigrants from 2021 to 2023 to make up for a shortfall this year due to pandemic, Canada Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced.


It was clearly a day of pride for Canada’s immigration minister who stated he was “honored” to announce the 2021-2023 immigration plan. He described it as a “vision to increase our numbers a little every year over the next three years.” 


"The key to both short-term economic recovery and long-term prosperity is immigration," said Minister Mendicino in a news conference.


The Canadian government would offer permanent resident status to temporary foreign workers, international students and asylum claimants already in Canada, Minister Mendicino said.


Canada aims to make up for this shortfall in admissions by setting its targets to 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021. In 2022 this number will rise to 411,000, followed by 421,000 in 2023. 


”Our plan will continue to focus on Canada’s economic growth,” the immigration minister stated at the press conference announcing the program.

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