This year, immigration to Canada remained a key factor in strengthening the country’s labour force and economy. From October 2016 and 2021, immigration from Canada accounted for around 80% of this country’s total labour force growth. As a result, Canada has been able to lessen the effects of labour shortages across a variety of industries and areas.
According to the census 2021, more than half (748,120) of Canada’s immigrants were accepted as economic immigrants. This group of immigrants has played a crucial role in supporting Canada’s economic development because they supply Canadian employers with qualified workers to meet pressing labour shortages which consequently encourages economic progress.
Here’s a recap of the three events from 2022 that are noteworthy landmarks in the field of Canadian immigration:
Immigrants Make Up a High Share of the Total Population in Canada
According to the 2021 census, the percentage of immigrants in Canada’s population has reached a record high. Immigrants are classified as 8.3 million people or 23.0% of the overall population of Canada. This figure surpasses a record held by Canada for a century, which dates back to 1921 when immigrants made up 22.3% of the country’s population.
Note: Based on trends, the immigrant share could reach between 29.1% and 34% by 2041
Provincial Nominee Programs set to overtake Express Entry
Express Entry has long been the top immigration route in Canada. However, the most recent immigration levels plan states that in 2022, Canada’s PNP immigration targets exceeded Express Entry targets, a trend that is anticipated to continue in the future. In addition to this, the country is aiming to invite 105,000 PNP immigrants as compared to 82,800 immigrants through Express Entry system programs in 2023.
Canada Aims to Invite Half a Million New Permanent Residents in 2025
In 2025, one of the key milestones in Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan (2023-2025) will be 500,000 total permanent resident admissions. With the help of the start of this plan, the country will be able to restore its poor immigration levels faced during the peak of COVID-19. Moreover, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) plans to invite half of a million newcomers to the country in 2025.