Canada is already on track to achieve its ambitious 401,000 immigration target this year.

Canada’s immigration levels are starting to recover.

New Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data show that the country welcomed about 24,665 new permanent residents in January 2021. This is comparable to Canada’s monthly intake prior to the pandemic. In fact, it is the strongest month for Canadian immigration since February 2020.

Prior to the pandemic, Canada welcomed between 25,000 and 35,000 new immigrants per month.

There is a significant seasonal component to Canadian immigration. Newcomer arrivals are the strongest during the spring and summer months and taper off towards the end of each calendar year. Reasons for this include the warmer weather making the settlement process easier, as well as families looking to settle in Canada by the end of the summer holidays — Canada’s school year and work schedule generally resume normal activity each September.

This typical state of affairs was interrupted abruptly by the travel restrictions Canada was compelled to implement effective March 18th of last year as it sought to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Since then, immigration levels have remained extremely weak and Canada was not able to surpass 20,000 new arrivals in a month until January of this year.

Only 184,370 new immigrants came to Canada in 2020, falling way short of IRCC’s goal of 341,000. This was the weakest year for Canadian immigration since 1998. To make up for the shortage, Canada’s Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced that Canada would welcome 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021. Should Canada achieve this goal, it will be tied for the highest level of immigration in the country’s history  — the current record stands at 401,000 immigrant arrivals in 1913.

The strong start to this year suggests Canada is in a good position to achieve its ambitious immigration goal by the end of this year. If seasonal newcomer arrival patterns normalize, we can expect immigration to eventually surpass 35,000 monthly landings by the summer.

News Source: CIC NEWS

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