The total number of new Canada PR visa holders in Canada in 2020 came to 184,370 immigrants. Since 1998, this number has been the lowest. That year, Canada welcomed 174,000 new immigrants.
The COVID-19 pandemic is the major reason behind this fall in numbers. The targeted number of newcomers through Canada immigration in 2020 was 341,000. The travel restrictions that followed the occurrence of the pandemic compelled Canada to meet only a fraction of what was aimed at to be achieved.
Nevertheless, Canada is working hard and consistently attempting to keep immigration levels up, which is reflected in the high immigration levels planned for in the 2021-2023 period. Canada is looking at a minimum of 401,000 new immigrants annually under the immigration levels plan.
During the pandemic, IRCC and Canadian provinces and territories have kept the processing of existing and new applications for immigration going without fail. This was necessary too for a country that depends largely on immigrants to maintain its economic and social requirements and development.
Canada has allowed eligible immigrants to arrive in Canada despite the travel restrictions that are primarily in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The country is aiming at economic recovery at the earliest for which it is taking a well-balanced and diligent effort to keep infections at bay and yet bring eligible candidates in.
Before the COVID-19 struck, Canada has been welcoming around 300,000 new immigrants annually. The immigration Canada realized came just under 200,000 immigrants in 2020 owing to the pandemic.
Now that the chance of containing the COVID-19 virus is much more with vaccinations already applied to people in Canada like it’s done in many more countries of the world. As the hope of recovery is finally becoming visible, Canada is making all the right moves to achieve what it aimed for in immigration.
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