The federal government is increasing immigration targets for the next three years and will make it easier for temporary foreign workers, asylum seekers and international students to become permanent residents in a bid to reduce a shortfall in immigration owing to COVID-19.
Canada will aim to accept 401,000 permanent residents in 2021, up from a previous target of 351,000; 411,000 in 2022, up from 361,000; and 421,000 in 2023. The new plan assumes international travel will return to normal next year.
Because of closed borders, shuttered visa offices and quarantine restrictions, Canada will take in only a fraction of the 341,000 permanent residents it expected this year.
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By John Ibbitson and Janice Dickson