New IRCC data shows Canada had another strong month for new permanent resident landings.
Canada landed nearly 40,000 new permanent residents in July, and nearly 36,000 in June. Prior to the pandemic, Canada welcomed between 25,000 and 35,000 new immigrants in a given month. Immigration levels fell significantly beginning in April 2020 following the implementation of COVID-19 public health measures in Canada.
Canada aims to welcome at least 401,000 new immigrants annually beginning this year.
Between January and August, Canada has landed about 222,000 immigrants. This means it will need to welcome some 179, 000 new immigrants, or an average of 45,000 per month for the rest of 2021 to achieve its levels goal for this year.
Even if Canada does fall short of the goal, it has flexibility within its Immigration Levels Plan to increase its newcomer intake in 2022 and 2023 to compensate. The levels plan features a range that allows IRCC to adjust its targets lower or higher based on policy and operational considerations.