Canada announces 2021-2023 Multi-Year Immigration Target Levels Plan
The 2021-2023 Multi-Year Levels Plan was tabled in Parliament on October 30, 2020, with targets of 401,000 permanent residents in 2021; 411,000 in 2022; and 421,000 in 2023.
The 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan increases admissions to offset the impacts of COVID-19, including a shortfall in 2020 of about 150,000. Unlike previous plans, this year’s plan features significantly lowered ranges in each year to provide flexibility for potential ongoing pandemic-related impacts—including travel restrictions, the possibility of interruptions to business resumption and a slow start to 2021 admissions, given lower application inventories than is typical. The Multi-Year Levels Plan has three broad objectives: 1) achieving long-term benefits for Canada; 2) contributing to short-term economic growth and addressing labour market needs for different regions; and 3) ensuring a well-managed migration system that can maintain public confidence.
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