Canada breaks immigration record welcoming 401,000 in 2021
Since Canada was founded as a country in 1867, it has always been known as a welcoming place for immigrants.
Now, more than 150 years later, Canada continues to add new permanent residents to the country and, in 2021, broke the country's record in that department.
According to a press release by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Canada welcomed a record number of 401,000 permanent residence landings over the past year.
Sean Fraser, Canada's Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister, said, "Last year, we set an ambitious goal. Today, we achieved it. This is a historic moment for our country, as we welcome the highest number of newcomers in one year in our history."
The last time that Canada passed the 400,000 mark regarding immigration was in 1913. However, shortly after, the arrival of World War One caused immigration in the country to drop significantly.
Pictured: an advertisement from 1912-1913 to entice immigrants to farm in British Columbia.
The figures regarding immigrants do not specify how many come from each country; however, many of Canada's new arrivals come from China, Nigeria, Iran, Turkey, and the US, among others.
Every year the IRCC sets ambitious goals regarding the number of immigrants it hopes to welcome; however, the pandemic certainly slowed things down.
For example, in 2020, the country had the goal of receiving 341,000 new arrivals, but as a result of the global pandemic, only 184,000 were admitted.
For this reason and to support the country's post-pandemic economic recovery, IRCC set a lofty goal of 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021. But the pandemic is still going strong, so how did Immigration Canada manage these numbers?
The IRCC decided to focus on temporary residents of Canada who have been seeking to change their legal situation from temporary residents to permanent residents.
Undoubtedly, many temporary residents were thrilled to get the good news that they would be able to reside in Canada for the rest of their lives if they wished to do so!
Before the global pandemic hit, the IRCC welcomed more new immigrants from abroad (roughly 70%) and only approved a smaller number of temporary residents' requests to reside in the country permanently (around 30%).
So in 2021, Immigration Canada reversed those numbers, with around 70% landing from within Canada and about 30 % arriving from overseas.
A logical choice given that those already living in the country are far less likely to face pandemic-related obstacles that could prevent them from landing in the country as permanent residents.
At times, some Canadians can feel threatened by the arrival of immigrants. However, it is essential to remember that 100% of the labor force growth in Canada comes from immigration to the country.
According to Immigration Canada, one out every four health care workers is an immigrant, and one of every three Canadian businesses is owned by an immigrant, making immigrants an important asset to the country.