Canada is gearing up to receive 431,000 immigrants.

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The Immigration Levels Plan target of 431,000 new permanent residents by the end of 2022 is on track, according to the open data portal available on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. This was announced today in a report that provides an overview of admissions for all three immigration programs: economic, family and humanitarian. The report also confirms that admissions are aligned with levels set out in the Immigration Levels Plan.

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser claims that Canada has already taken in over 300,000 permanent residents this year, which has only been matched a few times and always took a whole year to achieve. The previous high was 2021 when 405,330 people immigrated to Canada through Provincial Nominee Programs and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Immigration may surpass the goal if it remains at current levels through the rest of 2022. If immigration levels continue at this rate until the end of the year, Canada will likely meet its objective. IRCC has also implemented measures to reduce these figures, such as making the application process entirely digital and employing 1,250 additional staff.

According to data, the most significant number of immigrants, 68,280, have come from India. China's 16,540 figure is far from second place India at 68,280. The Philippines, Afghanistan, and Nigeria are the other top five origin countries.

More people than ever are immigrating to Canada, most choosing to settle in Ontario. Whether they're coming for economic opportunity, family reasons, or as refugees, more and more people are making Ontario their home. British Columbia is the second most popular choice for new immigrants.

Canada's refusal to support the workforce or economy without immigration is due to an anticipated rise in retirement and a low birth rate over the next decade.

Canada is on track to welcome many immigrants in the coming years. Thanks to an improved, streamlined application process. Newcomers play an essential role in our country and help contribute to our vibrant communities. We will continue to monitor the progress of Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan and update you on any changes.

Stats by province

A total of 101,155 newcomers have immigrated to Ontario in the first six months of the year - nearly triple that of any other province. British Columbia is now home to 36,700 new permanent residents as of the end of June.

31,880 immigrants arrived in Quebec during the year's first half, making it the third most welcoming province. In fourth place was Alberta, with 26,920 new residents.

Ontario didn't only welcome the most immigrants in every one of Canada's immigration categories but also led in every category: economic, family, refugee, and other. Although BC was lower than Ontario under economic- and family-class immigration numbers, they were third for "other." Alberta is second for refugees and third for family class immigrants. Lastly, Quebec had high numbers too, the third most economic- and refugee-class immigrants with the second highest under "other."

Immigration is an important issue in Canada, and the government is working to increase it.

Canada's economy heavily relies on immigration to address labor shortages. According to Statistics Canada, there are over one million job openings and an unemployment rate of just 4.9%, which is a historical low. As a result, several sectors are experiencing a shortage of labour. This is exacerbated by the fact that by 2030, over nine million Canadians will be at retirement age and the birth rate is one of the lowest in the G7 countries at 1.4 children per woman (compared to 2.1 in France). Due to the labour shortage, Canada expects to invite more immigrants each year to reach record-breaking numbers. For example, under the Immigration Levels Plan, Canada aims to welcome more than 450,000 newcomers by 2024. Some provincial governments are pressing for Canada to do more in terms of attracting skilled immigrants and want greater control over immigration policy. The IRCC has announced a few changes that will help clear the applications backlog and improve the experience for clients. Starting on September 23, immigration applications will only be made online, and by spring 2023, application status trackers will be available for seven more permanent residence and temporary residence programs. With these alterations, it should be simpler for people going through the process to get around and have more clarity.

If you're interested in learning more about immigration to Canada, check out our website or contact us today.

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