Government reaches target of 431,645 new permanent residents
The Federal Government has been addressing the acute labour shortages the country is facing today with immigration to Canada as a key part of the solution. Newcomers enrich our communities, and contribute to our economy by working, creating jobs and supporting local businesses. Immigrants account for 36% of physicians, 33% business owners with paid staff, and 41% of engineers.
In 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) processed approximately 5.2 million applications for permanent residence, temporary residence and citizenship, double the number of applications processed in 2021.
Last week, the Federal Government announced that it had reached its 2022 target of 431,645 new permanent residents to Canada. This represents the largest number of people ever welcomed in a year, in Canadian history. The last time Canada welcomed such a large numbers of newcomers was in 1913.
It’s estimated that by 2036 immigrants will represent up to 30% of Canada’s population, compared with 20.7% in 2011.
As the Federal Government continues to welcome historic numbers of newcomers, IRCC has added resources, embraced new technology, streamlined processing, and brought more processes online. These changes are all important improvements to Canada’s immigration system, which will position our country well for the future.
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