Canada to accept new immigrants 330,800 next year
Nov 3, 2018
Global Korean Post
Federal government on Oct. 31 announced the new multi-year immigration levels plan for 2019-2021.
Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, said “The new multi-year immigration levels plan supports Canadian employers and businesses by ensuring they have the skilled labour they need to spur innovation and help to keep our country at the forefront of the global economy.”
The new plan builds on the strong economic foundation laid out in last year’s levels plan and continues to responsibly grow the number of permanent residents Canada welcomes annually to 330,800 in 2019, 341,000 in 2020 and 350,000—nearing 1 percent of Canada’s population—in 2021.
The new 2019-2021 immigration levels plan remains focused on attracting the best and brightest from around the world, with the majority of the increase allotted to high-skilled economic immigration. In fact, 72% of additional admissions are allocated to economic programs in 2021.
“We need to have a thorough understanding of the costs and the pressures on provincial and municipal services,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services in Ontario, “In Toronto, approximately 40 per cent of shelter occupants are refugees.”
Since the start of 2017, 36,000 asylum seekers have crossed illegally into Canada at unofficial points of entry. So far this year, the numbers are higher than during the same time span in 2017. Reports tabled in the House of Commons show that only 398 people have been removed to date.
According to the 2016 Census, immigrants,7.5 million foreign-born people from more than 200 countries came to Canada.
Top 10 countries of birth of recent immigrants include Philippines (188,805), India (147,190), China(129,020), Iran (42,070), Pakistan(41,480), United States (33,060), Syria (29,945), United Kingdom(24,445), France (24,155), and South Korea (21,710).