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Canada's Immigration Landscape: A Thriving Contribution to the Country's Economy and Population Growth

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Canada’s immigration landscape is thriving, with immigrants playing a significant role in the country’s economy and population growth. According to the latest data from Statistics Canada, immigrants make up the largest share of the population in over 150 years, with nearly one in four people (23.0%) in Canada being immigrants or having been permanent residents. This is the highest proportion since Confederation, surpassing the previous record of 22.3% in 1921, and the largest proportion among G7 countries.

Record-Breaking Immigration Numbers

From 2016 to 2021, over 1.3 million new immigrants settled permanently in Canada, the highest number of recent immigrants recorded in a Canadian census. The majority of these immigrants (53.4%) were admitted under the economic category, with 34.5% selected through skilled worker programs and another 33.6% through the Canadian Experience Class.

Impact of COVID-19 on Immigration Trends

In 2023, Canada welcomed 500,000 non-permanent residents, marking a significant increase from the previous year. The surge can be attributed to the easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions and increases in work and study permits approved.

Immigrants' Contribution to Population Growth

The contribution of immigration to Canada’s population growth is substantial, with 96% of the current population growth being due to immigration. The number of non-permanent residents in Canada has also reached a record high of 2.5 million as of October 2023, an increase from 1.7 million at the same time last year.

Canada's Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026

In response to this growth, Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026 aims to maintain sustainable growth by stabilizing the number of newcomers and recognizing the importance of housing, infrastructure planning, and population growth. The plan targets 485,000 new immigrants in 2024, another 500,000 in 2025, and 500,000 in 2026, with about 58% of the annual target being immigrants under the economic class in 2024, rising to 60% by 2026.

Ensuring Sustainable Growth

Immigration in Canada is robust, with immigrants making up a significant portion of the population and contributing to the country’s economic growth. The latest data and the Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026 demonstrate Canada’s commitment to maintaining sustainable growth through immigration.

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