Canada admitted 11,315 new permanent residents in August 2020, shows the latest data from the Canadian government. This is lower than the number of new permanent residents welcomed by the country in July, which was 13645.
It shows that the spread of COVID-19 has affected the number of new permanent residents welcomed by Canada, as the country imposed travel restrictions since March in its efforts to control the spread of COVID-19.
However, it should be remembered that the fall in the immigration levels of the country is temporary and despite the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, Canada remains committed to high levels of immigration. It is evident in the Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws that have been taking place even after Canada imposed travel restrictions in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. Canada is continuing to hold bi-weekly Express Entry draws and in the third quarter of 2020, the country invited a record number of skilled workers. Provincial Nominee Programs also remained highly active during this period with provinces such as Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia conducting regular PNP draws. Quebec held the largest provincial nominee draw of the year last week.
The country has outlined immigration as key to the economic recovery in the post-pandemic period. Canada has also announced the re-opening of its popular Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP).
Further, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has informed that it would be accepting 30000 PGP applications in 2021. As the PGP accounts for 6 per cent of total number of immigrants accepted by Canada, this target shows that the country remains committed to its plan of welcoming more than 300,000 immigrants in the coming year and beyond. It is expected that the Canada will be announcing its Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023 this month. It will give a clearer picture about the country’s immigration plans beyond the pandemic period.
The number of candidates admitted in August 2020 is 31600 lower compared to the number of candidates welcomed in 2019. However, immigration experts believe that the low level of immigration is only temporary and the levels will soon rebound in the coming months.