The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced Thursday that Canada has reached its target and welcomed more than 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021.
Surpassing the previous record from 1913, this is the most newcomers in a year in Canadian history, according to Minister Sean Fraser.
“Last year, we set an ambitious goal. Today, we achieved it. This is a historic moment for our country, as we welcome the highest number of newcomers in one year in our history. I want to thank all the employees in my department, especially our Operations Sector, who made this possible,” Fraser said.
He also added “Canada is built on immigration, and we will continue to welcome the immigrants that Canada needs to succeed. I can’t wait to see the incredible contributions that our 401,000 new neighbours make in communities across the country.”
In 2019, Canada welcomed more than 341,000 permanent residents. Despite the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada also admitted over 184,500 new permanent residents over the course of 2020.
Immigration accounts for almost 100% of Canada’s labour force growth, according to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Roughly 75% of Canada’s population growth comes from immigration, mostly in the economic category, IRCC said in a statement. By 2036, immigrants will represent up to 30% of Canada’s population, compared with 20.7% in 2011.
The statement further added that immigration addresses labour shortages in key sectors such as health care.
Immigrants make up 37% of pharmacists, 36% of physicians, 39% of dentists, 23% of registered nurses, and 35% of nurse aides and related occupations.