The Government of Canada announced a plan to support economic recovery through immigration, with increased immigration targets for the next three years.
Data shows that 1 in 4 Hamiltonians were born outside of Canada. Everyday they serve our community in ways that may not be visible to us. The pandemic has highlighted the contribution of immigrants to the well-being of our communities and across all sectors of the economy. Our health-care system relies on immigrants to keep Canadians safe and healthy. Other industries, such as information technology companies and our farmers and producers, also rely on the talent of newcomers to maintain supply chains, expand their businesses and, in turn, create more jobs for Canadians.
To compensate for the shortfall and ensure Canada has the workers it needs to fill crucial labour market gaps and remain competitive on the world stage, the 2021 to 2023 levels plan aims to continue welcoming immigrants at a rate of about 1% of the population of Canada, including 401,000 permanent residents in 2021, 411,000 in 2022 and 421,000 in 2023.
This new plan focuses on economic growth with 60% of admissions to come from the Economic Class , as well as a continued focus on innovative and community-driven approaches. The new plan also offers additional points for French-speaking candidates under Express Entry.