The Trudeau government announced on Friday that they will be increasing immigration levels over the next three years as part of a strategy for economic recovery.
Despite being in a "second wave" of COVID-19 cases, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said that were looking at admitting 1.2 million immigrants in the next three years. The numbers will look like this: 401,000 in 2021, 411,000 in 2022, and 421,000 in 2023, according to the Star.
Before the pandemic, the targets were significantly lower with 314,000 immigrants this year, a projected 351,000 in 2021 and 361,000 in 2022.
“Immigration is essential to getting us through the pandemic, but also to our short-term economic recovery and our long-term economic growth. Canadians have seen how newcomers are playing an outsized role in our hospitals and care homes, and helping us to keep food on the table,” the immigration minister said.
“As we look to recovery, newcomers create jobs not just by giving our businesses the skills they need to thrive, but also by starting businesses themselves. Our plan will help to address some of our most acute labour shortages and to grow our population to keep Canada competitive on the world stage.”
The Star reports that "immigration accounted for 86.5 per cent of Canada’s population growth in the second quarter."