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Immigration to Canada 2021 | Immigration to Canada After Covid-19

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

Immigration to Canada 2021

Many individuals who planned to immigrate to Canada in 2020 altered their plans as a result of COVID-19. For a time, the Canadian border was closed and only certain foreign nationals were permitted to enter the country.

Although travel restrictions have changed, there are still limits on who can enter Canada. This has had a negative impact on the number of immigrants admitted to Canada in 2020.

We’ve received many questions about immigration to Canada in 2021. Many clients have asked us if immigration to Canada after COVID-19 will be a possibility.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released the Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023.

Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023

The overall planned Permanent Resident admissions for 2021 is 401,000. This is the highest amount of immigrants to be admitted to Canada since 1913.

One of IRCC’s priorities is economic immigration. Immigration Canada aims to admit 232,000 immigrants through economic immigration programs. The breakdown for this is:

  • Federal High Skilled: 108,500

  • Federal Business: 1,000

  • Economic Pilots: Caregivers; Agri-Food Pilot; Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: 8,500

  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program: 6,000

  • Provincial Nominee Program: 80,800

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will also prioritize family immigration by aiming to admit 103,500 foreign nationals through family immigration programs. The breakdown for this is:

  • Spouses, partners, and children: 80,000

  • Parents & Grandparents: 23,500


Why Canada is maintaining high levels of immigration in 2021?

In the first six months of 2020, Canada welcomed 103,420 immigrants. This is approximately 60,000 immigrants less than the first six months in 2019. The coronavirus had a strong impact on the number of immigrants that were eligible to enter the country in 2020. As such, immigration numbers were lower than anticipated for the year.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada recognizes how vital immigrants are to the Canadian economy and maintaining the Canadian population. Immigrants offset the low birthrate and ageing population in Canada; they also help sustain the Canadian economy. As such, immigrants are a large part of Canada’s economic recovery.


Our Services

Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.

We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.

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