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Will Canada be Open to Immigrants After COVID-19?

Updated: Feb 20

Many of our new clients have asked if Canada will accept immigrants in 2021 and what immigration to Canada after covid-19 will look like. Today, Jade addresses Canada's Immigration Plan for 2021. She also answers questions about when international students can come to Canada to study and when you should plan to immigrate to Canada.



Immigration to Canada 2021


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced its immigration targets for 2021. These targets are broken down by program categories. Most notable in this plan is Canada’s aim to admit 401,000 permanent residents in 2021. This is the highest number of planned permanent resident admissions in over 100 years.


Within these 401,000 new permanent residents, Canada aims to admit 232,000 economic immigrants. Included in the economic immigration category are the following programs:

  • 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

Canada is also prioritizing applications for family sponsorship programs, which includes Spousal Sponsorship, Common-Law Partner Sponsorship, Conjugal Partner Sponsorship, and Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship. Their goal is to admit 103,500 applicants through these programs.

  • Spouses, partners, and children: 80,000

  • Parents & Grandparents: 23,500

Some of the other categories IRCC addressed in their 2021 Immigration Plan are Refugees and Protected Persons. Canada aims to admit 59,500 refugees in 2021. The country also plans to allow 5,000 humanitarian applicants into Canada.



Should I try to immigrate to Canada in 2021?


Yes, we suggest that immigrating to Canada in 2021 is advisable. These projected numbers released by IRCC in the 2021 Immigration Plan are quite high. As a result, we anticipate that some programs will become less competitive and therefore increase your odds of success. We also advise that our in-Canada clients begin the application process as soon as possible before out-of-Canada applicants realize that Canada has such high immigration targets for the year.


Will Canada stop taking immigrants in 2021/after covid-19?


No, Canada will not stop taking immigrants in 2021 as a result of covid-19. In fact, Canada was unable to take in as many immigrants in 2020 due to the pandemic. As a result, higher immigration targets were announced for this year. This means that Canada is not only accepting immigrants, they are accepting more than they have before.


How will the coronavirus situation affect international students who are planning to study in Canada in 2021?


Most Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in Canada are open for students to come to Canada. DLIs must have a covid-19 readiness plan in place to show that it is safe for students to come.


The travel restrictions enforced in 2020 as a result of Covid-19 led to fewer international students entering Canada. As a result, schools are a little bit less competitive at the moment. If you plan to study in Canada, you have a better chance of being accepted, getting a study permit, and qualifying for Permanent Residency.

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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