Canada welcomes lowest number of immigrants of 2021 in April
Canada welcomed 21,105 new immigrants in April 2021, the lowest count since the beginning of the year.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data shows that Canada has been experiencing a downward trend over the last two months.
In January 2021, Canada welcomed 24,680 new immigrants and 23,395 immigrants in February. The welcome numbers dropped even more to 22,425 in March then even lower for April 2021.
It is unknown why the permanent residence intake has declined after a strong start to the year.
Canada has welcomed a total of 91,580 new permanent resident arrivals this year, compared to just over 73,240 this time in 2020. However, if Canada continues with these numbers, welcoming 91,580 newcomers every four months, the total will only reach 275,000 permanent residence admissions at the end of the year. This is significantly less than the ambitious target of 401,000.
However, Canada is planning on removing some of the international travel restrictions in early July of this year. This will likely be removing the fourteen (14)-day quarantine for citizens and permanent residents only, but it is a good step in the right direction.
The many travel restrictions in place have resulted in Canada’s weakest immigration numbers since 1998. In addition, in April 2021, Canada welcomed a mere 4,000 new immigrants – potentially the lowest month for Canada immigration since World War II.
Canada is also expecting a major increase of new permanent residents in the rest of 2021, boosted by the new pathway to permanent residence launched in May. This program expects to receive 90,000 applications from international graduates, essential workers, and healthcare workers.
IRCC has also significantly increased the numbers of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) being issued through Express Entry draws. This is shown through the record-breaking February draw as well as the recent PNP and CEC-only draws. These candidates are likely to make the move to permanent residency in the second half of the year.