Tuesday, January 26, 2021
ADVT 
National

Canada aims for 1.2M newcomers in next three years

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 30 Oct, 2020
  • Canada aims for 1.2M newcomers in next three years

Canada will seek to admit 401,000 new permanent residents next year, a target that if met would be a historic number of newcomers.

But how realistic that plan is in an era of closed borders, a massive economic downturn and reduced capacity within the federal government to handle applications remains to be seen.

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino unveiled the government's latest immigration targets today in a report tabled to Parliament.

Between 2021 and 2023, the goal is to admit upwards of 1.2 million new permanent residents.

                                      WATCH TODAY'S VIDEO

The plan tabled in Parliament did not break out the targets for the various immigration categories, just a low and high range.

Altogether, the target figures represent a marked increase in three-year plans unveiled last March, when the government said it was aiming for just over one million people by 2022.

That plan was released just as the country — and much of the world — was closing borders to try to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The global shutdown is likely to result in the number of permanent residents settling in Canada this year to be cut by around half.

In a statement, Mendicino said the three-year plan was built to compensate for this year's shortfall.

But the potential for a relatively low number of newcomers to continue to be admitted is reflected in the numbers.

While the government's target is 401,000 people, the report says as few as 300,000 might actually be accepted.

That figure is below even the original lowest projected intake in the original plan Mendicino unveiled in March, where the government had aimed for between 330,000 and 380,000 new permanent residents in 2021.

MORE National ARTICLES

Pandemics, environment linked: scientists

Pandemics, environment linked: scientists

The panel, which has 137 member nations, commissioned a report into the environmental roots of pandemics and new diseases including AIDS, H1N1, SARS, Ebola and COVID-19. 

Pandemics, environment linked: scientists

A man is dead and a woman is in hospital after an overnight stabbing in Maple Ridge

A man is dead and a woman is in hospital after an overnight stabbing in Maple Ridge

Upon arrival, frontline officers located a female suffering from significant injuries and a man who, tragically, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A man is dead and a woman is in hospital after an overnight stabbing in Maple Ridge

Trudeau condemns deadly attack at church in Nice

Trudeau condemns deadly attack at church in Nice

An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church in the Mediterranean city, French authorities said, prompting the country to raise its security alert status to the highest level.

Trudeau condemns deadly attack at church in Nice

Vancouver Police identifies city's 15th homicide victim

Vancouver Police identifies city's 15th homicide victim

The VPD’s Major Crime Section is continuing to investigate Mr. Wanke’s murder. His remains were found in a large recycling bin in the water off of Kits Point on October 18.

Vancouver Police identifies city's 15th homicide victim

Conversion therapy ban approved in principle

Conversion therapy ban approved in principle

O'Toole allowed his MPs a free vote on the issue, part of his bargain with social conservatives that helped him secure the Conservative leadership in August.

Conversion therapy ban approved in principle

Blair pledges to address prison isolation concerns

Blair pledges to address prison isolation concerns

Prisoners transferred to the units are supposed to be allowed out of their cells for four hours each day, with two of those hours engaged in "meaningful human contact."

Blair pledges to address prison isolation concerns