Canada welcomed 184,370 new immigrants in 2020, according to the new Canadian government data. The decline in immigrants was largely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is being termed as the lowest immigration level to Canada, since the year 1998 when only 174,000 new immigrants were accepted.
Canada’s Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced in March 2020 that Canada aimed to welcome 341,000 new immigrants, the same as last year. However, only days later, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had to impose new travel restrictions to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Why did Canada’s Immigration Level Drop in 2020?
According to the government body of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), immigration levels dropped around the same time travel restrictions were imposed and the immigration flow has yet to return to pre-pandemic levels. Regardless, the government is taking steps to ensure that Canada maintains its intake of new immigrants.
The Canadian immigration system at the provincial and federal level continued its operation all throughout the pandemic to process as many permanent and temporary resident applications as possible to help foreign nationals stuck due to travel restrictions. This was also done to help the immigration levels to recover quickly following the pandemic.