New data released by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) revealed that new immigrant landings in Canada declined for the fifth consecutive month after a strong start at the beginning of the year.
The number of immigrants that arrived in Canada between January 2021-May 2021 are as follows:
- January- 24,680
- February- 23,395
- March- 22,425
- April- 21,155
- May- 17,100
Why Were Canada’s Immigration Levels Affected?
Canada has set the target of inviting an estimated 401,000 new immigrants in 2021. In the first five months of 2021, Canada has managed to invite just over 108,000 new immigrants. This is a slow pace if Canada intends to meet the set target. This is the most ambitious Canadian Immigration Levels Plan as Canada tries to recover from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Last year, Canada had a target of inviting 341,000 new immigrants. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic that began in mid-March 2020, Canada only managed to invite 184,000 new immigrants. Pre-pandemic, Canada had a consistent immigration system to invite 25,000-35,000 new immigrants every month. However, that changed drastically in April 2021 when the monthly arrivals remained mostly below 20,000.