On October 30th, 2020, The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, tabled Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s 2021‒2023 Immigration Levels Plan. This plan details the Canadian government strategy to increase immigration targets to help Canada recover from COVID-19 and spark future economic growth.
According to the recent IRCC News Release, “the pandemic has highlighted the contribution of immigrants to the well-being of our communities and across all sectors of the economy,” in industries including healthcare, information technology, farming and production. By participating in the Canadian economy, newcomers support the expansion of business and job growth for all who reside in Canada.
Due to travel restrictions and border closures in the context of COVID-19, the admission of new immigrants to Canada has been lower than expected throughout 2020. The 2021-2023 levels plan addresses this gap by welcoming immigrants “at a rate of about 1% of the population of Canada, including 401,000 permanent residents in 2021, 411,000 in 2022 and 421,000 in 2023. The previous plan set targets of 351,000 in 2021 and 361,000 in 2022.” Canada will welcome immigrants through various immigration pathways, including economic class, family reunification and refugee resettlement.
This levels plan signals Canada’s ambition to remain a top destination for talent, and as recruitment becomes increasingly digital, employers will be increasingly looking to connect with newcomer jobseekers online. As an additional resource in this area, permanent residents recently arrived to Canada or those who have been approved for permanent residence but are yet to land are eligible to join BC JobConnect are eligible to create a candidate profile on BC JobConnect to connect with 900+ employers across the province.