At the end of October, the Government of Canada announced its multi-year immigration levels plan for 2019 to 2021. The new levels plan focuses on increasing economic immigration.
Building on the strong economic foundation that was laid out in last year’s 3-year levels plan, it continues to responsibly grow the number of permanent residents that Canada welcomes annually to 330,800 in 2019, 341,000 in 2020 and 350,000—nearing 1 percent of Canada’s population—in 2021. The majority of the increase in 2021 will be allotted to high-skilled economic immigrants.
Immigrants encourage innovation, contribute to Canada’s economic growth and help keep Canada competitive in the global economy. The new levels plan recognizes the importance of economic immigration for Canada because newcomers help Canadian businesses succeed and grow, especially in the ever-growing information and communications technology sector.