Relaxed travel restrictions to boost immigration in Canada

In May 2021, Canada welcomed 17000 new immigrants, the lowest number recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IRCC has been observing a slow immigration rate straight from the past four months, whereas the year started extremely well.

The number of new immigrants welcomed to Canada start declining gradually as per the following table:

MonthNumber of Immigrants Welcomed

Until May 2021, Canada has welcomed 108,000 immigrants, which is a low number as per the set targets under Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023.

Canada set the target of inviting 401,000 new immigrants each year starting from 2021. This is the most striving target ever set by IRCC for welcoming aspiring migrators in Canada to support economic recovery after COVID 19 pandemic.

Canada was targeting to welcome 341,000 new immigrants in 2020, but only 184,000 immigrants entered the country due to travel constraints and other coronavirus-related troubles since March 2020.

Before the pandemic hit the country, between 25,000 and 35,000 immigrants used to enter Canada every month. During the spring and summer months, the number of immigrants used to be high. These are the months with favourable weather conditions, and the academic and business calendar starts in September in Canada.

However, only 4,100 new arrivals were registered in April 2020 and continued to be under 20,000 each month for the rest of 2020.

Currently, IRCC is focusing on processing the permanent residence applications for those who are already living in Canada and have applied through Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and other programs. Through the Express Entry draws, candidates falling under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) are invited. Total 93,842 candidates are already invited to apply for PR in 2021 which is double the figure in 2020. IRCC also brought up new PR streams for up to 90,000 international graduates and workers, and it is expected that about 40,000 of these applications will be processed by the end of 2021.

As the immigration target is high, in the coming years more and more applications will be accepted. To apply for one of the programs leading to Canadian Permanent Residency, contact Options Abroad powered by a board of experienced IRCC members, immigration lawyers, and leading visa and immigration experts.