OTTAWA — Canada set an immigration record final yr by granting greater than 437,000 foreigners permanent residency, the federal government mentioned on Tuesday, because it ramps up immigration to combat a good labor market.
The federal government had set a goal to welcome 431,645 new permanent residents in 2022, and the immigration ministry mentioned Canada has reached that focus on to make it the biggest annual consumption of individuals in Canadian historical past.
The tally for final yr is about 9% increased than 2021, when Canada surpassed the earlier record set in 1913, and comes as Canada seeks to deliver in 1.45 million new permanent residents by 2025-end.
Immigration is a key a part of the answer as Canada focuses on addressing an acute labor market scarcity, the ministry mentioned. Individuals with permanent residency permits can sometimes apply for citizenship after 5 years.
Immigration accounts for nearly 100% of Canada’s labor drive development and by 2036 immigrants will signify as much as 30% of Canada’s inhabitants, up from 20.7% in 2011, the assertion mentioned.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s authorities has relied on immigration to spice up the Canadian financial system and help an getting older inhabitants since coming to energy in 2015.
Scarcity of expert staff in industries like healthcare is acute and the latest official information reveals there have been 871,300 job vacancies in October, down from a record excessive of over one million open roles in Canada in Could.
To sort out that, Ottawa is planning focused attracts for expert immigrants for the primary time in 2023, permitting it to cherry choose candidates with essentially the most in-demand abilities for the areas of the nation that the majority want staff.
However many immigrants nonetheless wrestle to seek out work in their chosen area, and a few advocates say helps haven’t grown in tempo with the variety of new permanent residents.
Canada has additionally struggled to maintain up with a surge in functions after COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions eased because the variety of processed functions doubled to about 5.2 million in 2022 from the earlier yr, the ministry mentioned. — Reuters