Canadian Immigration Down 64% Annually During Q2-2020

August 28, 2020

By Toronto Storeys |

In response to COVID-19, Canada closed its borders to all non-essential traffic, leading to a drastic downturn in immigration and a slowdown of new permanent residents to the country.

As the Canadian economy continues to gradually reopen this summer, new data from the federal government has revealed that immigration has plunged by nearly two thirds in the second quarter of 2020 as border restrictions remained in effect.

According to the data, only 34,260 permanent residents were granted permission to enter the country between April and the end of June, with border closures still in place to curb the spread of the deadly virus. That compares with 94,275 in the same period last year, representing a drop of 64%.

In March, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said the 2020 target was 341,000, with another 351,000 or so to obtain permanent residence in 2021. Last year, Canada saw 341,175 new permanent residents.

During his announcement, Mendicino said Canada plans to welcome more that one million immigrants between now and the end of 2022, pushing annual levels up towards, and over, the 350,000 barrier.

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