The Canadian government's goal of well over a quarter million new immigrants in 2020 may not be reached due to COVID-19.
A new report on intake levels published by CIC News, an online magazine sponsored by an immigration law firm blames the failure on “travel restrictions and other pandemic-related disruptions”:
Prior to the pandemic, Canada was targeting the arrival of 341,000 new immigrants in 2020 which is the same level it achieved last year.
Between January and August of 2020, Canada has welcomed 128,400 immigrants. Based on current trends, it appears Canada’s permanent resident intake will fall short of 200,000 immigrants this year for the first time since 1999.
The government plans to continue to increase immigration intake levels, with a goal of 350,000 new permanent residents in 2021.
Since the start of coronavirus lockdowns in March of this year, at least 22,414 foreign nationals have been rejected from entering Canada, many of whom were tourists and shoppers from America.
Non-essential border crossings were originally announced to be a 30-day measure, but the rule has since been extended over and over again, forcing families and friends who live just across the Canada/US border from each other to stay apart.