Canada immigration news: Canada immigration soared to 231,625 in the first half of 2022, 59.8 per cent higher than during the comparable period last year.
The skyrocketing levels of immigration this year through to the end of June are even higher than those before the start of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
In 2019, the last full year before the pandemic, there were only 160,235 new permanent residents in Canada in the first six months.
That means immigration to Canada in the first half of this year was up 45.5 per cent over the comparable period in the last year before COVID-19 struck and border closures and public health restrictions came into effect.
The latest Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data shows the trend started in the first half of this year could, if continued throughout the rest of 2022, result in 463,250 new permanent residents to Canada this year.
That would put immigration to Canada for 2022 up almost 14.1 per cent over the 406,025 new permanent residents last year – and more than 7.3 per cent higher than even Ottawa’s ambitious immigration target for this year.
Under its Immigration Levels Plan for 2022-2024, Ottawa plans to welcome 431,645 permanent residents this year, 447,055 next year, and 451,000 in 2024.
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