Dec 24, 2021
By Jeremy Logan
The federal government has met its ambitious immigration targets for the year, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ottawa’s goal was to add 401,000 permanent residents.
Some have been temporary residents allowed to make Canada their permanent home because of pandemic-related restrictions at the border.
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser says the measures were designed specifically to address pandemic-related problems, but could be helpful after the pandemic passes.
He pointed to the “guardian angels” program as one example.
That program granted permanent residency to asylum claimants working in the health-care sector.
Fraser has been ordered to continue the approach as part of his mandate letter from the prime minister.
While bringing new immigrants to Canada is a major pillar of the government’s plan to address the country’s labour shortage, Fraser says there’s also an economic argument for keeping temporary residents.
The government plans to increase its immigration target to 411,000 next year.