More than 1.2 million new immigrants for the next three years are to be accepted into Canada.
Marco Mendicino, who is the country’s Immigration Minister, made the disclosure to journalists in Ottawa.
The government in its explanation stated that Canada wants to fill gaps in its labour market and boost the economy.
The sectors were seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The country will accept 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021, 411,000 in 2022 and 421,000 in 2023.
The Immigration Minister admitted that his country needs more workers, adding that, “immigration is the way to get there”.
“Before the pandemic, our government’s goal to drive the economy forward through immigration was ambitious. Now it’s simply vital,” he said.
Ottawa, the capital of Canada, has projected 232,500 newcomers from the economic class of immigrants in 2021.
The plan is to receive 103,500 family members of people already in Canada, 59,500 refugees and other protected persons.
At least, 5,500 people will be accepted on humanitarian grounds.
Robert Falconer, immigration and refugee policy researcher at the University of Calgary School of Public Policy, has reacted to the target.
“Canada announced new immigration targets today for 2021-2023. If they hit them, it will be the highest years on record since 1911”, he tweeted.