Posted on December 28, 2021

Canada Surpasses Record Immigration Goal of 401,000 Residents

Shelly Hagan, Bloomberg, December 23, 2021

Canada has welcomed more than 401,000 permanent residents in 2021, achieving its goal set last year, and marking the highest immigration year on record.

On Thursday, the federal government announced the milestone, adding that the record immigration flows were attained despite the ongoing pandemic, which prompted the country to close its borders to foreigners for much of the year.

Because of the closed borders, Canada last year had switched immigration strategies, targeting those temporary residents already in the country, like international students and foreign workers, and converting them to permanent residency.


The method worked, with the country reaching its highest number of newcomers in one year and surpassing the prior record from 1913. {snip}