Canada welcomed more Immigrants in 2021 than it has ever before in its history

By Shazia Nazir / Local Journalism Initiative
Canada has welcomed 401,000 permanent residents in 2021.  The historic high was announced by Immigration Minister Sean Fraser Thursday.  The previous high was recorded in 1913.
“This is a historic moment for our country, as we welcome the highest number of newcomers in one year in our history”  Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said. The target was set as part of the Immigration plan for 2021-2023 tabled in October, 2020.
The achievement is significant in the wake of the challenges caused by the pandemic.   In 2020, the country admitted 184,500 permanent residents. “Canada is built on immigration, and we will continue to welcome the immigrants that Canada needs to succeed. I can’t wait to see the incredible contributions that our 401,000 new neighbours make in communities across the country,” Fraser added.  Immigrants own one in 3 businesses, and account for 1 in 4 health care workers. 75% of Canada’s growth comes from Immigration.
“This is very good for our country. We welcome the highest number of newcomers in a century, said Ratan Kumar, a Milton resident. Kumar is looking forward to expanding his business with two new employees who immigrated to Canada under the skilled category.