On March 31, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser, announced that IRCC surpassed its goal to make 147,000 permanent residence final decisions in the first quarter of 2022—doubling the number of final decisions in the same period in 2021.
Through these efforts, Canada has welcomed over 108,000 new permanent residents so far this year. In addition, Canada has exceeded its citizenship goals for 2021–2022, with over 210,000 new Canadian citizens.
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Modernizing and Improving Immigration Services in Canada
IRCC is modernizing and improving its service for immigrant candidates and permanent residents by
- Offering online testing
- Holding virtual citizenship ceremonies
- Creating online application tracker
- Moving more applications from paper to online
- Hiring new processing staff
- Digitizing applications
- Reallocating work among IRCC offices around the world; and
- Updating online processing times tool
In the first quarter of 2022, IRCC approved the most permanent residents over the same period of past years. The figure below shows the number of admitted permanent residents by quarter from quarter 1 of 2019 to quarter 1 of 2022.
The new announcement indicates that in 2022, Canada will welcome the most immigrants in history. The IRCC 2021 annual report gives the 2022–2024 Immigration Levels Plan as below:
2022 2023 2024
|Projected admissions – Targets||431,645||447,055||451,000|
|Projected admissions – Ranges||Low||High||Low||High||Low||High|
persons, humanitarian and compassionate and other
Compared to the PR admission target of 401,000 for 2021, IRCC increased its target numbers by around 7.6%.
With the increased processing capacity, high target, as well as the fading influence of Covid-19, we will see the most immigrants in history coming to Canada in 2022.
Table 2 provides the numbers of Admitted Permanent Residents in 2021 by Destination and Immigration Category. We can see that nearly half of Permanent Residents chose Ontario as their residing destination, and over 60% of immigrants received their permanent status through economic programs. Family members of Canadian permanent residents and citizens occupy only 20% of people who become permanent residents in 2022.
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Permanent Residents Admitted in Canada for 2021
Table 2: Permanent Residents Admitted in 2021 by Destination and Immigration Category*
Economic – Skilled
Immigration Programs (AIP)
Northern Immigration (RNIP)
Economic – Caregiver
Economic – Business
Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway
|Economic – Total||1,320||2,405||7,600||4,495||26,845||118,935||12,820||8,235||20,350||49,335||510||210||0||0||253,060|
Extended Family Member
Parent or Grandparent
Spouse or Partner
|Sponsored Family – Total||180||130||730||415||13,870||36,610||2,335||1,655||10,925||14,285||75||75||0||0||81,285|
Person in Canada
|Resettled Refugee & Protected Person in Canada|
|All Other Immigration – Total||40||10||70||15||2,240||7,185||180||40||765||665||5||0||40||410||11,665|
*Data source: IRCC open data at Open Government.
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Kasia was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of British Columbia. She went on to obtain her Juris Doctorate with Honours from Bond University in Australia.