Canada welcomes record-breaking number of immigrants in 2022, surpassing the 2021 record

On January 3, 2023, the Government of Canada announced that the country welcomed a record number of immigrants in 2022.

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The government says the country allowed in 431,645 immigrants in 2022, surpassing the record hit in 2021.

The government says that “This represents the largest number of people ever welcomed in a year, in Canadian history” and says they “plan to continue to welcome historic numbers of newcomers,”.

“As the Government of Canada focuses on addressing the acute labour market shortages we are facing today and building a strong economy into the future, one thing remains certain: immigration is a key part of the solution.”

“Roughly 75% of Canada’s population growth comes from immigration, mostly in the economic category.”

Adding that “By 2036, immigrants will represent up to 30% of Canada’s population, compared with 20.7% in 2011.”

The government also says that “Immigration accounts for almost 100% of Canada’s labour force growth.”

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizen Sean Fraser said:

“Today marks an important milestone for Canada, setting a new record for newcomers welcomed in a single year. It is a testament to the strength and resilience of our country and its people. Newcomers play an essential role in filling labour shortages, bringing new perspectives and talents to our communities, and enriching our society as a whole. I am excited to see what the future holds and look forward to another historic year in 2023 as we continue to welcome newcomers.”

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