In 2022, Canada welcomed more than 431,000 new permanent residents.  This marked the largest annual increase in Canadian Immigration history, as the Government of Canada seeks to ease the country’s labour shortages.

Canada has set a target of 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023 and plans to raise that target to 500,000 in 2025.

Immigration accounts for nearly all of Canada’s labour-force growth and about 75% of the nation’s population growth.  During the 2021 Census, nearly one in four people counted were a landed immigrant or permanent resident of Canada (or had been at one time).  Among the Group of Seven economies, Canada has the largest proportion of immigrants.

By 2036, immigrants will represent almost a third of Canada’s population.