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Canada welcomes over 430,000 new permanent residents in 2022

In the past year, Canada welcomed the largest number of new permanent residents in the country’s history, with over 431,645 new permanent residents having been accepted. This exceeds the previous record set in 2021, when Canada welcomed just over 401,000 new permanent residents. To build on this success, the federal government has continued to set ambitious immigration targets for the next 3 years, with 465,000 new permanent residents anticipated for 2023, a figure that is set to increase to 500,000 by 2025. The majority of these permanent residents are expected to be accepted through economic and family class pathways.

IRCC was also able to process a total of 5.2 million applications for permanent residence, temporary residence (including work permits and study permits), and citizenship in 2022, double the number of applications that were processed in 2021. These increases to IRCC’s processing capacity have been driven by the adoption of new technologies to process applications, streamlined procedures, and increasing use of online application platforms. As immigration accounts for roughly 75 percent of Canada’s population growth, the government’s commitment to increasing both immigration application processing capacity and immigration targets is expected to be a key factor in building a strong economy over the coming years, especially as many industries such as health care and technology continue to experience severe labour market shortages for positions that commonly attract skilled immigrants.