Thursday, February 9, 2023

Canada to register highest number of immigrants in its entire history in 2022

With the arrival of 431,645 permanent residents in 2022, Canada will break a new record for receiving immigrants, surpassing the 2021 figure when 405,000 settled in this part of the world. Newcomers accounted for all of the increase in the labor force and 75% of the total population growth recorded in the previous year.

A calculation by the federal government estimates that by 2036, immigrants will represent 30% of residents., five percentage points above the figure recorded in the 2021 census, when one in four people surveyed They claimed to be born outside the country, marking the highest proportion in the country’s entire history and among G7 nations.

A quarter of the immigrants received last year came from India, while China and the Philippines contributed about 11% of new arrivals, while 25% of new residents settled in and around Toronto. Montreal and Vancouver were the other two large cities that attracted the most foreigners.

“New residents play an essential role in bridging labor shortages, bringing fresh perspectives and talents to our communities, and enriching our society as a whole. I look forward to another historic year in 2023 as we look forward to more We continue to welcome people,” said Sean Fraser, Canada’s minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship.

The weight of non-natives is increasing in the country’s economy and productivity. Immigrants represent 33% of businessmen and 41% of engineers. The arrival of more people from abroad seems to be the only way to increase the replacement rate in the labor market, since fifty years ago there were seven workers for every retiree, it is expected that by 2035 this ratio will be only two to one, therefore, both labor force How people coming from abroad contribute to the health and pension systems will depend to a large extent.

This large influx of professionals into Canada will also be key to solving one of the biggest challenges facing the country, and that relates to guaranteeing universal access to health. In Ontario and Quebec alone, the main province, an estimated 2.6 million people do not have access to a family doctor, while more than 1.7 million people nearing retirement age are cared for by doctors. Currently, 36% of those practicing medicine in Canada are immigrants.

But while migration has positive effects, there is some fear about its impact on the cost of living, especially in the mortgage sector. To prevent the arrival of swallow investors, that is, those who have no plans to settle in the country, as of January 1, a ban has been placed on the purchase of homes for people who are not Canadians or permanent residents. Today, about 6% of this type of property in Ontario and British Columbia is held by people with permanent status in Canada.

“Houses are not commodities. We will continue to make every effort to ensure that all residents of this country have housing that is affordable and meets their needs,” said Housing Minister Ahmed Hussain.

The last time Canada welcomed new arrivals in such large numbers was in 1913, just before World War I. The government’s new target is to attract 465,000 new permanent residents this year, 485,000 in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025.

To achieve those goals, the executive pledged an additional $38 million to address the ongoing application backlog, speed up processing, and allow skilled immigrants to fill labor gaps. In 2022, more than 5.2 million applications for permanent residency, temporary residency and citizenship were processed. Double the amount assessed in 2021.

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