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Feds say increased immigration targets key for economic recovery, but critics wary of ambitious plan’s feasibility

By Mike Lapointe       

The government recently released a target of 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021 as part of Canada’s economic recovery following a year that saw dramatically reduced numbers of newcomers in the midst of the pandemic.

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino pictured speaking with reporters during a press conference on Nov. 12, 2020. The federal government has an ambitious goal of bringing in more than 400,000 newcomers in 2021 to Canada as part of its economic recovery plan. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The government plans to welcome more than 400,000 newcomers to the country next year, but Conservative MP Raquel Dancho is warning that backlogs in Canada’s immigration system could be a problem.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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