The government of Canada is not only interested in welcoming more immigrants to the country; it is also interested in understanding how well they settle in Canada. Become A Canadian could confirm that the government has an ambitious immigration target of welcoming about 500,000 new permanent residents during 2025.
To fulfill its lofty targets, the government has set up a funded research project to gain insights into immigration into Canada during this fast-paced social, economic, and digital transformation.
The research project, the researchers, and the main focus
The Canadian government is funding a seven-year research project with a budget of about $98.6 million. The Toronto Metropolitan University is leading the project alongside researchers from other universities, such as the University of British Columbia, Concordia University, and the University of Alberta.
Become A Canadian could establish that the researchers are from across the country with four key research themes. These include employment and lifelong learning, immigrant health and well-being, place and infrastructure, and citizenship and civic participation.
According to Anna Triandafyllidou, the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU), the research project is very important for Canada’s past, present, and future in several ways.
“It will impact the economic outcomes and make Canadian society richer, more creative, and more resilient once we understand how well immigrants settle in Canada,” she said.
Anna concluded, “The research is an important study that will give us great insights on immigration and migration in a time of rapid transformation.”
"Government has an ambitious immigration target of welcoming about 500,000 new permanent residents"
The current immigration statistics in Canada today
According to Statistics Canada, Canada welcomed about 437,000 new permanent residents and 1.2 million temporary migrants, including international students, in 2022. An expert from Become A Canadian further discloses that the government also hopes to welcome 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023 as well as thousands of temporary residents.