Canada wants more than 1 million new immigrants by 2021

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A young girl holds a Canadian flag as she walks on the South Lawn before President Barack Obama greets Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for an arrival ceremony at the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – If you’ve threatened to move to Canada when things aren’t going your way, do we have good news for you.

The country has unveiled plans to admit more than 1 million new residents by 2021.

“Thanks in great part to the newcomers we have welcomed throughout our history, Canada has developed into the strong and vibrant country we all enjoy,” Ahmed Hussen, the minister of immigration, refugees, and citizenship, wrote in his annual report to Parliament on Immigration. “Immigrants and their descendants have made immeasurable contributions to Canada, and our future success depends on continuing to ensure they are welcomed and well-integrated.”

Hussen, who immigrated to Canada from Somalia in the 1990s, went on to praise the country for its welcoming stance on immigration.

“Canada is a world leader in managed migration with an immigration program based on non-discriminatory principles, where foreign nationals are assessed without regard to race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or gender,” he wrote.

Canada’s population skyrocketed over the last year and immigration accounted for about 80 percent of growth.

The country now plans to admit about 330,800 immigrants in 2019; 341,000 in 2020; and 350,000 in 2021.

“Under this plan, Canada will welcome more talented workers with the skills and expertise our economy needs, reunite more family members and accommodate more refugees looking to start new lives,” the report states.

The country, which is committed to protecting the rights of refugees, is working to tackle a major backlog in asylum claims, according to Global News. The  Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) says it would need $140 million a year, plus an additional $40 million in one-time costs, to process the claims each year. The IRCC is pledging $5.6 million to go toward global resettlement initiatives, according to CNN.

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