March 4, 2019 – Canada welcomed more than 300,000 new permanent residents for the first time in modern history in 2018, as the federal government hit full speed with its plan to boost the Canadian population.

New figures show 321,120 new immigrants arrived across the course of the year, the most on record since 1913, when the settlement of Western Canada was being populated.

The total eclipsed the target of 310,000 new immigrants outlined in the 2018 federal government immigration levels plan.

It follows a relatively low in take for 2017, when Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada missed its levels plan target of 300,000, accepting 286,490 newcomers.

This came after a 2016 during which figures were boosting by the intake of upwards of 50,000 Syrian refugees, with the year seeing 296,265 new immigrants arrive.

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