Canada and the rest of the world endured a year like no other in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and immigration was severely impacted.

Travel restrictions and the closure of the Canada-U.S. border meant newcomers were reduced to a trickle from March, with numbers of new permanent residents way below federal government projections.

Exemptions allowed in work permit holders, some new permanent residents and certain international students, but for three months at the start of the pandemic, the immigration system essentially stood still.

Numbers recovered to 15,000 new permanent residents a month by October, still well below the more than 30,000 newcomers a month being welcomed during the same period of 2020.

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