According to data provided by the IRCC, Canada has a total backlog around 1.8 million immigration applications.

These are broken down into around 448,000 citizenship applications, 519,030 permanent residency applications and 848,598 temporary residency applications.

The backlog is due to a combination of greater influx of immigration applications, and less supply “as a direct result of the virus blocking our operations,” Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada, told The Current.

“Because our borders were closed to protect the public against the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, we made a decision as a government to pivot our strategy by resettling … more permanent residents, who were already in Canada,” he said.

“At the same time, we had an enormous number of people applying to come to Canada from overseas, which compounded the challenge for the numbers of people who were coming from abroad.”

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