Canada has temporarily halted invites for new high-skilled immigrants via the federal component of the Express Entry system, representing a fifth of the yearly intake, as authorities struggle to deal with an increasing backlog of applications.

According to a report obtained by the National Post from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the current inventory of high-skilled applicants is at 76,000. If every single one of those applications was approved, they would see enough people arrive to satisfy Canada’s immigration objectives until 2023.

Each immigration application represents an average of 2.3 new Canadians, therefore 76,000 applications equal 174,800 immigrants.

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