Canada on track to meet ambitious 2021 immigration target.

OTTAWA -- Canada is on track to meet its goal of 401,000 new permanent residents this year after adding record numbers in June and July, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said on Friday.

Canada counted 39,500 new permanent residents in July - a number that has not yet been published officially - after 35,700 in June, both monthly records, the minister said. That brings the 2021 total so far to more than 184,000.

"We're ahead of where we expected to be at this point in the year, and we are going to continue to accelerate the pace of landing new permanent residents," Mendicino said in a telephone interview. "We are going to deliver on that goal."

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