Immigration in Canada fell by nearly two-thirds in the second quarter, and border restrictions imposed as a result of the outbreak remain in force, threatening one of the country’s main drivers of economic growth. According to the latest data from the Canadian government, only 34260 permanent residents were admitted to Canada in the second quarter, and its border was still closed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. This number is down 64% from 94275 in the same period last year. < p > < p > in the past few years, large numbers of immigrants have been a key component of the Canadian government’s efforts to increase the workforce and cope with an aging population. Immigration driven population growth, which supports its housing and labor markets, is one of the few bright spots in an economy plagued by weak exports and business investment. < / P > < p > but the travel restrictions imposed in the second half of March remained in effect throughout the second quarter. Although Canada still accepts most permanent resident applications, the epidemic has slowed down the approval process. The government of Canada has indicated that priority is being given to applications by Canadians to return to the country, as well as to those engaged in or supporting basic services. In the first half of this year, Canada accepted 103420 permanent residents. At this rate, the number of immigrants this year will not meet the government’s target set earlier this year. In March, Canada’s immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, said the goal was to admit 341000 immigrants by 2020 and 351000 more by 2021.