arrivals: The target rises annually from 310,000 this year, counting all classes of new arrivals, according to Vancouver Courier. The vast majority of these newcomers are coming under economic programs designed to address skills shortages and gaps in the labour market. The target for new arrivals in Canada will rise to 350,000, which is nearly one per cent of the country's population.article continues below Trending Stories How to get a free reusable festive red cup at Starbucks Vancouver loses to Kimberley in pot shop licence race Vancouver law firm takes on one of B.C.'s first roadside cannabis violations You can walk over the Seymour Canyon Suspension Bridge next month The figures were announced Wednesday as part of government's updated multi-year immigration levels plan, which covers the next three years. Hussen says economic immigration is badly needed in areas across the country that are short on workers and long on older residents. This plan is making us very competitive in the global market. In certain regions the hunger for workers is huge, he said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.