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As of August 22, 2022, Canada welcomed more than 300,000 permanent residents, surpassing the record earlier than in any previous year. Over 217,000 new Canadians were granted Canadian citizenship in 2021–2022, which is more than the country’s targets. So far, this fiscal year (from April 1 to July 31), Canada has welcomed over 116,000 new citizens, compared to 35,000 during the same period last year. On April 1, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) started offering virtual citizenship ceremonies and by July 31, 2022, close to 394,000 people had taken the Oath of Citizenship in nearly 15,000 events using a digital platform.