A year ago, Donald Trump, the president of the United States of America, said he didn't want the US accepting immigrants from Haiti or countries in Africa or similar "s-hole countries".
For Canada to add one million immigrants over the next three years, the nation would need to welcome approximately 350,000 - roughly 1 percent of its current population - in each of 2019, 2020 and 2021.
At least 286,000 new immigrants were welcomed during the year 2017, according to the officials. That's almost one percent of the country's population each year.
Hussen further explained the new additions will neutralise the aging population and dwindling birth rate and at the same time offer boost its labour force.
"Thanks in great part to the newcomers we have welcomed throughout our history, Canada has developed into the strong and vibrant country we all enjoy", said Ahmed.
Canada's friendly stance towards new residents comes as many other Western nations, including the United States, are adopting more restrictive immigration policies. "Canada receives a lot of refugees every year".
The UN Refugee Agency reported unprecedented levels of refugees in 2017, with the number of forcibly displaced people reaching 68.5 million.
IRCC has pledged $5.6 million to support global resettlement initiatives.