As per the changes announced in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s 2017 report to Parliament, Canada is increasing its immigration targets for 2019 and 2020 along with extending its multi-year immigration levels plan through 2021.
Increasing targets and extending the plan by another year enable Canada to welcome more than 1.3 million new permanent residents through the country’s different economic, family and refugee and humanitarian immigration categories between 2018 and 2021.
The extended plan aims to increase admissions targets each year. The targets for 2019 and 2020, which were originally set at 330,000 and 340,000, respectively, have now been increased to 330,800 and 341,000. While a target have been set to welcome 350,000 newcomers in 2021.
Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, states that “Under this plan, Canada will welcome more talented workers with the skills and expertise our economy needs, reunite more family members and accommodate more refugees looking to start new lives,”.
Hussen further asserts that this emphasis on economic immigration addresses the “new challenges” that Canada is facing today, including an aging population and a declining birth rate.
- Imperative roles for Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Programs
The economic immigration programs direct by the federal Express Entry economic system and Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) will keep playing pivotal roles under the revised plan, which increases the potential number of invitations through each program in 2019.
Out of 1.3 million new admissions that Canada is planning for by the end of 2021, nearly a quarter, i.e. 331,000 — are estimated to come through the three economic immigration classes managed by Express Entry.
On the other side, PNPs have a joint target of 255,100 new invites over that period, accounting for around 19 per cent of the total 1.3 million admissions over the four years. Looked at year-over-year, PNP increase overall admission target from nearly 18 per cent for 2018 to 20.2 per cent for 2021.
Canada’s extended immigration levels are great news for people looking for opportunities to settle in Canada. Under a scenario where the world is closing its doors to immigrants, this plan clearly demonstrates that Canada remains a welcoming beacon of hope.