Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Immigration Minister has stated that the multi-year immigration levels plan from the federal government is right on track and $440 million will be put in to make sure it is successful.
Speaking before the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, Mr. Hussen updated the Canada’s 2018 immigration levels plan.
Last November, the one year immigration levels planning from Canada was put aside in favour of the three-year plan spanning 2018 to 2020. As per the latest plan, immigration levels will be increased gradually over time. In 2018, a total of 310,000 people will be admitted, which will be increased to 340,000 by 2020.
Hussen stated that new multi-year targets from Canada represents highest percentage of immigrants added in more than 40 years and the highest admissions in more than 100 years.
The economic immigration programs from Canada will form the sixty per cent of this number. This highlights the vital role that will be played by federal Express Entry system and the Provincial Nominee Program or PNPs.
The number of skilled immigrants that will be selected through the Express Entry system will increase over time. This means more highly skilled talent will be picked up for the labor market, said Hussen.
The three economic immigration programs namely the Federal Skilled Trades Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class and the Canadian Experience Class, from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has set up the target to bring in 242,100 new immigrants from 2018 to 2020.
moving on to PNPs, all the provinces and territories of Canada have the authority to nominate a set number of immigrants to become permanent resident. According to Hussen, these programs will play a vital role in the fulfillment of the target set by the multi-year level plan.
When an Express Entry candidate is able to receive a provincial nomination, he or she is given an additional 600 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System. This strongly increases the chances of the candidates to be invited to apply for Canada permanent residency.
Hussen is of the view that Provincial economies have performed considerably well in meeting out the demands of their province for skilled labor and workers.