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Express Entry to Record Higher Admission Targets for 2024 Over PNPs

Austin Campbell



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Canada’s immigration landscape is undergoing a remarkable transformation, and the future looks brighter than ever for prospective immigrants. In the latest announcement, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has revealed its ambitious plan to increase admission targets for 2024-2026 through Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

The Express Entry and PNP programs have long been at the forefront of Canada’s economic immigration strategy. Now, with these new targets, they are set to lead the charge towards a more inclusive and prosperous Canada. Let’s delve into the exciting details of these programs, and the impressive numbers.

Express Entry

Express Entry is Canada’s flagship immigration system, offering a swift and efficient pathway for skilled workers to become permanent residents. It encompasses three distinct programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The unique feature of Express Entry is the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which assigns scores based on factors like age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and more.

This year, Express Entry has introduced category-based draws in addition to the standard draws. Category-based draws aim to match specific skills and experience with Canada’s labor market demands. This innovative approach helps streamline the immigration process and address particular workforce needs. For 2024, Express Entry is set to welcome 110,770 skilled individuals as permanent residents.

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Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) play a pivotal role in spreading immigration benefits across Canada. The regulations empower provincial and territorial governments to choose immigrants who can effectively tackle local labor market and economic issues. This decentralized strategy guarantees that the economic, social, and cultural benefits of immigration are spread across the nation, reducing the concentration in major cities like Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal.


Last year, PNPs invited an impressive 83,500 new permanent residents to Canada. The 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan projected the PNP target to increase to 105,000 in 2023, and subsequently, to 110,000 in 2024 and 117,500 in 2025. However, the latest Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026 reveals a shift in leadership. In 2024, Express Entry is expected to be the top economic immigration pathway, while in 2025 and 2026, the PNPs will take the lead.

Express Entry and PNP Increasing Targets

Let’s take a closer look at the planned admissions under Express Entry and the PNPs for 2024-2026:

YearExpress Entry (Federal Skilled)



2026120,000  117,500

Now, let’s discuss how can you make the most recent announcement work for you. If you aspire to immigrate to Canada, there are steps you can follow to improve your prospects. The essential thing is to comprehend the changing scenario and adjust your approach accordingly.

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  • Invest time in improving your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Language proficiency, education, and work experience play significant roles.
  • Stay informed about the category-based draws introduced in Express Entry. If your skills align with the priority categories, your chances of receiving an Invitation To Apply (ITA) increase substantially.
  • Research the specific requirements and opportunities offered by different provinces and territories.

Surge in Admission Targets Reveals Canada’s Bright Immigration Ahead The future of immigration to Canada is brighter than ever. The surge in admission targets for Express Entry and PNPs signifies a new era of opportunity for skilled workers from around the world. This plan not only benefits those seeking a fresh start but also bolsters Canada’s economic growth by welcoming fresh talents. Whether you’re considering Express Entry or exploring the unique PNPs, the path to Canada has never looked more promising.

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