Canada has released its Immigration Levels Plan for 2023-2025. In the plan, the country aims to admit 465,000 newcomers in the year 2023.
Not only this, Canada has increased the number of immigrants entering the country, exponentially. The plan shows that the number of immigrants will increase to 485,000 in 2024. Moreover, Canada is about to welcome 500,000 new immigrants by the end of the year 2025.
Canada, to support its economy, already set its record by welcoming more than 405,000 immigrants in 2021. Additionally, the country is planning to invite around 432,000 by the end of this year that is 2022.
The country’s Immigration Levels Plan works as the economic booster that welcomes a large number of immigrants every year. IRCC introduces a new plan that outlines the number of individuals immigrating to Canada in the next three years. These numbers are further divided into the class of immigration and their programs.
A Rise in Express Entry and PNP targets
The majority of newcomers immigrate via economic class programs – Express Entry System and PNPs. Thus, with the rise in the targets of new immigrants, Canada is expecting a boost in Express Entry and PNP.
The targets for Express Entry will rise as follows:
- 82,880 in 2023
- 109,020 in 2024
- 114,000 in 2025
The PNP targets will also increase to:
- 105,500 in 2023
- 110,000 in 2024
- 117,500 in 2025
Higher Prospects for Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP)
Canada will be planning to welcome over 80,000 newcomers under the Spouses, Partners, and Children programs. While, the immigrant numbers for the PGP will rise to 28,500 in 2023, 34000 in 2024, followed by 36,000 in 2025.
Targets for Refugee and Humanitarian Class will drop
As of now, Canada has high-reaching targets for the Humanitarian class as it aims to invite over 40,000 refugees from Afghanistan. However, the targets seem to be declining from 16,000 to 8,000 in 2023 and 2024, respectively.
For the refugee class, the target will be more than 76,000 in each of 2023 and 2024, prior to dropping to 72,750 in 2025.
Canada’s Immigration Strategy
Canada’s ongoing immigration strategy started to take its current form in the 1980s.
- In 1984, Canada has below 90,000 immigrants.
- Moving forward in the 90s, the Canadian government increased immigration targets to 250,000 new permanent residents.
- Then, the country welcomed around 260,000 immigrants every year until the liberal government came into power in 2015.
- Later, the targets were increased to 300,000, followed by 340,000 right before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
- In 2021, Canada broke its all-time immigration record by welcoming over 405,000.
- Additionally, the country is expecting to welcome nearly 432,000 immigrants by the end of 2022.