Canada has made immigration a governmental priority in recent years to increase the admissions of immigrants to Canada to help curb the increasing labor demands and Canada’s aging population.
In 2021, Canada broke a historical record by welcoming over 405,000 new permanent residents. It is no surprise that immigration to Canada under the skilled categories, under the Express Entry program accounted for the largest part. Currently, Canada is well underway to meeting the 2022 immigration levels of 431,645 new permanent residents. By 2023, the target will increase to 465,000 new permanent residents, while it will reach 485,000 in 2024, further rising to 500,000 new permanent residents in 2025. Over 1,450,000 new permanent residents will be welcomed to Canada by 2025.
Increasing targets for Express Entry and Provincial Nominees
Canada plans to attract new immigrants as per the breakdown of the expected immigration categories below.
|2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan|
|Overall Planned Permanent Resident Admissions||465,000||485,000||500,000|
|Economic||Federal High Skilled||82,880||109,020||114,000|
|Federal Economic Public Policies||25,000||–||–|
|Economic Pilots: Caregivers; Agri-Food Pilot; Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot; Economic Mobility Pathways Project||8,500||12,125||14,750|
|Atlantic Immigration Program||8,500||11,500||14,500|
|Provincial Nominee Program||105,500||110,000||117,500|
|Quebec Skilled Workers and Business||See Quebec’s immigration plan||To be determined||To be determined|
|Family||Spouses, Partners and Children||78,000||80,000||82,000|
|Parents and Grandparents||28,500||34,000||36,000|
|Refugees and Protected Persons||Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad||25,000||27,000||29,000|
|Resettled Refugees – Government-Assisted||23,550||21,115||15,250|
|Resettled Refugees – Privately Sponsored||27,505||27,750||28,250|
|Resettled Refugees – Blended Visa Office-Referred||250||250||250|
|Total Refugees and Protected Persons||76,305||76,115||72,750|
|Humanitarian & Compassionate and Other||Total Humanitarian & Compassionate and Other||15,985||13,750||8,000|
Canadian Economic Immigration Levels – 2017 to 2021
Canada has opened its doors to those who want to study in Canada or also work in Canada. Still, Canada’s ever-growing demand for new skills, business and support for the economy has pushed Canada to bring more permanent residents to Canada using immigration to Canada under the skilled categories.
The table below shows the increasing number of invitations to apply for immigration to Canada under the skilled categories. You can notice that in 2021, Canada increased the admission of economic immigrants by 146,549!
With the new immigration level measures, Canada plans to increase the targets for economic immigration to Canada under the skilled categories. By 2025, Canada will welcome up to 114,000 new immigrants under Express Entry and 117,500 for Provincial Nomination.
Federal Business Program increased targets.
Those who wish to immigrate to Canada with a start-up business will be happy to see that Canada will increase its targets over the next few years. There will be more opportunities for entrepreneurs to immigrate with the Canadian startup visa program.
In 2023, Canada will welcome 3,500 new businesses, 5,000 in 2024 and 6,000 new Canadian startup visa program applications in 2025.
Why you should consider immigrating to Canada
Canada offers one of the greatest qualities of life worldwide with free education and healthcare. But that’s not all. There are many other reasons you should start a life in Canada, whether by working in Canada, studying in Canada or immigrating to Canada under the skilled categories.
- Canada has a low crime rate, strong gun control policies and safe communities from coast to coast;
- Canada’s economy is one of the strongest G7 economies in the world with a strong banking system; ideal for those who wish to immigrate to Canada with a start-up business;
- Canada is experiencing an unprecedented labor shortage. There are currently many opportunities to work in Canada.
- Lower tuition fees for post-secondary studies in Canada compared to other comparable G7 countries.
- Access to apply for Canadian Citizenship after settling down in Canada.
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