Canada, known for its welcoming stance towards immigrants, has just announced its Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026. On November 1, 2023, the Canadian government unveiled its Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026. This plan outlines the number of new permanent residents Canada aims to welcome over the next three years, as well as specific targets for immigration by class and Express Entry and PNP programs.
Key Highlights of the Plan
The following are some of the key highlights of the 2024-2026 Immigration Levels Plan:
Immigration Targets by Class
In 2024, Canada is poised to open its doors to approximately 281,135 immigrants in the economic class, representing 58% of the annual target. By 2026, this number is set to rise to 301,250 immigrants or 60% of the yearly goal.
The family class target in 2024 stands at 114,000 immigrants, constituting 24% of all admissions, and it will continue at 118,000 immigrants in 2026, maintaining the same 24% share.
The humanitarian admission targets will encompass 89,865 immigrants in 2024, approximately 19% of all admissions. These figures include refugees, protected individuals, and those admitted for humanitarian, compassionate, or other reasons. By 2026, the target will be 80,832 immigrants, or 16% of admissions.
Upward Trajectory: Express Entry and PNP
The Express Entry target for 2024 is set at 110,770 permanent resident admissions, and this will progressively increase to 117,500 immigrants in both 2025 and 2026.
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) target is established at 110,000 immigrants in 2024, and this number is projected to rise to 120,000 in 2025, followed by another 120,000 in 2026.
Spousal, Partner, and Children sponsorship targets 82,000 admissions in 2024, increasing to 84,000 in 2025 and 2026. Meanwhile, the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) target will be 32,000 immigrants in 2024, growing to 34,000 in 2025 and 2026.
A Vision of Stability
The Canadian government has maintained its immigration targets to ensure a harmonious balance. It acknowledges the need for economic growth while addressing pressures in areas like housing, healthcare, and infrastructure. The plan charts a responsible course for sustainable and stable population growth.
Starting in 2026, the government will stabilise permanent resident levels at 500,000, allowing ample time for successful integration while bolstering Canada’s labour market. Additionally, the government plans to recalibrate the number of temporary resident admissions in the coming year to ensure the sustainability of this aspect of the immigration system.
A Comprehensive Strategy for Canada’s Future
The Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026 arrives on the heels of a recent strategy unveiled by Canada to modernise its immigration system. Immigration Minister Marc Miller acknowledged the system’s shortcomings and introduced a new approach on October 31, titled “An Immigration System for Canada’s Future.” This strategy has three key goals:
Create a more welcoming experience for newcomers.
Align immigration with labour market needs.
Develop a comprehensive and coordinated growth plan.
IRCC aims to offer a more user-friendly experience for clients, align immigration policies with the labour market’s requirements, and create a holistic plan involving all levels of government to ensure sufficient housing, healthcare, and infrastructure for the growing newcomer population.
Quebec’s Unique Approach
Quebec, the only province in Canada with the authority to shape its annual permanent resident admissions targets, announced its plan for 2024 and 2025. Quebec has this special status to preserve its distinct francophone character, and it plans to welcome 50,000 new immigrants in 2024 and 2025.
Canada’s commitment to immigration remains steadfast, aligning with its core principles of diversity, inclusivity, and economic growth. The Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026, coupled with the new strategy for modernising the immigration system, sets the stage for a promising and sustainable future. Canada remains a beacon for those seeking opportunity and a better life.
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