Immigration minister announces plans for additional In-Canada Immigration Draws

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In-Canada Immigration Draws

On March 21, 2024, Immigration Minister Marc Miller announced plans to increase “In-Canada Immigration Draws” for temporary residents in Canada seeking permanent residency. These draws refer to selection rounds, such as Express Entry programs, where candidates are selected based on criteria like their Comprehensive Ranking System scores, professional experience, or French language skills. 

The announcement aims to relieve pressure on critical sectors like housing and healthcare by targeting candidates already residing in Canada. This change may result in more opportunities for temporary residents to secure PR, which is believed to improve immigration outcomes. The move is also a strategy to meet immigration targets without adding new economic entrants, alleviating pressure on key support sectors.

“As part of our efforts for temporary residents to transition to permanent residency, we will have more domestic draws for us (the federal government) and ask provinces and territories taking part in the Provincial Nominee Program to do the same with their allocations,” Miller said.

This isn’t an unprecedented move in Canada’s immigration system, which has formerly favored candidates who are already in the country. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its largest Express Entry draw in history, issuing 27,332 ITAs to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates with a CRS score of 75.

The CEC is one of the Express Entry-managed programs and serves as Canada’s dedicated federal pathway for immigration candidates who have already established themselves in the country’s labor market and culture. Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) target individuals who are trying to settle into Canadian life and are mainly run by provincial and territorial governments.

In conclusion, Immigration Minister Marc Miller’s announcement regarding the enhancement of domestic draws for temporary residents seeking permanent residency in Canada signifies a proactive step towards addressing pressing challenges in immigration management. By prioritizing individuals already contributing to the Canadian economy, the initiative aims to foster sustainable growth while alleviating strain on essential services. As Canada continues to evolve its immigration policies, this strategic approach underscores the government’s commitment to ensuring a prosperous and inclusive society for all residents.

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