IRCC introduced the 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan
On November 1, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released details on the Government of Canada’s 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan.
According to the new plan, the Government plans to accept 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023. In addition, Canada will welcome 485,000 newcomers in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025. In 2021, Canada set a new record by accepting over 405,000 immigrants in one year.
This number is predicted to rise close to 432,000 this year. The proposed strategy would bring in more immigrants to help businesses with staffing shortages, as well as to attract individuals with the skills required for specific industries such as health care, skilled trades, manufacturing, and technology to address the potential challenges Canada may face economically and socially in the coming years.
Highlights of the levels plan include:
- A long-term focus on economic growth, with just over 60% of admissions in the economic class by 2025.
- using new features in the Express Entry system to welcome newcomers with the necessary skills and qualifications in sectors facing severe labor shortages, like healthcare, manufacturing, building trades, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
- increasing regional initiatives to meet specific regional labor market needs, such as the Provincial Nominee Program, the Atlantic Immigration Program, and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot,
- speeding up the process of reuniting families,
- ensuring that at least 4.4% of new permanent residents outside of Quebec are Francophones,
- and supporting international crises by offering refuge to those being persecuted, such as by expanding the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot.
Increasing regional initiatives to meet specific regional labor market needs, such as the Provincial Nominee Program, the Atlantic Immigration Program, and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, speeding up the process of reuniting families, ensuring that at least 4.4% of new permanent residents outside of Quebec are Francophones, and supporting international crises by offering refuge to those being persecuted, such as by expanding the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot.
This strategy builds on existing efforts to improve our immigration system and disperse the advantages of immigration to communities across the nation, particularly fostering the vitality of Francophone places outside of Quebec. It places a special priority on regional immigration.
Regional economic immigration initiatives like the Provincial Nominee Program are becoming more important for the long-term development of our nation. So that we may continue to assist provinces and territories in bringing the qualified newcomers they require to meet the labor shortage and demographic constraints in their regions, this year’s strategy includes a year-over-year increase.
Together with IRCC, a number of other government partners and ministries develop a plan for balanced immigration levels. Several provincial immigration ministers have criticized the current immigration plan for not ensuring that enough space is made out for Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Additionally, their arguments are better suited to the introduction of talented immigrants to Canada in order to fill jobs and strengthen the country’s labor force. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser intends to speak with provinces to better understand their requirements in the labor market.
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