After welcoming 405,000+ new permanent residents in 2021 — the highest in a single year in the country’s history – Canada has set even higher immigration targets for the next three years. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser outlined the Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024 today. He announced that Canada aims to welcome 431,645 permanent residents in 2022, 447,055 in 2023, and 451,000 in 2024.
“We are focused on economic recovery, and immigration is the key to getting there. Setting bold new immigration targets, as outlined in the 2022-2024 Levels Plan, will further help bring the immeasurable contribution of immigrants to our communities and across all sectors of the economy,” said Fraser.
According to the announcement by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), immigration already accounts for almost 100% of labour force growth. With five million Canadians set to retire by the end of this decade, the worker to retiree ratio will drop down to 3:1, highlighting Canada’s strong economic need for increased immigration. It further called attention to how throughout the pandemic, immigrants have been on the front lines, working in key sectors like health care, transportation, and manufacturing.
To ensure Canada has the workers it needs to support a strong economy into the future, we plan to welcome:
➡️ 431,645 permanent residents (PRs) in 2022
➡️ 447,055 PRs in 2023
➡️ 451,000 PRs in 2024 (about 1% of the Canadian population)
— IRCC (@CitImmCanada) February 14, 2022
Highlights of the Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024 include:
- Overall admissions amounting to 1.14% of the Canadian population by 2024.
- A long-term focus on economic growth, with nearly 60% of admissions in the Economic Class.
- Help for vulnerable populations, like the special measures for granting permanent residence to refugee claimants working in health care during the pandemic.
- Support for global crises by providing a safe haven through humanitarian immigration to those facing persecution.
- Talent retention of those already in Canada by granting permanent status to temporary residents accepted through the time-limited pathways for essential workers launched in spring 2021.
IRCC elaborates on how the Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024 will also help increase the attraction and retention of newcomers in regions with acute economic, labour, and demographic challenges. And, it will increase Francophone immigration outside Quebec, while supporting the successful integration of French-speaking newcomers and strengthening Francophone communities across the country. “As part of our Francophone Immigration Strategy, we’re working to reach a target of 4.4% of French-speaking immigrants outside Quebec by 2023,” read a statement.
Immigration updates from earlier this year
This January, IRCC announced measures to modernize Canada’s immigration system to fuel economic recovery and improve client experience.
Earlier in February, Canada launched an online permanent residence application tracker for people sponsoring or being sponsored as a spouse, partner, or dependent child.
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