Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Canada aims to accept more immigrants in next three years

 October 30, 2020 Ottawa

2020 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)  is pleased to release details on the Government of Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023. 

Canada aims to welcome 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021, 411,000 in 2022, and 421,000 in 2023.


Includes the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Includes the Start-up Visa Program and the Self-employed Persons Program.

Includes admissions in the Home Child-Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot, which replaced the Caring for Children Class and the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Class (which replaced the Live-in Caregiver Program). Applications received under the legacy pilots and through the interim pathway will be processed to completion. Some admissions in this category are destined for Quebec.

While the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is still an economic pilot, IRCC intends to make it a permanent program. Admissions in 2017-2019 are counted under Economic Pilots.

Under the Canada–Quebec Accord, Quebec has full responsibility for the selection of immigrants destined to Quebec, with the exception of the family class and protected persons. For more information, consult Quebec’s 2021 levels plan (available in French only).

Includes admissions under the Economic Mobility Pathways Project, a new approach that helps qualified refugees apply for permanent residence through existing economic programs.

This includes the new stream for up to 250 human rights advocates, journalists, and humanitarian workers at risk, beginning in 2021.

Includes admissions of persons selected on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, for reasons of public policy, and in the permit holder class.

Notional targets and ranges for 2022 and 2023 will be confirmed or adjusted by November 1 of each year.

The Government of Canada set an objective to increase Francophone immigration to reach a target of 4.4% French-speaking immigrants outside Quebec by 2023. This range indicates how many admissions within the federal levels plan would be necessary to meet that target in 2023, based on the overall ranges for admissions outside of Quebec. Once Quebec tables its 2023 levels plan, this range may require updating.

Government Notice page

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