The Canadian government has announced the latest Immigration Levels Plan on November 1, 2022. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been releasing annual Immigration Levels Plan guiding immigrants and potential immigrants in their process to coming to Canada each year. It gives the breakdown of immigrants from economic class, family class and humanitarian class programs over the next three years. This year it will show projections for 2023, 2024 and 2025. The announcement has been made on Nov 1, 2022 as per the requirement of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA),which sets out the Immigration level plans.
Canada has been targeting to bring 431,645 new permanent residents total through all immigration classes in 2022. This target steadily increases into 2024 for a total of 451,000 new permanent residents.
Till now Canada has welcomed over 300,000 new permanent residents. The majority of them are from economic class programs. Canada targeted 241,850 economic class immigrants in 2022 , approximately 60% of the total number of immigrants. The 2022 plan also targets 105,000 family class immigrants and 8,250 from the refugee and humanitarian class.
Each year Canada has kept increasing the number of immigrants its granting permanent residency. It has reached the highest levels ever. In 2021, despite the pandemic IRCC has broken the record by granting 405,000 permanent residents, the largest number of permanent residents ever granted.
The Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has previously announced that he would be consulting with the different provinces to better understand their labour market needs following criticisms from some provincial immigration ministers have regarding the current plan for not allocating enough spots to Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs). which they believe would address better the province needs for their labour shortage.
Hence this new announcement may bring more hopes and light to many prospective immigrants and even to those who are already waiting in the list to realize their dreams and to form part of this great cosmopolitan nation which is Canada.