The government has released an “historic and responsible” three-year Canada Immigration Plan for 2018-2020, with a target to welcome 980,000 new permanent residents to the country. The plan was published on November 1, 2017.
The majority of new permanent residents will settle as economic immigrants, with 242,100 expected to arrive through programs managed under the Express Entry system. With processing times of six months or less, Express Entry has proven to be successful in bringing tens of thousands of workers to Canada, as well as helping foreign workers and graduates in Canada transition to permanent resident status.
The federal government will also continue to work with the provinces in settling up to 183,800 new permanent residents through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) from 2018 to 2020.
Canada will also welcome up to 265,500 spouses, common-law partners, dependent children, parents, and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents under its Family Class programs. Finally, Canada will continue to uphold its tradition of being a safe haven for those in need by settling up to 137,350 refugees, as well as up to 12,250 for humanitarian and other reasons.
In total, the government aims to welcome 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018, followed by 330,000 in 2019, and 340,000 in 2020.
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The three-year commitment is a departure from previous immigration plans, which typically set out targets for 12 month periods. The government says the longer plan will help stakeholders, including provincial governments and employers, to plan ahead.
Announcing the new plan, Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the targets were the most ambitious in recent Canadian history.
“Newcomers play a vital role in our society. Immigration, in partnership with our welcoming society, has truly shaped the country that we all call home,” Minister Hussen said.
“This ambitious plan will benefit all Canadians, because immigrants contribute to economic growth and keep our country competitive in a global economy.”
Minster Hussen added that immigration is needed to support Canada’s seniors, with five million people set to retire by 2035, and projections showing that fewer working people will be available to support them.