In 2024, Canada is set to accept 485,000 new immigrants. In the following year, 2023, it intends to increase the intake to 500,000 immigrants by 2025. Mark Miller, who serves as the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, announced the immigration plans for the years 2024 to 2026. He revealed that immigration levels will be maintained at a maximum of 500,000 starting in 2026.
Considering India is Canada’s largest source of immigration and students, Indians will benefit the most from these levels since they will be the beneficiaries of 281,135 new economic arrivals and 114,000 new family arrivals. In the previous year, a total of more than 118,000 individuals from India became Canadian permanent residents (PR), constituting 25% of the entire 437,120 newcomers welcomed into Canada. The updated immigration goals are expected to result in an annual population increase in Canada of 1.3 percent.
The Justin Trudeau-led government is sticking to high immigration levels despite opinion polls opposing the plan because of the housing crunch.
“Canada will continue to welcome newcomers and ensure they are supported in their new lives,” Miller added.
“We recognise that housing, infrastructure planning, and sustainable population growth need to be properly taken into account”. Through this plan, we are striking the appropriate balance to grow Canada’s economy,” the Minister added.
Last year, Canada welcomed more than 46,500 refugees from over 80 countries. In 2024, it will welcome 76,115 new refugees.
Over 5.2 million applications from around the world for permanent residence, temporary residence and citizenship were processed last year.
The rise of Express Entry and PNP targets
A total of 110,700 permanent residents will be admitted through Express Entry in 2024, and this number will increase to 117,500 immigrants in 2025 and 2026. A total of 110,000 immigrants will be admitted through the Provincial Nominee Program in 2024, 120,000 in 2025, and another 120,000 in 2026.
For bringing in spouses, Canada plans to welcome 82,000 people in 2024. The number will go up to 84,000 for both 2025 and 2026. As for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP), it aims to bring in 32,000 immigrants in 2024 and then increase that number to 34,000 in both 2025 and 2026.
Canada’s new strategy to improve immigration system
Canada’s Immigration Plan for 2024-2026 was shared a day after the country introduced a new plan to improve its immigration rules. On October 31, the Immigration Minister, Marc Miller, introduced the main ideas of a new strategy to update the immigration system and recognize the problems in the current one.
The new strategy, entitled An Immigration System for Canada’s Future, has three major goals:
- Create a more welcoming experience for newcomers
- Align immigration with labour market needs
- Develop a comprehensive and coordinated growth plan