Canadian Immigration

Canadian Immigration

Canadian Immigration has a new immigration target and there is to welcome over 400,000 immigrants per year

Canada is aiming to welcome 401,000 immigrants in 2021, another 411,000 in 2022, and 421,000 in 2023 accordingly.

Canadian Immigration

Canada announced its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan. Canada will target the highest level of immigration in its history.

Over the coming three years, Canadian immigration will aim to welcome the following level of new permanent residents:

-> 2021: 401,000 immigrants
-> 2022: 411,000 immigrants
-> 2023: 421,000 immigrants

The only time Canada welcomed over 400,000 immigrants in a year was in 1913 when it admitted 401,000 newcomers. It has never come close to this figure again.

The 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan aims to welcome about 60 percent of all immigrants under economic class programs, including through Express Entry and the Provincial Nominee Program.

The Immigration Levels Plan is the most important immigration announcement made by the Government of Canada each year. It outlines the number of new permanent residents Canada aims to welcome over the coming years, and what categories Canada aims to admit them under. Canada welcomes immigrants under the following categories: economic; family; refugee; and humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Immigration plan 2021-2023 summary

Earlier this year, on March 12, the federal government announced Canada would aim to welcome over one million new permanent residents between 2020 and 2022. Days later, Canada had to shut its borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, Canada will likely fall well short of the 341,000 immigration target it set for this year, however it has been holding Express Entry draws throughout the pandemic that will result in Canada breaking its Express Entry record this year. In addition, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws remain ongoing.

To compensate for the fall of immigration this year, Canada has set the most ambitious immigration levels plan in its history.

Click here to view Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023

Why Canada is maintaining high immigration?

Canada is maintaining high levels of immigration to offset the negative economic and fiscal impacts of its aging population and low birth rate.

Canada has one of the world’s oldest populations, with nearly 18 percent of its population being age 65 and over. It also has one of the world’s lowest birth rates at 1.47 births per woman. As such, Canada will face challenges growing its economy and supporting government spending in the future. These challenges can be alleviated by welcoming more immigrants to support labor force and economic growth.

Since its founding in 1867, Canada has welcomed at least 300,000 immigrants in a year just five times. It is currently welcoming 0.9 percent of its population in immigrants, which is three times higher than the per capita newcomer intake in the United States.

At the same time, Canada has had a higher per capita intake in the past, welcoming 1 percent or more of its population in newcomers, something it regularly achieved in the decades prior to the First World War.

Canada’s immigration record was achieved in 1913 when it welcomed 401,000 immigrants which were over 5 percent of its population in newcomers. Today, a 5 percent newcomer intake would result in 2 million new immigrants arriving in Canada.

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Economic Immigration Plans

Economic Immigration Plans

Canadian Province of Quebec extends immigration targets into 2021. Check out Economic Immigration Plans in 2021

Quebec immigration targets for 2021 are more of the same as those set last year.

Quebec could welcome between 44,500 and 47,500 immigrants in 2021.

The immigration targets for 2021 is considered under the Plan d’immigration du Québec 2021, which was released on October 29. The same report coincides with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada‘s (IRCC) announcement of its multi-year plan, which will be released this week and will work as a guide for Canada’s  economic immigration plan of 2021 to 2023.

In the year 2021, It is expected that majority of new admissions to Quebec, almost 62 % are expected to come through the same province’s economic immigration programs.

The all-new Quebec immigration levels represent an increase over its 2020 targets when Quebec’s goal was to welcome between 43,000 and 44,500 immigrants. It may be because Covid-19 Pandemic has affected their 2020 immigration plans.

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According to an estimate in the plan released today, Quebec will admit a maximum of 30,500 immigrants this year, instead of the projected maximum of 44,500. The province says travel restrictions and the closure of federal offices and processing centers around the world make it difficult to meet immigration targets for 2020.

However, the province’s immigration ministry said its targets for 2021 include a rebalancing plan “with the admission of an additional 7,000 people, representing the deferment of some of the admissions that were not fulfilled in 2020 due to the health crisis.”

As a result of the health crisis, the province estimates the number of unrealized admissions in 2020 to be between 13,000 and 18,000 but plans to make up the shortfall over the next two years.

Quebec’s Admissions targets for 2021

For 2021, Quebec has set a range of between 27,500 and 29,300 new admissions for its economic immigration programs, including a maximum of 24,200 skilled workers.

The province has also set a maximum of 4,300 admissions for its business immigration programs, which include Quebec’s Entrepreneur Program and the Self-Employed Worker Program.

In addition, a maximum of 800 admissions is set for “other economic categories” such as live-in caregivers and others.

Another 10,200 new permanent residents are expected to arrive through family sponsorship, refugee, and other immigration programs.

2021 Quebec Selection Certificate targets

Under the provisions of the Canada-Quebec Accord, Quebec has the power to select all economic class immigrants and certain refugees to the province.

Those selected are awarded a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ) and can then apply to Canada’s federal government for a permanent residence visa.

Quebec’s plan calls for 26,500 to 31,200 selection certificates to be issued in 2021, slightly more than its 2020 plan, which called for a range of 20,100 to 24,700.

The majority — up to 22,400 — would go to skilled worker candidates.

The selection certificate targets are as follows:

  • Skilled workers: between 19,400 and 22,400;
  • Business immigrants: between 1,500 and 2,300;
  • Other economic immigrants: between 400 and 600;
  • Refugees selected abroad: between 4,400 and 4,700;
  • Other immigrants: between 800 and 1,200.

The targets set for 2021 include applications in process or waiting to be processed in Quebec and at the federal level. They also take into consideration the time it takes for candidates to complete all the immigration procedures.

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Express Entry BC

Express Entry BC

British Columbia has invited 354 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination program (Express Entry BC) in the latest draw.

Recently British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program invited candidates from different subcategories that include:-

  • 3 skilled worker immigration sub-categories and

  • 2 Express Entry sub-categories.

British Columbia holds its weekly Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw on October 27.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) recently issued a total of 354 invitations through the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.

Candidates were invited under the

  • Skilled Worker,
  • International Graduate,
  • Entry-Level and
  • Semi-Skilled subcategories.

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The minimum criteria or required score for successful candidates are mentioned below:

  • Skills Immigration: Skilled Worker: 93 points
  • Skills Immigration: International Graduate: 94 points
  • Skills Immigration Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled: 75 points
  • Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker: 92 points:
  • Express Entry BC: International Graduate: 93 points

British Columbia holds draws through its various PNP categories and streams weekly.

The largest BC PNP draw of the year was on September 29 when 450 provincial nomination invitations were issued.

To apply for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories candidates must first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Applicants are evaluated and issued a score based on factors such as level of education, work experience, proficiency in English, and location of employment.

If an applicant is approved, they can then use their provincial nomination to apply for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia will be given an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

Such individuals are effectively guaranteed an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a future federal Express Entry draw.

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