New Canada Immigration Level Plan for 2023-2025

Canada is all set to welcome 1.5 million new immigrants by 2025.

The new & improved Canada Immigration Level Plan for 2023-2025 will act as a guide for the number of immigrants - to be welcomed over the coming three years.

According to the plan announced on November 1, Canada will aim to invite –

  • 465,000 new immigrants in 2023.
  • 485,000 new immigrants in 2024.
  • 500,000 new immigrants in 2025.

“Did you know? Canada broke an all-time immigration record by welcoming over 432,000 immigrants in 2022.”

The trend of issuing “more ITAs'' with “low CRS” is a clear indication of Canada’s drastic efforts to meet the labor shortage crisis. With the help of its Immigration Level Plan for 2023-2025, Canada will seek to grow the economy, reunite families, and offer asylum to refugees fleeing hardships in their home country.

Canada Immigration Level Plan 2023-2025

Economic Immigration

A majority of the new immigrants targeted will be admitted through economic class programs such as Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Canada will seek to welcome 305,820 new immigrants under the Express Entry and 332,500 new immigrants under the Provincial Nominee Program by 2025. The total number of immigrants to be welcomed under the economic class by 2025 is 848,595.

Family Class Sponsorship

Canada will also aim to reunite families of immigrants in the country under its renowned Family Class Sponsorship – the second-largest program set out by the Immigration Level Plan 2023-2025. Canada will seek to welcome some 240,000 new immigrants under the Spouse, Partners, and Children program by 2025. Furthermore, the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) will target 98,500 new immigrants by 2025.

Refugees and Protected Persons

Canada is renowned and has developed a reputation for extending asylum to displaced persons fleeing unsafe situations in their home country. The overall refugee class target allotted in the plan is 224,750 new immigrants by 2025.

Humanitarian and Compassionate

Due to the ongoing efforts to complete its campaigns, Canada will seek to welcome 37,735 new immigrants by 2025.

The targets under this Immigration Level Plan are as follows:

Immigrant Category 2023 2024 2025
Target Low Range High Range Target Low Range High Range Target Low Range High Range
Overall Planned Permanent Resident Admissions 465,000 410,000 505,000 485,000 430,000 542,500 500,000 442,500 550,000
Economic Federal High Skilled 82,880 67,750 88,000 109,020 89,500 115,750 114,000 93,500 121,000
Federal Economic Public Policies 25,000 19,500 32,750 - - - - - -
Federal Business 3,500 2,350 4,000 5,000 3,500 7,000 6,000 4,000 8,000
Economic Pilots: Caregivers; Agri-Food Pilot; Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot; Economic Mobility Pathways Project 8,500 4,650 10,800 12,125 6,750 16,125 14,750 9,000 19,750
Atlantic Immigration Program 8,500 3,000 8,800 11,500 6,000 12,500 14,500 8,500 16,500
Provincial Nominee Program 105,500 91,000 110,000 110,000 105,500 120,000 117,500 112,000 129,250
Quebec Skilled Workers and Business See the Quebec immigration plan To be determined To be determined
Total Economic 266,210 233,000 277,250 281,135 250,000 305,000 301,250 265,000 326,000
Family Spouses, Partners and Children 78,000 72,000 84,000 80,000 75,000 86,000 82,000 77,000 88,000
Parents and Grandparents 28,500 25,000 38,000 34,000 29,000 45,000 36,000 30,750 48,000
Total Family 106,500 100,000 118,000 114,000 105,000 130,000 118,000 107,000 135,000
Refugees and Protected Persons Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad 25,000 22,000 35,000 27,000 24,000 38,000 29,000 26,000 35,000
Resettled Refugees - Government-Assisted 23,550 18,500 30,000 21,115 16,750 26,000 15,250 12,000 17,000
Resettled Refugees - Privately Sponsored 27,505 20,000 29,000 27,750 22,000 29,500 28,250 23,000 30,000
Resettled Refugees - Blended Visa Office-Referred 250 - 400 250 - 400 250 - 400
Total Refugees and Protected Persons 76,305 66,000 93,000 76,115 66,000 93,000 72,750 64,000 80,000
Humanitarian & Compassionate and Other Total Humanitarian & Compassionate and Other 15,985 11,000 16,750 13,750 9,000 14,500 8,000 6,500 9,000
French‑speaking immigration admissions necessary to meet 2023 objective in Francophone Immigration Strategy (PDF, 582 KB) 15,862 19,910  

 

2021 - 2023 Canada Immigration Levels Plan

Immigration Category Category 2021 2022 2023
    Target Low Range High Range Target Low Range High Range Target Low Range High Range
  Overall Planned Permanent Resident Admissions 401,000 300,000 410,000 411,000 320,000 420,000 421,000 330,000 430,000
Economic Federal High Skilled 108,500 81,000 110,250 110,500 96,250 112,900 113,750 100,000 114,500
Federal Business 1,000 400 1,250 1,000 250 1,250 1,000 500 1,250
Economic Pilots: CaregiversAgri-Food Pilot; Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot 8,500 4,900 9,250 10,000 4,500 10,500 10,250 4,500 11,000
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program 6,000 3,300 6,250 6,250 3,000 6,750 6,500 3,500 6,750
Provincial Nominee Program 80,800 64,000 81,500 81,500 63,600 82,500 83,000 65,000 84,000
Quebec Skilled Workers and Business See the Quebec immigration plan To be determined To be determined
Total Economic 232,500 180,500 237,000 241,500 199,000 247,000 249,500 207,000 253,500
Family Spouses, Partners and Children 80,000 61,000 81,000 80,000 60,000 81,000 81,000 60,000 82,000
Parents and Grandparents 23,500 15,000 24,000 23,500 14,000 24,000 23,500 14,000 24,000
Total Family 103,500 76,000 105,000 103,500 74,000 105,000 104,500 74,000 106,000
Refugees and Protected Persons Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad 23,500 17,000 25,000 24,500 19,000 25,000 25,000 19,500 25,500
  Resettled Refugees - Government-Assisted 12,500 7,500 13,000 12,500 7,500 13,000 12,500 8,400 13,000
  Resettled Refugees - Privately Sponsored 22,500 14,900 23,000 22,500 15,400 23,000 22,500 15,500 23,000
  Resettled Refugees - Blended Visa Office-Referred 1,000 100 1,000 1,000 100 1,000 1,000 100 1,000
  Total Refugees and Protected Persons 59,500 39,500 62,000 60,500 42,000 62,000 61,000 43,500 62,500
Humanitarian and Other Total Humanitarian & Compassionate and Other 5,500 4,000 6,000 5,500 5,000 6,000 6,000 5,500 8,000

 

Canada’s Immigration Strategy | Key Takeaways

Canada’s 10 provinces and their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) will admit the highest number of new immigrants over the coming three years. The government is increasing the intakes under its regional immigration programs, like the PNP, because of the pivotal role they play in the growth of the country.

This is quite the opposite of what we’ve witnessed in previous years. Normally, Canada’s renowned Federal High Skilled (FHS) category, which includes programs managed under the Express Entry – brings in the highest number of new immigrants. In the previous 2022 immigration plan, Canada welcomed 83,500 new permanent residents through the PNP – and only 55,900 through Express Entry. This was the first time since the inception of Express Entry back in 2015 that Canada has called for more immigrants under PNPs than Express Entry.

 

Canada is renowned for offering one of the best “Family Reunification” programs in the world and will continue to show a strong commitment to families of immigrants with this new plan. A high number of immigrants under the Family Class Sponsorship are also expected to benefit under the new Immigration Level Plan 2023-2025.

Besides the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), other Regional Immigration programs will also become of increasing importance. Canada has long been discussing ways to attract more immigrants to the country’s rural communities. The Atlantic Immigration Program and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot are two programs that are designed to support this initiative.

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser indicated that in 2023, Express Entry will begin to conduct targeted draws to attract new immigrants to regions in need.

Considering the drastic labor shortage crisis along with over 1 million job vacancies - Canada is currently in a unique period. With the new Immigration Level Plan 2023-2025, Canada is expecting to break a new record in 2023. If it succeeds, this will be the third year in a row – that Canada surpasses its 1913 record of welcoming 400,000 new permanent residents in a single year.

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