New Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026

Canada is all set to welcome 1.5 million new immigrants by 2026.

The new & improved Canada Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026 will act as a guide, for the number of immigrants to be welcomed over the coming three years.

Under the new plans announced on November 1, 2023, Canada will look to welcome over 485,000 new immigrants each year - the highest-ever invited in its history. According to the plan, Canada will aim to invite -

  • 485,000 new immigrants in 2024
  • 500,000 new immigrants in 2025
  • 500,000 new immigrants in 2026

Each year, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) releases a new Immigration Levels Plan which it uses to guide its operations. The targets in the 2024-2025 plan remain unchanged from the targets mentioned under the previous Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025. 

The new information released by IRCC is for the 2026 target, as well as updates to the number of immigrants that will be admitted under each class and program between 2024 and 2026.

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

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Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026

Economic Immigration

281,135 immigrants, 58% of the annual target, will be targeted under the Economic Class in 2024. By 2026, this will rise to 301,250 immigrants, 60% of the annual target.

Family Class Immigration

114,000 immigrants, 24% of the annual target, will be targeted under the Family Class in 2024. By 2026, this will also rise to 118,000 immigrants, 24% of the annual target.

Refugee and Humanitarian Class Immigration

89,865 immigrants, 19% of the annual target, will be targeted under the Refugee and Humanitarian Class in 2024. By 2026, this will rise to 80,832 immigrants, 16% of the annual target. 

The targets under the new Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026 are as follows:

Immigrant Category 2024 20252026
Target Low Range High Range Target Low Range High Range Target Low Range High Range
Overall Planned Permanent Resident Admissions485,000430,000532,500500,000442,500550,000500,000442,500550,000
Overall French-speaking Permanent Resident Admissions outside Quebec26,100--31,500--36,000--
EconomicFederal High Skilled110,77090,000116,000117,50096,500124,000117,50096,500124,000
Federal Economic Public Policies-03,000------
Federal Business5,0003,5007,0006,0004,0008,0006,0004,0008,000
Economic Pilots
10,8756,50014,50014,7509,00019,75013,7509,00019,750
Atlantic Immigration Program 6,5004,0009,0008,5005,00013,0008,5005,00013,000
Provincial Nominee Program110,000105,500117,000120,000113,000130,000120,000113,000130,000
Quebec Skilled Workers and BusinessTo be determinedTo be determinedTo be determined
Total Economic281,135250,000305,000301,250265,000326,000301,250265,000326,000
FamilySpouses, Partners and Children82,00077,00088,00084,00079,00090,00084,00079,00090,000
Parents and Grandparents32,00027,00036,00034,00029,00042,00034,00029,00042,000
Total Family 114,000105,000130,000118,000107,000135,000118,000107,000135,000
Refugees and Protected PersonsProtected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad27,00024,00038,00029,00026,00040,00029,00026,00040,000
Resettled Refugees – Government Assisted21,11516,75026,00015,25012,00017,00015,25012,00017,000
Resettled Refugees – Privately Sponsored27,75020,00031,00028,25023,00032,00028,25023,00032,000
Resettled Refugees – Blended Visa Office-Referred250-400250-400250-400
Total Refugees and Protected Persons 76,11566,00093,00072,75064,00080,00072,75064,00080,000
Humanitarian & CompassionateTotal Humanitarian & Compassionate and Other13,7509,00017,5008,0006,50012,0008,0006,50012,000


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 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 15,862 19,910  
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 New Strategy to Improve Immigration System

Canada Looking To Stabilize Immigration Levels

On October 31, 2023, Canada Immigration Minister Marc Miller acknowledged certain shortcomings in Canada’s immigration system. A 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

Addressing the recently launched plans, IRCC explains, "This plan is tailored to support economic growth while balancing with the pressures in areas like housing, healthcare, and infrastructure. It charts a responsible course for sustainable and stable population growth. Starting in 2026, the government will stabilize permanent resident levels at 500,000, allowing time for successful integration, while continuing to augment Canada’s labour market. The government also plans to take action over the next year to recalibrate the number of temporary resident admissions to ensure this aspect of our immigration system also remains sustainable."

The new & improved Canada Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026 will act as a guide for the number of immigrants - to be welcomed over the coming three years. 

Canada has been historically welcoming a high number of immigrants to help “support & sustain” its economy. As of now, Canada is currently facing drastic labor shortages - alongside nearly 1 million job vacancies. Both are the driving factors behind the higher immigration targets. 

With the upcoming record-breaking immigration targets and the back-to-back invitation rounds being conducted in 2023, now is the best time to immigrate to Canada.

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