Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026 Released | Breaking News

Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026 Released | Breaking News

Surya Rathee Surya Rathee
[Published 02 Nov, 2023 | 04:32 AM]
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Canada has just released its Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026. 

Under the new plan, Canada will look to welcome over 485,000 new immigrants each year - the highest-ever invited in its history.

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.

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Highlights of Immigration Targets by Class

Between 2024 and 2026, IRCC aims to welcome around 1.5 million new immigrants to Canada.

  • 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%).
  • 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%).
  • 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%).

The following table summarizes Canada's immigration targets between 2024 and 2026:

Immigration Class
2024 2025 2026
Economic 281,135 301,250 301,250
Family 114,000 118,000 118,000
Refugee 76,115 72,750 72,750
Humanitarian 13,750 8,000 8,000

Check detailed targets here: Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026

Express Entry and PNP Targets to Rise

With the 2024-2026 immigration levels plan, Canada aims to strengthen the economy, reunite families, and help refugees. A majority of permanent residents move to Canada through popular economic-class immigration programs such as the Canada Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). According to the new Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026, the admission targets will rise as follows:

Express Entry Program

  • 110,700 admissions in 2024
  • 117,000 admissions in 2025
  • 117,000 admissions in 2026

Provincial Nominee Programs

  • 110,000 admissions in 2024
  • 120,000 admissions in 2025
  • 120,000 admissions in 2026

Spousal, Partner, and Children Sponsorship

  • 82,000 admissions in 2024
  • 84,000 admissions in 2025
  • 84,000 admissions in 2026

Parents and Grandparents Program

  • 32,000 admissions in 2024
  • 34,000 admissions in 2025
  • 34,000 admissions in 2026

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Canada Looking To Stabilize Immigration Levels

Addressing the recently launched plan, 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’s New Strategy to Improve Immigration System

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

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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