Canada to welcome over 1.5 million new immigrants by 2025

Canada to welcome over 1.5 million new immigrants by 2025

Surya Rathee Surya Rathee
[Published 02 Nov, 2022 | 06:10 AM]
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The Canadian government has just released its Immigration Level Plan 2023-2025. The new and improved Immigration Level Plan will act as a guide for the number of immigrants Canada will seek to welcome over the next three years.

According to the plans, Canada Immigration will aim to welcome 465,000 new immigrants in 2023, 485,000 new immigrants in 2024, and 500,000 new immigrants in 2025.

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Last year in 2021, Canada broke its all-time record by welcoming over 405,000 new immigrants – and is now looking to surpass the intake numbers by admitting nearly 432,000 new immigrants this year.

The goals will include growing the economy, reuniting families, and offering asylums to refugees fleeing hardships abroad.

Express Entry and PNP targets will rise

A majority of permanent residents move to Canada through popular economic immigration programs such as Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). 

According to the new Immigration Level Plan 2023-2025, the targets for Express Entry and PNP (including principal applicants, spouses, and dependents) will rise as follows: 

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  • 82,880 in 2023
  • 109,020 in 2024
  • 114,000 in 2025

Provincial Nominee Program

  • 105,500 in 2023
  • 110,000 in 2024
  • 117,500 in 2025

Higher PGP admissions

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) also have the mandate to reunite families. Canada’s Family Class Sponsorship is the second-largest permanent resident class set out by the Immigration Level Plan 2023-2025 – right after economic class programs. Applicants are sponsored for permanent residency by a spouse, partner, children, or other family members under the Family Class Sponsorship

As per the new targets, Canada will look to welcome some 80,000 new immigrants per year under the Spouses, Partners, and Children program. 

The targets for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) will rise to 28,500 in 2023, followed by 34,000 in 2024, and 36,000 in 2025.

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Refugees and Humanitarians class targets to decline

The new Immigration Level Plan 2023-2025 has also allocated targets for Refugees and Humanitarian Class immigrants. Canada is renowned and has developed a reputation for extending asylum to displaced persons fleeing unsafe situations in their home country. 

Owing to the ongoing efforts to complete several campaigns, Canada currently has high humanitarian targets – such as welcoming some 40,000 refugees from Afghanistan. 

The overall refugee class target will be just over 76,000 new landings in each of 2023 and 2024, before dipping to 72,750 in 2025. The same is for humanitarian class targets which are declining from nearly 16,000 in 2023 to 8,000 in 2025.


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