Canada’s government has just announced its Immigration Levels Plan for 2022-2024. The government is looking forward to welcoming 432,000 new immigrants, which is an increase from the initial plan, which intended to welcome 411,000 newcomers.
The need for increased immigration is becoming critically important for Canada from an economic perspective from the pandemic. Governments across Canada face fiscal deficits due to increased spending amid the pandemic and weaker economic activity. Canada also has a labor shortage problem due to its aging population. There have been major economic changes during COVID and fewer immigrants arriving from overseas. All these have been considered in the new Immigration Levels Plan.
Immigration minister, Sean Fraser recently emphasized the plan as being the need of the hour. The Immigration Levels Plan for 2022-2024, defines an ambitious but prudent route for immigration that will help the Canadian economy recover and drive post-pandemic development, all while strengthening communities and sectors that rely on immigration across the nation.
The levels plan serves as a blueprint for Canada’s Immigration System. It specifies the number of immigrants that Canada intends to accept through its various federal, provincial, and territorial programs. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as well as the provinces and territories, then update their processes in accordance with the plan to guarantee that they can attract, settle, integrate, and retain the intended numbers of immigrants.
Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024
In the coming three years, Canada will target the following number of new immigrant landings:
56 percent of new immigrants will arrive under economic class pathways such as Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) and the Temporary to Permanent Residence (TR2PR) stream that was available in 2021.
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) will be the main intake program for economic class immigrants. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is expecting to land 83,500 newcomers via the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) in 2022.
IRCC has decreased Express Entry admissions in half for this year but hopes to return to regular Express Entry intake levels by 2024 when it expects 111,5000 Express Entry immigrants to arrive. The proposed plan appears to imply that IRCC is temporarily decreasing Express Entry applications to accommodate TR2PR applications. Under the TR2PR stream, IRCC hopes to receive 40,000 immigrants in 2022, with the remaining 32,000 arriving in 2023.
At the same time, Canada wants to uphold its international commitment to reuniting families and settling refugees. Economic resurgence through increased retention of newcomers is at the centrefold of this plan. 24 percent of admission targets in 2022 will be from family class, with 80,000 set to arrive under the Spouses, Partners, and Children Program, and 25000 set to arrive under the Parents and Grandparents Program. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has increased PGP targets by 1500 additional spots compared with its previous plan.
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