Canada commits $1.6 Billion to Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025
On November 1, Canada announced plans to welcome an unprecedented 1.45 million immigrants over the next three years under Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025. The Plan targets 465,000 newcomers in 2023, 485,000 in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025.
Today Canada announced that it will spend $1.6 billion over six years and $315 million a year after that in order to meet or exceed the Plan. The fund will focus on improving application processing and settlement of new immigrants.
This is in addition to the $50 Million that the government announced in its Fall Economic Statement to immediately tackle crippling backlog in immigration applications processing.
Canada’s Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland outlined the 1.6 Billion immigration spending in a federal budget announcement.
“Today’sFall Economic Statementis focused on building an economy that works for everyone – an economy that creates good jobs and makes life more affordable for Canadians,” Freeland said.
“Even as we face global headwinds, the investments we are making today will make Canada more sustainable and more prosperous for generations to come.”
About Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan
The Immigration Levels Plan guides Canada’s immigration system. It outlines the number of immigrants Canada will look to welcome under its various federal, provincial, and territorial programs. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) then regularly adjusts operations to attract, settle, integrate, and retain the targeted levels of newcomers.
Canada sets its immigration levels plan to strengthen the economy, reunite families, and help refugees.
Canadians are now more supportive than ever of record-breaking immigration to Canada. They are also strongly supportive of Canada’s role in welcoming refugees from throughout the world. See Canadians overwhelmingly support surging immigration to Canada.
Notably, Canadians understand the importance of immigration for the economy and that Canada should accept more immigrants.
Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025 Details
|Overall Planned Permanent Resident Admissions||465,000||485,000||500,000|
|Economic||Federal High Skilled||82,880||109,020||114,000|
|Federal Economic Public Policies||25,000||–||–|
|Economic Pilots: Caregivers; Agri-Food Pilot; Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot; Economic Mobility Pathways Project||8,500||12,125||14,750|
|Atlantic Immigration Program||8,500||11,500||14,500|
|Provincial Nominee Program||105,500||110,000||117,500|
|Quebec Skilled Workers and BusinessFootnote6||See the Quebec immigration plan||To be determined||To be determined|
|Family||Spouses, Partners and Children||78,000||80,000||82,000|
|Parents and Grandparents||28,500||34,000||36,000|
|Refugees and Protected Persons||Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad||25,000||27,000||29,000|
|Resettled Refugees – Government-AssistedFootnote7||23,550||21,115||15,250|
|Resettled Refugees – Privately Sponsored||27,505||27,750||28,250|
|Resettled Refugees – Blended Visa Office-Referred||250||250||250|
|Total Refugees and Protected Persons||76,305||76,115||72,750|
|Humanitarian and Other||Total Humanitarian & Compassionate and Other||15,985||13,750||8,000|
Express Entry and PNP immigration will rise
Canada will welcome 82,880, 109,020 and 114,000 in 2023, 2024 and 2025 respectively through the Federal High Skilled stream, mainly managed by Express Entry. PNP newcomers will account for 105,000 new permanent residents in 2023, 110,000 in 2024 and 117,500 in 2025.