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Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025

Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025 to land 1.45 Million immigrants

Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025

Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced today that the country will welcome an unprecedented 1.45 million immigrants over the next three years. Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025 is a direct strategy to land more immigrants to to help curb chronic labour shortage all over tyhe country.

The Plan targets 465,000 newcomers in 2023, 485,000 in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025.

Canada broke its all-time immigration record by welcoming over 405,000 immigrants in 2021 and is looking to welcome over 430,000 immigrants in 2022.

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.

A new Environics Institute survey reveals that Canadians are now more supportive 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 Admissions465,000485,000500,000
EconomicFederal High Skilled82,880109,020114,000
Federal Economic Public Policies25,000
Federal Business3,5005,0006,000
Economic Pilots: Caregivers; Agri-Food Pilot; Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot; Economic Mobility Pathways Project8,50012,12514,750
Atlantic Immigration Program8,50011,50014,500
Provincial Nominee Program105,500110,000117,500
Quebec Skilled Workers and BusinessFootnote6See the Quebec immigration planTo be determinedTo be determined
Total Economic266,210281,135301,250
FamilySpouses, Partners and Children78,00080,00082,000
Parents and Grandparents28,50034,00036,000
Total Family106,500114,000118,000
Refugees and Protected PersonsProtected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad25,00027,00029,000
Resettled Refugees – Government-AssistedFootnote723,55021,11515,250
Resettled Refugees – Privately Sponsored27,50527,75028,250
Resettled Refugees – Blended Visa Office-Referred250250250
Total Refugees and Protected Persons76,30576,11572,750
Humanitarian and OtherTotal Humanitarian & Compassionate and Other15,98513,7508,000

Express Entry and PNP newcomers will rise

As the above table shows, a surge is expected in new permanent residents through economic class programs such as those within the Express Entry system and Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs).

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.

What is Canada Express Entry System?

Canada uses the Express Entry immigration pool draws system to manage permanent residence (PR) applications. It is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada.

In order to enter the federal Express Entry immigration pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry pool draws profile on IRCC website.

As well, you must meet the eligibility requirements for one of three economic programs. These are: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.

Typically, IRCC conducts Express Entry immigration pool draws approximately every two weeks.

A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry immigration pool. However, you get additional CRS score points if you have a Canadian job offer at hand.

In each draw, IRCC issues candidates from the Express Entry immigration pool an Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian PR. Importantly, only a limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool get ITAs.

You can check latest Express Entry draws here at Canada Express Entry draws – Latest Report.

After IRCC approves your application and you complete the landing process, you will officially become a Canadian permanent resident.

How the Express Entry system works

Express Entry candidates are ranked by IRCC using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). A total of 1,200 points are available under CRS. Out of that, 600 points are automatically awarded if you apply for and get a nomination under any of Canada’s Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs (PNPs).

A candidate’s CRS score is based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

Only a limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool get Invitations to Apply (ITAs).

Express Entry Application Quick Steps

How Provincial Immigrant Nominee Programs help your PR application

Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status. However, they can nominate you for PR.

Under Canada’s Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs (PNPs), provinces and territories nominate individuals for Canada PR who want to settle in their province. Each provincial program has its own unique selection criteria.

Of the total 1,200 points available under Express Entry, you immediately get 600 points if you are nominated by a province.

The 600 CRS points from a PNP nomination virtually guarantee that you will receive an invitation to apply for PR in an Express Entry draw.

For example:

Jen has a bachelor’s degree. She has been working in the retail industry for five years. She has never worked or studied in Canada. She has the necessary Canada English or French language proficiency. Her Express Entry CRS score is 315. However, she recently obtained a provincial nomination through a PNP. As a result IRCC awards her additional 600 points. Consequently, her total CRS score jumps to 915 points! This is well above the minimum CRS score that Jen needs to get an invitation in an Express Entry draw.

How to improve your Express Entry CRS score

An Express Entry candidate typically needs a CRS score of 470-490 points in a regular draw.

To emphasize, to get to these higher scores you need to maximize your points on all available factors.

We advise that you continue to improve your Express Entry CRS scoring. See for example Tips for Improving Express Entry CRS Scores.

See also Canada immigration document checklist – what you need to immigrate to Canada.