Canada’s Immigration Levels 2022-2024 plan targets 1.3 million new permanent residents. Each year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) releases a new Immigration Levels Plan which it uses to guide its operations.
Canada’s 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. 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.
Over the coming three years, Canada’s Immigration Levels 2022-2024 plan targets the following number of new immigrant landings:
- 2022: 431,645 permanent residents
- 2023: 447,055 permanent residents
- 2024: 451,000 permanent residents
These targets are the highest in Canada’s immigration levels planning history. Canada cites these among other highlights of the plan:
- overall admissions amounting to 1.14% of the Canadian population by 2024.
- a long-term focus on economic growth, with nearly 60% of admissions in the Economic Class
- help for vulnerable populations, like the special measures for granting permanent residence to refugee claimants working in health care during the pandemic
- support for global crises by providing a safe haven through humanitarian immigration to those facing persecution
- talent retention of those already in Canada by granting permanent status to temporary residents accepted through the time limited pathways for essential workers launched in spring 2021
- balancing Canada’s needs and its international obligations
- focusing on attracting skilled workers who will contribute to Canada’s economy and labour shortage
- recognizing the importance of family reunification, and also
- helping the world’s most vulnerable populations through refugee resettlement
See also Government of Canada’s NR at New immigration plan to fill labour market shortages and grow Canada’s economy.
Canada’s Immigration Levels 2022-2024
Why Canada’s immigration levels plan needs new immigrants
The government continues to emphasize that immigration is the cornerstone of Canada’s plan to get the economy moving again. Especially to accelerate recovery from the devastating economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Immigration has helped shape Canada into the country it is today. From farming and fishing to manufacturing, healthcare and the transportation sector, Canada relies on immigrants. We are focused on economic recovery, and immigration is the key to getting there. Setting bold new immigration targets, as outlined in the 2022-2024 Levels Plan, will further help bring the immeasurable contribution of immigrants to our communities and across all sectors of the economy.”
– The Honourable Sean Fraser, Canada Minister of Immigration, Refugees and CitizenshipNew immigration plan to fill labour market shortages and grow Canada’s economy.
Key factors for consideration in developing Canada’s immigration levels plan include:
- Canada has one of the world’s oldest populations and also one of the world’s lowest birth rates
- Canada also has a low rate of natural population growth which results in low rates of labour force and economic growth, and
- Low economic growth also makes it difficult for Canada to raise the taxes it needs to support social spending
And also, 9 million Canadians will reach the retirement age of 65 by the year 2030. This means that Canada will have that much fewer workers at a time when its social spending on them will rise.