On November 2, 2017- In its 2017 Annual immigration report, the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced new plans for significant increases in the total number of permanent residents to be admitted to Canada over the next three years. The report suggests that the 2017 target of 300,000/year will gradually increase to 340,000/year by 2020. The Government of Canada has historically targeted immigration levels of 1% of total population. This may increase due a number of factors including an ageing population and the need for skilled workers to contribute to the Canadian economy.
Multiple immigration categories are targeted for increase including the Federal Business Category, the Provincial Nominee Program, and in the Humanitarian and other Category.
Other immigration categories targeted for increase include in the Federal High Skilled categories such as Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class program (up from 73,700 to 85,800), as well as the spouses, partners and dependent children category (up from 64,000 to 70,000).
Most programs are seeing some expansion with a couple of notable exceptions namely, there are target decreases in the Caregiver category scheduled for 2017-2020 (down from 18,000 to 5,000) as well as in the Government-Assisted Refugee category (down from 25,000 to 10,000).