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More than One Million: Canada releases increased immigration targets for 2019-2021

Exactly one year after announcing a historic three-year plan for immigration, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated their immigration levels plan to welcome more than 1 million new immigrants between 2019 and 2021. This marks the highest immigration targets in Canadian history and is great news for skilled workers seeking new opportunities in Canada!

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More than One Million

IRCC’s new Immigration Levels Plan for 2019-2021 replaces the three-year plan introduced in last year. The new 2019-2021 plan pushes Canada’s immigration targets to the highest level in Canadian history. In the plan, the government commits to increasing the yearly admissions to 350,000 by 2021, an increase in 50,000 from the previous two years!

2018 Compared to 2019

Canada’s immigration targets will increase annually over the next three years, with 2021 marking the highest number of new immigrants with an impressive target of 350,000. The new plan emphasizes economic migration, with workers making up over half of the total new targets. To fill these economic targets, even more spots have been added each year for newcomers immigrating through Express Entry, as well as Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

The target goals for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) have doubled between 2018 and 2019, and promise to double again in 2020. As well, Canada has increased its target for family sponsorship for both spouses/partners and children, and for parents are grandparents.

Immigration CategoryCategory2018 Target2019 Target
Economic
177,500191,600
75,90083,400
Federal Caregivers
17,00014,000
Federal Business
700700
55,00061,000
28,900To Be Determined
Family
87,00088,500
66,00068,000
20,00020,500
Refugees and Protected Persons
43,00046,450
Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad
16,00016,500
Resettled Refugees
27,00029,950
  • Government-Assisted Refugees
7,5009,300
  • Blended Visa Office-Referred
1,5001,650
  • Privately Sponsored
18,00019,000
Humanitarian and Other
3,5004,250
Total
310,000330,800

Looking Forward to the Next Three Years

With the promise of a review on the plans targets every November 1st, we are able to get a better sense of the IRCC’s long term goals with immigration. The renewal of the original three year plan, with higher immigration targets across the board for 2019, reflects the success of Canada’s recent immigration goals. Particularly, the new plan is aiming to strengthen the Canadian middle-class through economic growth, and welcoming new skilled workers to the country’s industries. As seen below, the economic immigration pathways, led by Express Entry, will continue to grow in size in the next three years.

Immigration Category2019 Target2020 Target2021 Target
Economic
191,600195,800202,300
81,40085,80088,800
2,0004,000To Be Determined
  • Federal Caregivers
14,0005,000To Be Determined
  • Federal Business
700700700
61,00067,80071,300
To Be Determined
Family
88,50091,00091,000
68,00070,00070,000
20,50021,50021,000
Refugees and Protected Persons
46,45049,70051,700
  • Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad
16,50018,00020,000
  • Resettled Refugees
29,95031,70031,700
    • Government-Assisted Refugees
    9,30010,70010,700
      • Blended Visa Office-Referred
    1,6501,0001,000
      • Privately Sponsored
    19,00020,00020,000
    Humanitarian and Other
    4,2504,5005,000
    Total
    330,800341,000350,000

    The IRCC is planning for more than one million new immigrants to be welcomed to Canada by 2021. While almost every immigration category is expected to accept more people in the next three years, the majority of immigration growth is in the Federal Economic and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), both of which fall under the Express Entry system. Those seeking new opportunities in Canada should be sure to keep an eye on Express Entry and PNPs as they continue to grow in the coming years!

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