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Canada Announces Immigration Level Targets 2018-2020

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released their immigration level targets for the next three years! According to this new plan, Canada will accept almost one million new immigrants between now and 2020!

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In the words of Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, 300,000 is the “new normal” for Canadian immigration. 300,000 was the overall immigration target for 2016 and 2017. Now, IRCC has announced that the 2018 target will increase to 310,000 overall new immigrants to Canada. By 2019, the target will further increase to 330,000 and by 2020 it will be 340,000. All told, that’s nearly one million newcomers entering Canada between 2018 and 2020!

2018 Compared to 2017

The targets for the coming year are very similar to the ones that were set for 2017. Even more newcomers will be arriving through federal economic streams managed by the Express Entry system. IRCC is also planning to accept more provincial nominees in 2018 than they did in 2017.

Canada also plans to welcome more newcomers through family sponsorship streams in 2018. The Parents and Grandparents sponsorship program, which was restructured in 2017 to be a lottery system, doubled from 10,000 to 20,000 in 2017. In 2018, another 21,000 parents and grandparents will be able to join their families in Canada.

Immigration CategoryCategory2018 Target2017 Target
Economic
177,500172,000
75,90073,700
Federal Caregivers
17,00018,000
Federal Business
700500
55,00051,000
28,90029,300
Family
87,00084,000
66,00064,000
21,00020,000
Refugees and Protected Persons
43,00040,000
Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad
16,00015,000
Resettled Refugees
27,00025,000
  • Government-Assisted Refugees
7,5007,500
  • Blended Visa Office-Referred
1,5001,500
  • Privately Sponsored
18,00016,000
Humanitarian and Other
3,5003,500
Total
310,000300,000

Planning Ahead: Immigration Targets 2018-2020

This is the first time that IRCC has released a multi-year immigration plan. The planned targets for 2019 and 2020 will be confirmed by November 1 of each year, so they are subject to change. That said, a multi-year plan gives us a good indication of the direction that IRCC intends to head in.

Immigration Category2018 Target2019 Target2020 Target
Economic
177,500191,600195,800
74,90081,40085,800
1,0002,0004,000
  • Federal Caregivers
17,00014,0005,000
  • Federal Business
700700700
55,00061,00067,800
28,90032,50032,500
Family
86,00088,50091,000
66,00068,00070,000
21,00020,50021,000
Refugees and Protected Persons
43,00045,65048,700
  • Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad
16,00016,50017,000
  • Resettled Refugees
27,00029,15031,700
    • Government-Assisted Refugees
    7,5008,50010,000
      • Blended Visa Office-Referred
    1,5001,6501,700
      • Privately Sponsored
    18,00019,00020,000
    Humanitarian and Other
    3,5004,2504,500
    Total
    310,000330,000340,000

    While almost every category of immigration is expected to grow over the next three years, by far the biggest growth is planned for the Federal Economic and Provincial Nominee Program categories. Not coincidentally, these are the categories that are currently managed by the very successful Express Entry system.

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    The Canadim Team!
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