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Great news! Canada has just announced its Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026. The good news is that the immigration levels will remain the same as the current targets. In 2024, Canada aims to welcome 485,000 new immigrants, and this number will increase to 500,000 in both 2025 and 2026.

These targets are actually the same as the ones announced in the Immigration Levels Plan for 2023-2025. However, the new information released today provides updates on the specific levels of immigrants to be admitted under each class and program from 2024 to 2026.

Economic Immigration Program Targets 2024-2026

Let’s break down the immigration targets by class. In 2024, about 281,135 immigrants (approximately 58% of the annual target) will fall under the economic class. By 2026, this number will rise to 301,250 immigrants (60% of the annual target).

Category202420252026
TargetLow RangeHigh RangeTargetLow RangeHigh RangeTargetLow RangeHigh Range
Federal High Skilled110,77090,000116,000117,50096,500124,000117,50096,500124,000
Public Policies-03,000------
Federal Business5,0003,5007,0006,0004,0008,0006,0004,0008,000
Economic Pilots
Caregivers; Agri-Food Pilot; Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot; Economic Mobility Pathways Project10,8756,50014,50014,7509,00019,75013,7509,00019,750
Atlantic Immigration Program6,5004,0009,0008,5005,00013,0008,5005,00013,000
Provincial Nominee Program110,000105,500117,000120,000113,000130,000120,000113,000130,000
Quebec Skilled Workers and BusinessTo be determinedTo be determinedTo be determined

Now, let’s talk about the Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) targets. In 2024, the Express Entry target is set at 110,700 permanent resident admissions, which will increase to 117,500 immigrants in both 2025 and 2026. The PNP target will be 110,000 immigrants in 2024, rising to 120,000 in 2025 and 2026.

Family Sponsorship Targets 2024-2026

The family class target for 2024 is 114,000 immigrants, which accounts for 24% of all admissions. This number will also increase to 118,000 immigrants by 2026, still representing 24% of all admissions.

When it comes to spousal, partner, and children sponsorship, the target for 2024 is 82,000 admissions. This number will then increase to 84,000 immigrants in both 2025 and 2026. Additionally, the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) has a target of 32,000 immigrants in 2024, followed by 34,000 immigrants in both 2025 and 2026.

Category202420252026
TargetLow RangeHigh RangeTargetLow RangeHigh RangeTargetLow RangeHigh Range
Spouses, Partners and Children82,00077,00088,00084,00079,00090,00084,00079,00090,000
Parents and Grandparents32,00027,00036,00034,00029,00042,00034,00029,00042,000
Total Family114,000105,000130,000118,000107,000135,000118,000107,000135,000
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H&C, Refugees and Protected Persons Targets

As for humanitarian admissions, the target for 2024 will be 89,865 immigrants, accounting for approximately 19% of all admissions. This includes refugees, protected persons, and those admitted for humanitarian, compassionate, or other reasons. By 2026, the target will be 80,832 immigrants, or 16% of admissions.

Category202420252026
TargetLow RangeHigh RangeTargetLow RangeHigh RangeTargetLow RangeHigh Range
Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad27,00024,00038,00029,00026,00040,00029,00026,00040,000
Resettled Refugees – Government Assisted21,11516,75026,00015,25012,00017,00015,25012,00017,000
Resettled Refugees – Privately Sponsored27,75020,00031,00028,25023,00032,00028,25023,00032,000
Resettled Refugees – Blended Visa Office-Referred250-400250-400250-400
Total Refugees and Protected Persons76,11566,00093,00072,75064,00080,00072,75064,00080,000
Total Humanitarian & Compassionate and Other13,7509,00017,5008,0006,50012,0008,0006,50012,000

Why No Change in Immigration Targets?

The Canadian government’s decision to maintain unchanged targets is based on the aim to balance economic growth with pressures in housing, healthcare, and infrastructure. The government wants to ensure responsible and sustainable population growth.

Starting in 2026, permanent resident levels will be stabilized at 500,000 to allow for successful integration while continuing to support Canada’s labour market. The government also plans to recalibrate the number of temporary resident admissions to ensure the sustainability of the immigration system.

It is worth noting that under the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act (IRPA), the Canadian government must release its annual immigration plan by November 1 in non-election years.

New Improved Immigration System

Canada is taking steps to improve its immigration system with a new strategy called the Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026. After acknowledging the flaws in the current system, Immigration Minister Marc Miller outlined the pillars of a modernized approach in a strategy titled “An Immigration System for Canada’s Future.”

This strategy has three main goals: creating a more welcoming experience for newcomers, aligning immigration with labour market needs, and developing a comprehensive growth plan. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to provide a more pleasant and user-friendly experience for its clients.

They also want to align immigration policies with Canada’s skills and labour strategy. Additionally, the IRCC aims to coordinate a plan among all levels of government to ensure there is adequate housing, healthcare, and infrastructure for the growing newcomer population.

Since 2015, under the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, immigration targets were raised to 300,000 and later to 340,000 before the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the pandemic, Canada broke its record for permanent resident admissions in 2021, welcoming 405,000 new immigrants.

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