Canada Immigration Levels Plan For 2023 to 2025 To Be Announced Today

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Canada’s federal government will lay out its 2023 to 2025 Immigration Levels Plan today.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says the plan will outline “ways to address critical labour market shortages, with a focus on regional immigration”.

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser is making the announcement at 11 am Eastern time at the Finishing Trades Institute in North York, Ontario.

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He will be joined by two important stakeholders in skilled trades industries: Sean Strickland, Executive Director of Canada’s Building Trades Union (CBTU) and Robert Kucheran, General Vice President (Canada) of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) and Chairman of CBTU’s Canadian Executive Board.

The presence of the skilled trades bigwigs suggests more room for skilled trades immigrants under the latest three-year immigration plan, although that remains to be seen.

This will be Fraser’s second Immigration Levels Plan as immigration minister, the first coming in February and covering the years 2022 to 2024.

The plan will include projected numbers for four main categories of immigrants, the Economic Class, Family Class, Refugees and Humanitarian and Others.

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Under the current plan, Canada plans to welcome 431,645 newcomers this year, 447,055 next year and 451,000 in 2024. 

Fraser’s new announcement could see changes to the overall levels or changes to the distribution of newcomers within those levels.

One of the main changes expected between now and 2024, aside from the over-immigration increase, is the increase in numbers in the Federal High Skilled category, normally managed through Express Entry.

The one-off TR to PR Pathway (included in the plan under Federal Economic Public Policies), announced during Covid-19, is expected to finish welcoming its new immigrants by 2024.

This allows room for the Federal High Skilled category to double in size, from the reduced 55,900 newcomers this year up to 111,500 in 2024. This means significantly larger Express Entry draws can be expected.

Canada’s 2022 to 2024 Immigration Levels Plan

2022 2023 2024
Overall Planned Permanent Resident Admissions 431,645 447,055 451,000
Economic Federal High Skilled 55,900 75,750 111,500
Federal Economic Public Policies 40,000 32,000
Federal Business 1,000 1,000 1,500
Economic Pilots: Caregivers; Agri-Food Pilot; Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot; Economic Mobility Pathways Project 10,250 11,250 12,750
Atlantic Immigration Program 6,250 6,500 6,500
Provincial Nominee Program 83,500 86,000 93,000
Quebec Skilled Workers and Business See the Quebec immigration plan To be determined To be determined
Total Economic 241,850 253,000 267,750
Family Spouses, Partners and Children 80,000 81,000 81,000
Parents and Grandparents 25,000 28,500 32,000
Total Family 105,000 109,500 113,000
Refugees and Protected Persons Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad 24,500 25,000 25,500
Resettled Refugees – Government-Assisted 19,790 17,260 13,000
Resettled Refugees – Privately Sponsored 31,255 30,795 23,000
Resettled Refugees – Blended Visa Office-Referred 1,000 1,000 1,000
Total Refugees and Protected Persons 76,545 74,055 62,500
Humanitarian and Other Total Humanitarian & Compassionate and OtherFootnote9 8,250 10,500 7,750
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