Canada announced Immigration level targets 2018-2020
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 Category||Category||2018 Target||2017 Target|
|Federal Economic, includes:
Federal Skilled Worker Program
Federal Skilled Trades Program
Canadian Experience Class
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
|Provincial Nominee Program||55,000||51,000|
|Quebec Skilled Workers and Business||28,900||29,300|
|Spouses, Partners, and Children||66,000||64,000|
|Parents and Grandparents||21,000||20,000|
|Refugees and Protected Persons||43,000||40,0000|
|Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad||16,000||15,000|
|Blended Visa Office-Referred||1,500||1,500|
|Humanitarian and Other||3,500||3,500|
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.