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IRCC To Release New Immigration Levels Plan for 2023–2025

Canada's tech sector is thriving and requires labor to sustain its expansion; as a result, the Canadian government provides numerous immigration options for tech workers who wish to relocate to Canada.

By November 1, 2022, Canada will have released its most recent Immigration Levels Plan for 2023-2025.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) publish an Immigration Levels Plan each year, which guides how many immigrants are allowed to enter Canada each year.

It breaks down immigration into the economic, family, and humanitarian categories over the next three years. This year will also reveal projections for 2023, 2024, and 2025.

The primary immigration law in Canada, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), requires the government to announce immigration levels by November 1st, 2022.

In 2022, over 300,000 new permanent residents have already arrived in Canada, with the majority coming through economic class programmes. The target plan for this year is to accept 241,850 immigrants, or nearly 60% of all immigrants, for the economic class in 2022. Furthermore, the plan for 2022 includes 8250 refugees and 105,000 family-class immigrants.

These targets, however, are subject to change once the new Immigration Levels Plan for 2023-2025 is released. These levels will then no longer serve as the foundation for IRCC immigration targets.

Projections for the New Goal 2023-2025

The Immigration Levels Plan usually includes new increases from the previous highest level. In 2016, for example, the total target was 250,000 immigrants. Despite the uncertainty created by the pandemic, IRCC invited over 405,000 applicants for permanent residence, breaking the record for the most permanent resident invitations ever issued.

According to IRCC data, as of August 31, 513, 923 applications for permanent residency were pending processing. Furthermore, IRCC recently announced that it was investing in updating the department's outdated technology, as well as hiring thousands of new employees to improve customer service and reduce processing times.

The overall goal for 2023 is 447,055, with a slight increase to 451,000 in 2024. However, we believe that the targets for 2023 and 2024 will be raised from the current levels. According to immigration experts, IRCC is already on track to welcome nearly 470,000 immigrants by 2022.

As a result, the revised target for 2023 could be similar to or even higher. According to Randeep Sarai, the IRCC minister will also discuss with his cabinet raising the target to accommodate Motion 44. Given this, a target of 500,000 by 2023 is not surprising.

To develop an immigration-level plan, IRCC works with numerous other government agencies and stakeholders. It seeks to achieve a balance in the number of permanent residence spots available in each class and programme.

However, some provincial immigration ministers have criticized the current plan for not allocating enough spots to Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs). Provinces have been asking for more control over immigration to meet their specific needs.

These ministers believe that PNPs are better suited to attract the skilled immigrants needed to strengthen the province's workforce and compensate for labor shortages.

As a result, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser stated that he would consult with the provinces to better understand their labour market needs. Furthermore, he claims that immigration levels could reach 500,000 new permanent residents per year, but he does not specify when this will happen.

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