Published On: November 4th, 2022 / Last Updated: October 31st, 2023 / 2.2 min read /

Canada sets target to welcome 500,000 immigrants in 2025

On November 1, 2022, Canada released its immigration levels plan 2023 – 2025. Canada intends to welcome 465,000 immigrants in the year 2023.

The 3-year projections as per the immigration levels plan is as follows:

  • 2023 – 465,000
  • 2024 – 485,000
  • 2025 – 500,000

“Last year, we welcomed the most newcomers in a single year in our history. This year’s immigration levels plan will help businesses find the workers they need, set Canada on a path that will contribute to our long-term success, and allow us to make good on key commitments to vulnerable people fleeing violence, war and persecution.”

– The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Canada also provides the classification of immigrants it intends to welcome in the coming years:

Immigration Program202320242025
Economic Class (Express Entry, PNP and Other Programs)266,210281,135301,250
Family (Spouses, Partners, Children, Parent and Grandparents)106,500114,000118,000
Refugees and Protected Persons76,30576,11572,750
Humanitarian and Other15,98513,7508,000
Total465,00485,000500,000

Highlights of the plan include:

  • a long-term focus on economic growth, with just over 60% of admissions in the economic class by 2025
  • using new features in the Express Entry system to welcome newcomers with the required skills and qualifications in sectors facing acute labour shortages such as, health care, manufacturing, building trades and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
  • increases in regional programs to address targeted local labour market needs, through the Provincial Nominee Program, the Atlantic Immigration Program, and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
  • reuniting more families faster
  • ensuring that at least 4.4% of new permanent residents outside Quebec are Francophone
  • support for global crises by providing a safe haven to those facing persecution, including by expanding the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot

The levels plan is a projection of how many permanent residents will be admitted to Canada, and it sets targets and ranges for overall admissions immigration categories. Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Minister must table the Levels Plan in Parliament each year.

Regional economic immigration programs, like the Provincial Nominee Program, are increasingly important to the sustainable growth of our country. That’s why this year’s plan outlines year-over-year growth so that we can continue to support provinces and territories in attracting the skilled newcomers they need to address the labour shortage and demographic challenges in their regions.

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