November 2, 2017- The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced plans for significant increases in the total number of permanent residents to be admitted to Canada over the next three years in the 2017 Annual Report to Parliament tabled yesterday. The report states that the 2017 target of 300,000 will gradually increase to 340,000 by 2020. The Government of Canada has historically targeted immigration levels of 1% of total population.
Many categories are targeted to increase from 2017-2020 such as the Federal Business Category (up from 500 to 700), the Provincial Nominee Program (up from 51,000 to 67,800), and in the Humanitarian and other Category (up from 3,500 to 4,500).
Other targeted increases from 2017-2020 include in the Federal High Skilled categories such as Skilled Worker Program, Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class (up from 73,700 to 85,800), and the spouses, partners and dependent children category (up from 64,000 to 70,000).
While most programs are seeing increases, there are two notable exceptions: there are intended target decreases from 2017-2020 in the Caregiver category (down from 18,000 to 5,000) and in the Government-Assisted Refugee category (down from 25,000 to 10,000).
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