With a severe labor deficit, Canada has drastically increased the number of immigrants entering the country. The nation stated its intention to accept 465,000 new immigrants in 2023 in its Immigration Levels Plan 2023–2025.

By 2025, Canada will welcome 5 lakh foreigners, an all-time high.

In the following years, Canada will raise its immigration goal to 500,000 new immigrants in 2025 and 485,000 new immigrants in 2024.

In addition to a labor deficit, Canada is currently experiencing a rare time of roughly one million open positions. These are the two leading causes of the nation’s increasing immigration goals.

Canada has one of the lowest birth rates in the world, with 1.4 children per woman, which has a significant impact on labor shortages. One of the oldest populations in the world resides there.

By 2030, nine million individuals, or over one-fourth of Canada’s population, will be of retirement age.

Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, praised the immigration strategy. “This strategy defines how we are going to increase our targets in the years ahead, and it cements our status among the top talent destinations in the world,” Trudeau wrote in a post on LinkedIn.

Trudeau continued, “Immigration helps solve workforce demands, helps businesses locate the personnel they need, and helps drive economic growth.”

The nation welcomed over 405,000 immigrants in 2021 alone, breaking its previous immigration record, and is anticipating accepting almost 432,000 immigrants this year.

Canada now anticipates an increase in Express Entry and Provincial Nomination Programs due to the present increase in the aim of immigrants’ entry (PNPs).

The bulk of new permanent residents enters the country via PNPs or economic class programs like those found in the Express Entry system.

According to CIC News, the number of principal candidates, spouses, and dependents who land under Express Entry will increase in the following ways:

In 2023, 82,880;

In 2024, 109,020; and

In 2025, 114,000

Additionally, the PNP will rise to

105,500 in 2023.

110,000 in 2024

117,500 in 2025

Higher Admission to the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP)

The Immigration Levels Plan’s second-largest permanent resident class after the economic class programs is family class sponsorship. In accordance with this scheme, applicants are sponsored by a spouse, partner, child, or other family members for permanent residency.

According to reports, the Spouses, Partners, and Children immigration programs in Canada will annually accept 80,000 new immigrants. The Parents and Grandparents Program’s target population will increase to 28,500 in 2023, 34,000 in 2024, and 36,000 in 2025.

Canada’s immigration policy

In the 1980s, Canada’s current immigration policy started to take shape. Received fewer than 90,000 Canada immigrants in 1984. The Conservative-led Canadian government recognized the approaching labor shortfall in the 1990s and upped immigration targets to 250,000 new permanent immigrants in just eight years.

Up to the current Liberal administration assumed office in 2015, Canada annually admitted about 260,000 immigrants. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic’s beginning in 2020, the targets were raised to 300,000 and then 340,000.

By accepting more than 405,000 immigrants, Canada surpassed its all-time immigration record in 2017. And Canada anticipates receiving approximately 432,000 immigrants by the end of 2022.

Canada Express Entry score

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score for the most recent Express Entry draw in Canada fell below 500 for the first time since December 2020. This time, 4,750 applicants with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 496 received invitations. The CRS has fallen below 500 for the first time since the draws commenced. On December 23, 2020, a score of 468 was recorded, which was the previous time the score was this low.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be able to grant more ITAs for Canadian permanent residents by decreasing the CRS score.