November 21, 2022
Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025 was released on November 1, 2022.
The plan aims to strengthen the economy by attracting the skilled workers needed in health care, skilled trades, manufacturing, and technology sectors to address the social and economic challenges Canada will face in the coming decades.
It also aims to fulfill Canada’s humanitarian commitments by reuniting families as quickly as possible and helping refugees.
Canada is one of the fastest recovering economies from COVID-19 among developed countries, but is facing serious shortages in the labor market, causing concern for Canadian businesses and workers. This Levels Plan aims for economic recovery by bringing in more immigrants.
Last year Canada welcomed over 405,000 newcomers. This is the largest number of immigrants accepted in a single year, and it will be nearly 432,000 in 2022. The government has set a goal to continue this effort, welcoming 465,000 permanent residents in 2023, 485,000 in 2024, and 500,000 in 2025.
Focusing on long-term economic growth, the program will have just over 60% of its admissions in the economic class by 2025.
Using new features in the Express Entry system to accept newcomers with the required skills and qualifications in sectors facing severe labour shortages such as, health care, manufacturing, building trades and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The target number of Federal Skilled Workers (FSW) will be 82,880 in 2023, 109,020 in 2024, and 114,000 in 2025.
Regional economic immigration programs such as the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) are increasingly important to Canada’s continued growth. Therefore, this year’s plan outlines year-to-year growth, and to ensure that each region has the skilled immigrants needed to address labor shortages and demographic challenges, the PNP targets 105,500 in 2023, 110,000 in 2024, and 117,500 in 2025.
The Family Class is the second largest permanent residence program after the Economic Class, as it also has a mission to reunite families as quickly as possible.
Canada continues to consider accepting approximately 80,000 immigrants per year under the immigration program for spouses, partners, and children, and the immigration program for parents and grandparents will be raised to 36,000 in 2025.
Over the past year, the Government of Canada has made improvements to address a number of challenges faced by those using the immigration system.
To further expedite these efforts and provide the services that users demand, the government continues to streamline and digitize the immigration system.
At any given time, Immigration Canada manages more than 1 million applications, with 1.7 million completed in 2021 overall. In terms of reducing outstanding applications, the goal is to further utilize AI to process 80% of applications within the service standards under normal circumstances.
Even though the final decision will be made by the Officer, hopefully the full use of AI and the move to online will allow completion of the review within the the service standards set by IRCC.
Canada has always been the destination of choice for those looking for a start in work, study, and life. As such, Canada continues to work toward modernizing its immigration system, further streamlining procedures, and moving toward a modern immigration system that gives immigrants hope and expectations.
Canada has announced the plans to accept more than 1.4 million immigrants over the next three years. If you are considering immigration, you may have a chance to be a part of it.
[by Kazue Maruyama, YuPass Assistant]
Yumi Ueda, LLB 【Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant】
埼玉県出身。法学部卒業。2003年カナダに移住。ブリティッシュコロンビア大学（UBC）移民法プログラム修了。カナダの様々な移民コンサルタント・弁護士事務所にて勤務。2007年より、大手法律事務所・Davis LLP(2015年よりDLA Piper LLPに統合）に勤務。2009年、カナダ政府公認移民コンサルンタントの国家試験に合格。2016年に移民コンサルタント事務所、YuPass Canada Immigration Inc.を設立。これまでに個人・企業を含め、世界28か国1,000人以上のビザ取得をサポート。Canadian Association Of Professional Immigration Consultants会員。
Originally from Saitama, Japan and immigrated to Canada in 2003. Graduated from the Immigration Practitioner program at University of British Columbia in 2005. Worked at an immigration division of Davis LLP (integrated to the world’s largest law firm DLA Piper) from 2007 to 2016. In 2009, passed the national exam of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), and became a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. Established YuPass Canada Immigration Inc. in 2016. Has experience with assisting over 1,000 customers from 28 countries. Member of Canadian Association Of Professional Immigration Consultants.