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Canada aims to welcome 485,000 new immigrants in 2024

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marc Miller, has unveiled the 2024-2026 Canada Immigration Levels Plan. This strategic plan is designed to foster economic growth while addressing challenges in housing, healthcare, and infrastructure. The initiative maintains a target of 485,000 new permanent residents in 2024, representing 1.2% of the current population, with the ultimate goal of reaching 500,000 in 2025.

The plan outlines specific targets for various immigration categories, including 110,770 for Federal High Skilled immigrants in 2024 and an increase to 117,500 in 2025 and 2026. Additionally, 82,000 spots are allocated for immigrants, including spouses, partners, and children in 2024, rising to 84,000 in the following years. The Start-up Visa Program and Self-employed Persons Program aims for 5,000 new immigrants in 2025.

From 2026 onwards, the government plans to stabilize permanent resident levels at 500,000, allowing for effective integration and emphasizing economic class admissions. The Levels Plan also addresses the recalibration of temporary resident admissions for long-term sustainability.

Recognizing advancements in digital systems and improved client service by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the plan highlights progress made in processing capacity and reducing application backlogs.

The initiative supports employers through category-based selection, focusing on individuals with work experience in sectors such as health care, STEM, transportation, agriculture, agri-food, and trades. The government’s collaboration with provinces, territories, employers, stakeholders, and Indigenous peoples aims to adapt to immigration-driven population growth, aligning with the vision outlined in “An Immigration System for Canada’s Future.”

The Immigration Matters campaign by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada showcases the positive impact of newcomers on local communities, emphasizing the government’s commitment to a robust and inclusive immigration system.

Source: Financial Express